Wow, this is pretty neat, I just had to share.  I found it after watching the garage door safety vid and was blown away!  Reminds me of the old “beer bottle” trick my grandfather taught me.  If you’re ever nervous that someone can get in your door (window etc) put a beer bottle (haha) or anything that will make noise when knocked over by the door and voila, cheap alarm system.  This is the same principle, very cool!  Enjoy.

I recently bought a new home that had been fully gutted and renovated by a contractor, or at least I thought so.

After we moved in I started to notice little things, like a pot light not quite fitting into the ceiling, cracks showing around it.  Or a freshly painted wall that written number showed through when the sun shone on it just right….obviously a little “light” on the paint job.

Anyway, one of the best features for me of our new home is the garage, after all, who doesn’t love extra storage right?  But as I started to notice the little issues I worried about the garage door, it was in good shape but not new, the garage door opener seems to be from 40 years ago!  So I checked online for what is important for a garage door from a safety standpoint and I found a link to this great video from a local garage door company.

I know that automatic garage doors can be dangerous, and trap or injury anyone in a closing door. I am a DIYer but I know when to leave stuff to the professionals.  For the garage door I can handle simple maintenance but big things like part replacements or the installation of garage doors springs  are out of my range.

I mean I know the basics about garage door safety, like;

  1. No one should walk under a moving door and know how to use the emergency release, in case someone ever gets stuck under the door
  2. Not to let my kids play with the remote controls, have activation buttons six feet above the floor to avoid kids being able to play with them.
  3. Teach The Kids About Garage Door and Opener Safety, so important especially if they are old enough to have friends over without being constantly monitored.
  4. Never walk or drive away from a closing garage door, keep it in sight until it’s down to be sure no one get’s hurt rushing through and ends up stuck and alone.

    Make sure the kids know to stay clear of the rails and joints and other door parts.