|The torsion springs (the springs above the door) should only be adjusted by a professional. Do not attempt to repair or adjust torsion springs yourself.
Old Springs - Your garage doorís springs are arguably the most important and most dangerous part of your door. Springs wear out. When they break, injury can result. If you have an older garage door, have your springs inspected by a professional technician and replaced if needed. If your door has two springs, both should be replaced, even if one is not broken. This will not only prevent any damage caused by the breaking of the second spring, but also keep your door working efficiently.
Loud Springs - Springs can squeak and be noisy. This is caused by normal use and does not necessarily indicate a problem. Before calling a professional service technician, use a spray-on lubricant (recommended especially for garage doors). If the noise persists, call a professional garage door installer for service.
WARNING - Springs are under high tension. Only qualified persons should adjust them.
Garage door springs, cables, brackets, and other hardware attached to the springs are under very high tension and, if handled improperly, can cause serious injury. Only a qualified professional or a mechanically experienced person should adjust them, but only by carefully following the manufacturer's instructions.
The torsion springs (the springs above the door) should only be adjusted by a professional. Do not attempt to repair or adjust torsion springs yourself.
A restraining cable or other device should be installed on the extension spring (the spring along the side of the door) to help contain the spring if it breaks.
WARNING - Never remove, adjust, or loosen the screws on the bottom brackets of the door. These brackets are connected to the spring by the lift cable and are under extreme tension.
Regularly lubricate the moving parts of the door. However, do not lubricate plastic idler bearings. Consult the door owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommendation.
Garland Power & Light
After a fire decimated Garlandís business district for the third time in sixteen years, the need for a municipal water and sewer system was evident. Garlandís leaders knew a municipal water and sewer system would not only help reduce the local fire insurance rates, but also aid the fledgling community of 1,400 in attracting future growth.
In 1920, the City of Garlandís first water and sewer systems were funded with a $100,000 bond issue. Water line construction commenced and pumps were purchased with the assumption that Texas Power & Light would provide electric service at a commercial rate. To the astonishment of city leaders, Texas Power & Light offered a rate so high that the cost to provide water service would be economically impractical.
With Texas Power & Light refusing to negotiate with Garland on the electric rate and the water system nearing completion, Garland leaders began to consider starting their own electric system. Part of the equipment Garland had already purchased was a 75 HP Fairbanks-Morse diesel generator, intended for use as an emergency back-up power supply for the water pumps. But, if Garland intended to start its own electric system, it would need a second generator. Bond funds were expended and no money was available for the purchase of a second generator. Fairbanks, Morse & Co. offered to sell to the City, on credit, a second generator provided the City would build its own electric distribution system and use the revenue to retire the debt. A group of local businessmen personally guaranteed the line of credit used to fund the fledgling enterprise.
On April 1, 1923, Garland officially entered the electric and water utility business. The system was an instant success and by October of 1923 the City Council convened to consider adding another generator to meet the rapid customer growth. A third generator was purchased as Garland Power & Light began to flourish.
From these humble origins, GP&L has now grown to include two generating plants, C.E. Newman and Ray Olinger. These two plants combined produce 430 megawatts of generating capacity.
In addition to its own generation, Garland is partners with the cities of Bryan, Denton, and Greenville in the Texas Municipal Power Agency which operates the Gibbons Creek Power Plant. With more than 62,000 customers, Garland Power & Light has grown to become the third largest municipal electric system in the State of Texas and the thirty-ninth largest in the nation.
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