International Door & Operator Industry

MAR-APR 2012

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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TECHNICAL All About Hardware by Gary Lombard Doors are manufactured in a lot of different sizes to accommodate a residential or commercial opening. Understanding the specifi ed hardware for the door and knowing how to "upgrade" when the need arises, can do wonders for increasing the bottom line of a job and giving the customer something that will truly pay for itself over the long run. Let's take a look at what we can do with hardware. When working with residential doors some are still generic enough where you can make changes to the hardware and not compromise the operation of the door. Some of these changes may be that you switch to a heavier gauge hinge or to a longer life or quieter type of a roller. Particularly, if you are installing a heavy wood sided door or carriage house door, you may want to consider upgrading the hinges and rollers as much as possible due to shear weight of the door itself. Certain applications may require that the door be installed in a garage where the customer may be installing a car lift or the ceiling is so high where both of these installations require high- lift track. Many door dealers make these changes in track type "in-house". Being able to do that requires good understanding and knowledge of re- balancing the door and making up a set of track to fi t a customers certain custom fi t application. The other application where switching out the rollers is benefi cial to the customer is when the garage is located underneath a bedroom of other living quarters of the house. Doing anything that can eliminate vibration and noise is very helpful in this type of situation. Other residential doors that are manufactured with pinch proof joints are not as easy to retrofi t different type of hinges to. As a matter of fact, most cannot be changed to any other type of hinge due to the way the door was made and how the joints of the door sections fi t together. You can normally still change out he rollers to a longer life or quiet roller if the need Para la versión en Español, visitare arises. Modifying the track type on can be done on these type of doors as well; although if the original door was equipped with and enclosed manufacturer specifi c counterbalance assembly, the entire counterbalance system would need to be changed out to a normal set of springs, drums and cables. Again, having knowledge in this area is critical if a dealer is to attempt a decision to change out the counterbal- ance system himself. Perimeter weather strip is another part of the hardware package that has a lot of different options available. Once upon a time, there was only a few options to choose from. Now days, you can choose the vinyl in a lot of different colors to match the different colors of doors that are available. Customers who are buying custom wood or carriage house doors may want the perimeter weather strip made of the same materials used on the face of the garage door. Some door dealers may be able to make a specifi c type of trim that incorporates the vinyl edge, Continued on page 30 V O LU M E 45 I S S U E 2 2 012 29

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