Things do not end with buying and installing a new garage door in Kedron. The thing is, it require proper care and maintenance for them to retain their top quality and condition. In fact, even if you purchased a topnotch brand and a heavy-duty material, it is still a must that you do the right things to care for your garage door. Here are some tips on door maintenance that will help you keep the door looking and working like it is brand new and minimising the need for garage door repairs.
Garage Door Repair – Problems and Fixes in Kedron
A first look at all of the parts and pieces that comprise a garage door can understandably intimidate you. The huge chunks of pieces of metal tracks, hinges, rollers, springs, cables, handles, struts, door panels and a heap of nuts, bolts and screws are enough to overwhelm even a hardened mechanic. We all know that the garage door is the biggest piece of equipment found in the average home. So a degree of apprehension is unavoidable when you first embark on a home improvement project involving installation of garage doors.
To help you deal with the job of regular assembling your garage doors, some eminent garage-door manufacturing companies have started to market user-friendly door kits. These come with easy to comprehend instructions. If you go through the instruction manual thoroughly and make an effort to understand the entire procedure before actually starting the work, it will be easier for you to complete the task successfully. Get yourself familiarized with all the terms; learn to recognize all the parts and the hardware, and your job will become simpler to execute.
However, one word of caution - do hire professional help for removing an existing garage door. The powerful springs that control the maneuverings of the door are under a lot of tension when the door is closed and can cause serious injuries. You must not even attempt to cut the cables attached with the spring or the spring itself on your own.
After the old door is removed, you would need to scrutinize the wood framing around the garage door opening. Ensure whether there exists any wood rot. The door track needs to be fastened with bolts to a solid framework. So any rotten wood should be promptly replaced.
Smooth operation of the door requires the tracks to be level and parallel. All the sections of the garage door are stacked over the first one. The first section of the garage door must be faultlessly level. If the new door is made of wood, cut the excess wood and sand the bottom of the door so it matches the slope of the garage floor.
Always make sure that you use permitted and standardized hardware provided by the garage door manufacturer. The bottom brackets that fix to the bottom corners of the first section must be firmly secured to the door. However, over-tightening might strip the bolts. Do bear in mind that the cables that hoist the door are connected to these brackets. The brackets are put through enormous lifting forces. Hence this can tear away from the door be hurled like missiles if not fastened properly.
The weight of a garage door, amassed with all the hardware components can easily reach 400 pounds or more. Hence, it is vital to make certain that the overhead track is strongly supported and in faultless configuration. Otherwise, when the door begins to go up the track may fall or the door may come out of the track and fall, causing critical injuries.
Garage Door Pieces and Parts - And Servicing Them
So you go to your local Sears store and there is a whole wall of garage door openers. The sales associate is helpful and shows you ALL the items. But you just leave confused. I'll make it easy here and give you the simplest way to figure out which Craftsman garage door opener is best for you.
There are five basic steps to help you get the right door opener and installed in you location.
Step One, Measure the height of you door:
Step Two, Select the HP (horsepower):
Step Three, Select the type of garage door opener:
Step Four, Select the type of remotes you need:
Step Five, Professional Installation or Install it yourself:
Step One, Measure the height of you door:
Measure the height of the opening, not the door itself. Most garages door openings are around 7 feet high. If your opening is 8 feet, 9 feet or 10 feet you will have to buy an extension in addition to the garage door opener itself. If it is around 8 feet buy the 8 foot extension. If it is 9 or 10 feet buy the 10 foot extension.
Step Two, Select the HP:
There are two horsepower ratings for most garage door openers. 1/2 HP and 3/4 HP.
If you have an aluminum, aluminum insulated, or fiberglass door a 1/2 HP is plenty strong to open both a single car (7 to 9 feet wide) or a double car (16 feet wide) door.
If you have a wood door, a door with windows installed in it, a steel door or one of the new doors that look like they are off an old carriage house I recommend you go with the 3/4 HP door. (If a magnet sticks to your door it is steel.)
A new single car carriage style door can use a 1/2 HP opener. If you have an extra tall door (9 or 10 feet) or a door that is wider than 16 feet I also recommend you go with the 3/4 HP door. If you have a one-piece door (usually and old door made out of wood) I recommend a 3/4 HP door.
Step Three, Select the type:
There are three basic types of garage door openers. Chain drive, belt drive, and screw drive.
Chain drive garage door openers are what you are used to. They are reliable, noisy and usually last a long, long time. They come in many different sizes. For example, Sears has an economy version, homeowner versions and heavy duty versions. These chain drive garage door openers are usually the best value and can be easily sized for you garage door. You can buy extensions for the opener for 8 foot and 10 foot doors.
A Belt drive garage door opener is relatively new on the market. It uses a metal reinforced belt instead of a chain to make the drive much quieter than a chain drive. It's usually a little faster than a chain drive opener. If your garage is under the living space of your house and it sounds like a herd of elephants in your bedroom when someone uses the garage door the quiet belt drive may be the best choice for you. You can buy an 8 foot extension kit but not a 10 ft.
Screw drive units feature the fewest number of moving parts. They are powerful and quieter than chain drives. I believe Stanley was the first to introduce the screw drive garage door opener 15 years or so ago. Stanley is not making garage door openers anymore but Sears and Genie still have these available. I expect the screw drives to be replaced with "torsion spring" technology in a few years. You can buy an 8 foot extension for this type but not a 10 foot.
Step Four, Select the remotes: There are different types of remotes. Single button - one button, one door. Mini - small remote to hook right on your key chain. Three function - more buttons to control more doors and even the light in your home. Wireless keypads - attach this to the outside of your garage to open the door securely and safely. Finger Print Wireless Keypad - accepts only the fingerprints you have programmed into it. Great for families with children. Door Monitor - You can use this inside your home to check if the garage door is open or not.
Sears offers different "packages" with the garage door openers to give you the best value.
Step Five, Professional Installation or Install It Yourself
I put this choice as a separate step because there is a good amount of work to install a garage door opener. Yes, your father-in-law can probably do it, but do you really want to pay for a case of beer and at least two trips to the hardware store? If you have not installed one yourself before plan on 4 to 6 hours for a new installation and 2 to 4 hours to replace an existing opener. Sears offer professional installation at a very reasonable price (in my area $109 and the installers have put in hundreds of openers) so it is worth a discussion whether it is a good choice for you to install it yourself.
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