International Door & Operator Industry

MAY-JUN 2018

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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protection such as photo- sensors. It has been in effect for 34 years and yet there are still some who are not familiar with it. One-piece doors are still very popular in California and throughout the West Coast and I work on them all the time. At one time Holmes Industries was the biggest producer of one-piece doors and my father told me when he first entered the garage door business in 1965 people called the one-piece door "the California door." New home builders rarely install one- piece doors and the current garage door of choice is a sectional type door utilizing tracks and torsion springs for counterbalancing. This is probably due to availability. Sectional doors are available from a dozen different companies. One- piece doors have a huge pinch point on each side of the door where a pet or child can get trapped, so in my opinion sectional doors are also safer for users. Having to construct a new frame for a sectional door is not something every installer looks forward to, but it is done anyway out of necessity. So in time all residential homes in California will employ sectional type doors only. I'm guessing that repair parts for the jam hardware and one-piece doors will become difficult to find and probably be pricey. Currently there are only a few manufacturing a wooden 16X7 one-piece door for door replacement. Steel door manufacturers will make a 16X7 one-piece door by using four 16'X21" sections and connecting them on the backside with structural angles. On the outside they can add a wooden overlay to customize the look. This is fine if you TECHNICAL can manage transporting and lifting the heavy awkward one-piece door in place. A small pickup truck with a lower rack is helpful when taking down a one- piece door or placing the new door in position. This is why most garage door servicemen in California use smaller pick-ups and not a full size pickup. California has a bill in the state house that if it passes may require all residential door operators to have a Battery backup. California door dealers keep an eye on SB969 Here is the link to the California house: http://leginfo. legislature.ca.gov/faces/ billNavClient.xhtml?bill_ id=201720180SB969 If it passes it may go into effect quickly. Start sourcing a supplier that has battery backup operators. Gate Operators have seen many safety changes since March 2000 and it is highly recommended that gate operators should be replaced for newer safer designs also. Basically any operator that does not employ a monitored photo-sensor is now outdated and should be replaced with a current safer design. Replacement may not be the least costly solution, but many times IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO for the homeowners and the installer. Roy Bardowell III, Owner/Luxor Door Service, Huntington Beach, CA., 714-727-5000 Jamb-type hardware for one piece doors "One-piece doors are still very popular in California and throughout the West Coast and I work on them all the time... New home builders rarely install one-piece doors and the current garage door of choice is a sectional type door utilizing tracks and torsion springs for counterbalancing. This is probably due to availability... One- piece doors have a huge pinch point on each side of the door where a pet or child can get trapped, so in my opinion sectional doors are also safer for users." Some idiot thought you could repair a steel cable by adding rope? Continued from page 22 24 International Door & Operator Industryâ„¢

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