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DIY Guide for Garage Door Installation

A new garage door can modernize the exterior of your home and improve your home safety as well. Some retailers offer complete garage door installation services. However, sometimes, you will be required to repair the garage door in case of breakdown. Doing it yourself may save some extra cash. If you have in-depth skills, you can install your new garage door in a matter of days. 

To successfully install the garage door safely and effectively, ensure all the necessary tools are available. Once this is done, follow all guidance and installation tips provided by the manufacturers. 

You will need to have several mandatory tools and equipment as you prepare to install the garage door. Once you have all the necessary tools, it’s time to dive into the real task. Here are few steps to follow for a successful garage door installation.

Ease the Tension of Your Garage Door

The first step during garage door repair Sugar Land TX is to remove the springs. During this step, you need to exercise extreme caution to avoid unprecedented injuries. You don’t want that heavyweight to end up on your toes. Therefore, make it a habit to release the torsion spring’s tension before commencing your garage door repair.

To successfully remove the springs, you need to use the adjustable locking pliers to clamp the spring shaft and wedge the pliers against the door’s wall. When you do that, you will notice holes in the spring cone. The holes are used to loosen and tighten the spring. Use the string rod to loosen the screw that holds the winding cone.

Disconnect the Garage Door

At this point, you have released the tension of the garage door. What follows is to disconnect the door from the opener. It would be best if you also were vigilant when disconnecting your door. After all, your safety is paramount during any DIY activity. 

How do you disconnect your door safely? Pull that red-colored handle. It is an emergency release handle. You will notice you’re moving in a vertical position to allow you lower and raise your garage door with ease. Start at the top and remove the hinges. After that, loosen the boots to separate the track and the panels. 

Assemble the Sectional Door Panels

At step three, the real installation begins. You can now replace a few things here and there to reinforce the panels against blowing in the center, make holes, and use the screw to secure the bar to the panels. Attaché the hinges on each panel and attach axial support to the top and bottom panels. After that, you will now start to replace each new panel with the previous one and repeat the process to the end. 

Install the Hinges and the Tracks

At this point, you are halfway through with your garage door installation. Attach the top hinge to the panel and place the axle into the hinges. Next, install the track and ensure wheels lie perfectly in the track. Lastly, secure the door cable to the hook on the panel axle support, then attach the bottom bracket to the wall. 

After that, put together every single material that supports the spring. Attach them to the track, then use the door ceiling support, place the curved section of the track on the vertical piece pre-crafted. After doing that, you then attach the other side of the ceiling bracket. Line your horizontal and vertical tracks up, and then bold them together.

Finish Up Everything 

You are almost done. The next step would be to connect the spring anchors to the springs. Attach the spring locking cone, bolt the two springs tightly to the header bracket.

Slide the torsion rod into the holes located in the side header brackets, and fix the pulleys to each end of this rod to install it. 

Attach the cable from beneath to the pulley wheel to turn the wheel. Doing this will help you pull any taut over the pulley. Slide the wheel to the header bracket to tighten all parts. After that, you then fix a pair of locking pliers to the rod outside the bracket.

Lastly, follow your manufacturer’s manual on carrying out garage door repair Sugar Land TX to help determine how many turns are required to tighten the spring properly. Once the spring is tightened correctly, replace all bolts to lock the spring in place before removing the torsion rod’s pliers.

Circle V Ranch Receives $16,000 of Upgrades

Yes, you heard it right. Circle V Ranch Camp Receives $16,000 of New LED Lighting & Refrigeration Upgrades Via Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership & Santa Maria Chamber Grant.

The annual cost savings estimated at $4,442 for the Non-profit Camp Rebuilding from 2017 Whittier Wildfire.

Below you can see the before and after shots to notice the striking difference that the upgrades had accomplished:

BEFORE

Before

AFTER

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The difference is that in the first picture, original florescent lights are present that results in an unpleasant yellow-colored atmosphere. The Camp’s 16 guest cabins shown to hold the new LED lights are Camp Director Ray Lopez; Energy Watch Project Liaison & Camp Volunteer Tony Yanez; Staples Energy Specialist Norman Knowles and SBCEWP Program Manager Dave Cross (left to right).

After the LED lights replace them, the second picture reveals a lighting difference as the yellow-colored atmosphere is no longer present, but in fact, has everything appear in a brighter tone. The members in the second photo are Project Liaison & Camp Volunteer Tony Yanez; Camp Director Ray Lopez; Staples Energy Program Manager Tori Bennett; Staples Energy Specialist Norman Knowles; SoCalGas Senior Account Executive Frank Mateo; SoCalGas Program Manager Jeff Lawler and SBCEWP Program Manager Dave Cross (left to right).

 

Santa Barbara County, California–This summer, Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center received $16,000 of new LED lighting and refrigeration upgrades with custom installation through the Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership (SBCEWP). This also included a $6,000 grant from Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce as well as receiving $4,000 from a private donor. The Energy Watch Partnership is a program funded by PG&E and SoCalGas with the goal of significantly reducing energy use and promoting sustainable practices–Mother Nature would definitely be proud of this. The annual estimated cost savings are $4,442 equaling 30,851 kWh of energy saved.

“We are thrilled to have new LED lighting throughout our entire facility and refrigeration upgrades now! This year-long project was spear-headed by Camp volunteer Tony Yanez of Santa Ynez, who has worked with an incredible team put together by the Partnership not only to fund the $16,000 project but also to install it so professionally. We are grateful to the Partnership for contributing $6,000; the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce for their $6,000 grant as well as $4,000 from a private donor to make this entire project a reality. It really means so much as we continue rebuilding Circle V after the damages we had during the 2017 Whittier wildfire,” says Ray Lopez.

“Helping Circle V Ranch Camp reduce their energy costs more than $4,400 per year especially as they rebuild from the Whittier fire makes this particular project even more important. Many thanks to the great crew from Staples Energy who did the assessment of all the Camp’s 16 guest cabins as well as the dining lodge, kitchen, office spaces, outbuildings and storage areas; then did all the custom installation over the course of this summer,” adds Dave Cross, program manager for the SBCEWP.

To gain some more knowledge about St. Vincent de Paul Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center, here are some interesting facts to feed your brain.

  • It was founded in 1945 by St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles. The camp has been located across from Cachuma Lake in Santa Barbara County in the Los Padres National Forest on 30 acres since 1990.
  • Have kids and want to take them somewhere? During the summer, Circle V Ranch Camp sessions offer six days and five nights of traditional supervised fun for boys and girls ages 7-13 years and leadership training for ages 14-17 years. Campers enjoy activities including archery, arts & crafts, hiking, swimming in the pool, learning about nature, reading skills, painting, photography, playing baseball, basketball, ping pong, foosball, soccer, miniature golf and of course, campfires, skits and singing. This is basically heaven for your children. Campers stay in wood cabins or traditional canvas tents. Three nutritious daily meals served family-style in the Dining Lodge are not only for food but also for camaraderie and fellowship.
  • In summer 2016, the camp hosted more than 1,000 children for this time-honored experience. During autumn, winter and spring, Circle V is available for rental to other non-profit groups and organizations welcoming more than 3,000 guests of all ages.

 

After closing due to damage during the Whittier Wildfire on July 8, 2017, Circle V continues to rebuild its water treatment facilities, Craft and Health cabins with a goal of reopening in 2019.

Donations to help reopen are needed and welcomed here. For general information visit www.CircleVRanchCamp.org

More interested in hearing about the Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership? It is a program designed to promote and implement energy efficiency in government, businesses and residential homes. It is funded by PG&E and Southern California Gas, and the program is administered by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce. SBCEWP consists of PG&E, Southern California Gas, City of Buellton, City of Guadalupe, City of Santa Maria, City of Solvang, and the County of Santa Barbara. Since 2010, the Partnership has helped over 450 businesses and organizations in northern Santa Barbara County save on energy and reduce costs. Altogether, the energy savings from upgrading the energy efficiency of businesses (over 15,149,746 kWh annually) is enough to power 1,386 homes. In addition, the average business savings is $4,761 in energy costs per year. In addition, the Partnership has upgraded municipal buildings in Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Solvang, Buellton, and in the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County with 122 projects saving 2,307,292 kW, representing over $324,866 in taxpayer savings with enough to power 211 homes. For more information, visit http://santamaria.com/energy-watch-partnership

Jaguar’s New SUV

Ahead of its global auto show debut at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, March 28 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, Jaguar announced an extreme variant of its best-selling F-PACE performance SUV – the F-PACE SVR.

Watch the film here.

Already recognized as the 2017 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year, as well as being the best-selling model in the Jaguar line-up since its launch two years ago, the F-PACE was a natural choice to receive SVR upgrades. The performance enhancements made to create the F-PACE SVR make it the fastest and most powerful F-PACE yet. Boasting an enhanced chassis, improved aerodynamics and 170 more horsepower than the current range-topping F-PACE S, the F-PACE SVR is built for maximum driver reward in various conditions.

Engineered by Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 found in the F-PACE SVR produces 550hp and 502lb. ft. of torque; a 44% uplift in power, enabling it to reach 0-60mph in just 4.1 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds) on its way to a top speed of 176mph (283km/h)1.

“The F-PACE SVR delivers the handling and agility to match its performance,” said Mike Cross, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity at Jaguar Land Rover. “Everything from the steering to the bespoke suspension set-up has been tuned specifically for our performance SUV and the result is a vehicle that lives up to the promise of both the F-PACE and SVR names.”

Aerodynamic enhancements include larger air intakes at the front and side fender vents that lower pressure in the wheel arches, reducing lift and providing additional cooling while also assisting with high-speed stability2. In addition, unique wheel arch extensions and lower body moldings provide a low-slung muscularity that sets the SVR apart.

An exclusive SVR hood features vents to help extract hot air from the engine bay, providing visual evidence of the car’s dynamic intent.

At the rear, a unique spoiler is joined by a new bumper housing the Active Exhaust system’s quad tailpipes. The bumper incorporates side strakes designed to aid aerodynamic performance by smoothing airflow away from the rear of the vehicle.

The upgraded chassis features a set of progressive front and rear springs that are 30- and 10-percent stiffer respectively; incorporating an anti-roll system that contributes to a 5-percent overall reduction in body roll.

New, lightweight forged 21- and optional 22-inch alloy wheels are wider at the rear by almost 1-inch (25mm) compared to the front and contribute to the vehicle’s enhanced handling. The 22-inch wheels are 5.3lbs lighter on the front and 3.7lbs lighter on the rear and are designed to deliver greater airflow to the larger 15.5-inch (395mm) front and 15.6-inch (396mm) rear brake discs. The brake discs feature an advanced two piece construction on the front and rear, and when combined with the lighter wheels reduce unsprung mass, further contributing to the new car’s agile handling.

The F-PACE SVR also features an F-TYPE inspired Variable Valve Active Exhaust System; providing not only a charismatic soundtrack, but also increasing exhaust gas flow as another factor behind the SUV’s increased performance capability. The SVR exhaust is 14.5lbs lighter than the standard exhaust system in the F-PACE.

As the first F-PACE to utilize a rear Electronic Active Differential (EAD), the differential in the SVR works in conjunction with a comprehensive range of advanced technologies, each calibrated to deliver increased on-road performance and handling. The torque on-demand All-Wheel Drive system’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) control technology has been optimized to maximize the benefit of the EAD, while the software for the Adaptive Dynamics suspension, Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) and Dynamic Driving Mode are all unique to the F-PACE SVR. Engaging Dynamic mode initiates faster, more responsive gearshifts, sharper throttle responses and increased steering response for a more engaging driving experience in all conditions.2

Inside, the F-PACE SVR features slimline performance front seats that provide enhanced lateral support and have the signature Jaguar lozenge quilting and embossed SVR logo. In addition, unique rear seats echo the heavily sculpted designs of the seats up front, while the SUV’s sports car character is underlined by a SportShift Gear Selector like what is found in the F-TYPE sports car. Finally, the SVR branded steering wheel is enhanced with tactile aluminum paddle shifters.

For all its performance, the SVR retains the practicality and versatility inherent to the ‘PACE’ family of crossovers and SUVs; the 33.5cu. ft. of available loadspace (with rear seats up) is unaffected by the enhancements made to the SVR model. As with other F-PACE vehicles the SVR keeps passengers connected and entertained on the move with an available 4G Wi-Fi connection for up to eight devices; advanced Touch Pro infotainment system with 10-inch touchscreen standard; and a standard 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display instrument cluster.4,5,6

Four interior color themes help to highlight the vehicle’s high performance personality; Red with Jet, Light Oyster with Jet, Siena Tan with Jet and Jet with Light Oyster stitching.

Drawing on extensive all-terrain expertise of both the Jaguar and Land Rover brands, the F-PACE SVR features a host of advanced technologies such as All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics, All Surface Progress Control and Adaptive Surface Response to aid performance on a variety of surfaces and in a variety of weather conditions2.

 

The F-PACE SVR will be priced from $79,9903 when it arrives in retailer showrooms Summer of 2018, and comes standard with a best-in-class ownership package7, Jaguar EliteCare.

 

Customers can visit www.JaguarUSA.com for more information and to build their own F-PACE SVR.