Posts Tagged ‘storm’

How to Open Your Automatic Garage Door Manually

January 20, 2010

For many people who live in a house, the automatic garage door is one of the many features that have added to modern living’s conveniences.  However, when the power goes out, the automatic garage door becomes useless…or does it?

Do you know how to open your automatic garage door manually in the event of a power outage? Here's how.If a storm full of lightning and thunder or a toppled tree takes out a power line, all is not lost.  Even without electricity, the manual opening of an automatic garage door will make sure that you are not stuck at home.

How To Open Your Automatic Garage Door Manually

Automatic Garage Doors with a Screw Drive Carriage

To disconnect the carriage and use the garage door manually:

Pull down on the red cord and rounded handle of the traveler carriage, releasing the door from the locking system.  This enables the manual lifting and opening and closing of the door.

To reconnect the carriage:

Pull the emergency release cord and rounded handle towards the motor, keeping the cord as parallel to the rail of the garage door opener as possible.  Give the cord a slight yank to reconnect.  You should now be able to use the automatic garage door.

Automatic Garage Doors with a Chain Glide Carriage

To disconnect the carriage and use the garage door manually:

Pull down on the red cord and rounded handle of the traveler carriage, releasing the door from the locking system.  This enables the manual lifting and opening and closing of the door.

To reconnect the carriage:

Pull the emergency release cord and rounded handle towards the motor, manually lifting or closing the door until the carriage locks into place.  You should now be able to use the automatic garage door.

Automatic Garage Doors with a Chain Drive Carriage

To disconnect the carriage and use the garage door manually:

Pull down on the red cord and rounded handle of the travel towards either the motor or door, locking the release bar down and disconnecting the carriage.  This enables the manual lifting and opening and closing of the door.

To reconnect the carriage:

Pull the emergency release cord and rounded handle straight down and release, manually lifting or closing the door until the carriage locks into place.  You should now be able to use the automatic garage door.

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Francis M. Unson

How to Build a Rainwater Collection System

January 19, 2010

Given the amount of rain that has arrived so far from the storm systems that are hitting Southern California, it brings to mind how desert dwellers (and Santa Clarita is near a desert region) make the most of the rainfall.  In order to collect as much of that rainfall as possible, people have built into their houses or businesses a rainwater collector.  While the water isn’t potable for human consumption, the water collected can be used for watering the plants or for the bathroom.  Read more

The following YouTube video, by bsntechdotcom, discusses what materials are needed to create an elevated rainwater collection system.

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Francis M. Unson

How do you cope with copious amounts of rain and wind?

January 18, 2010

Please retweetThe storm hitting Southern California this week will dump a lot of much-needed precipitation in the area.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of wind coming with it.  At least today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a holiday throughout most of the state, so many people did not have to come into work today.

When the weather gets very nasty outside, how do you cope?

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