Q:Are there any rules about how to build a mailbox?
A:As far as the aesthetic design of the mailbox, you should check with municipal codes and your homeown- er’s association, if you have one, for any restrictions in your area. As far as the mailbox dimensions and proximity to the street, according to the US Postal service your local postmaster must approve the loca- tion of your mailbox. This typically means that a roadside mailbox must be located where a carrier can reach inside without leaving the truck. That means positioning it about 41 to 45 in. off the ground and back about 6 to 8 in. from the curb. Visit www.ups.com for more information.
Q:When my garage door closes it immediately opens back up. How do I fix it?
A:These situations are often caused by the garage door sensors at the bottom corners of the door. As a safety device, the sensors transmit a laser to detect any obstructions. Start by ensuring that there are not any items block- ing the sensors at the bottom of the garage door. If something is in the path of the sensors, the door will not close, and this includes objects as fine as a spider web. Also, these sensors can sometimes get inadvertently knocked out of alignment. Make sure the sensor is oriented in a level line parallel to the door sill and aimed at the opposing sensor. Also, make sure the door is not hitting anything when it comes down that could be causing it to reverse. Sometimes if the door will not close all the way, the lights on the garage door motor will flash. The pattern of the flashes can indicate what the problem is. Check the garage door opener’s manual to see what the light flashing pattern means for your particular type of door.