Things do not end with buying and installing a new garage door in Manly West. 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 Manly West
If your garage overhead door has become loose in it's tracks or seems heavier to lift than it used to be, you may well be correct. Door hinges and rollers wear out over time and become sloppy. Adding grease may help for a short period but in the end you will have to replace some of the door parts. Basically there three types of hinges used. They are stamped #1, #2 and #3's. When you look at your door you will notice that at the top and bottom are two roller brackets that are different from the rest of the hinges on the door listed above. The bottom roller bracket also has a protruding peg where the spring cable is attached. The top bracket projects further out from the door then the rest of the rollers to allow the door to when opened, immediately follow the curved section of the track without binding. A word of caution. Never remove the bottom bracket without first disconnecting the lift spring and cable when the door is open. If the cable is removed from the bottom roller bracket with the door closed, the spring will recoil with no control and can cause a serious injury.
Before removing any hinges, close the door and place two C-clamps or Vise grips in both tracks just at the top of the door to prevent any movement if the lift springs are still connected. You may by removing one hinge at a time (not the bottom roller bracket), replace each hinge one by one in the exact position where it was removed. Purchase roller grease made for overhead door rollers and apply a liberal amount of grease to each roller as it is installed. Remind yourself to do this once a year as maintenance.
Once all the hinges are replaced take a good look at the door itself to assure that all the panels are in sound condition, all glass is unbroken and any other bolts or screws at the lift or foot handles for example are in place and are tight. If the bottom weather seal is broken or missing, replace that as well. Finish the door with a new coat of paint it needs it.
Remove your c-clamps and raise the door to the full open position. This will take all the tension out of the lift springs. If you do not know what "weight" your door springs are, most springs are spray a painted color on one end. Red, yellow, white and so on. Each color indicates what weight door it should be used on. Wood doors are very heavy and usually use the heaviest spring available. Aluminum doors, the lightest springs and so on. Carefully remove one side of the door's spring and cable. Check the cable pulley to assure it is not split or worn. Replace the spring, pulley and cable in the exact same manner in which is was removed. If in doubt, look at the one you have not removed as yet. Once both springs are replaced operate the door a number of times placing some extra grease in the tracks for the rollers to spread.
Your garage door should by much quieter to operate and much easier to lift and close. If you intend to install an electric garage door opener, these maintenance items are a must before you do the installation.
Garage Door Planning - How Tall and How Wide?
Most garage doors are sold on a parts only basis which can make them an ideal DIY project. Even so, it is important to bear in mind that fitting a garage door is not a simple undertaking, particularly if the door type involves a roller, sectional, or sliding door mechanism.
The first task is to decide which type of garage door, or garage door replacement is required. The options include: side hinged, up-and-over, sectional, roller, and sliding, with the options of manual or remote control operation.
All but side hinged doors will require the removal of the existing door and door frame (the frame can be retained for a hinged replacement door).
If there is to be a change in the door type, it is vital to ensure that the new mechanism (or frame) can be accommodated within the garage's entrance without snagging on any obstructions on the walls or roof.
Once the choice of door has been made, it will be necessary to plan the different fitting operations in sequence.
An up-and-over door
An up-and-over door requires the fitting of a frame which supports the door in its various positions and within which the door can travel through 90 degrees.
The fitting of this frame requires the setting out of the frame and its fixing points and the drilling (usually into masonry) for the screws and screw plugs. The support and fitting of this kind of frame will require a minimum of two people. There are two significantly different up-and-over door frame types - dependent upon whether the door has a canopy or a retractable motion.
Once the frame is fitted the door can be fed into the running tracks and any fine adjustments, to smooth-out the running mechanism, can be made accordingly.
A roller, sectional, or sliding garage door
Doors using a roller, sectional, or sliding opening and closing motion require more planning, more work and a higher level of precision.
All of these garage door types rely on a door that is composed of several hinged sections that bend or roll as the door is opened. This means that the door moves within runners that precisely guide the door at the top and the bottom, or along both sides, during its entire motion.
With this type of door mechanism, two sides of the door will be in constant contact with the tracks and they need to be in perfect alignment (either horizontally or vertically respectively).
When fitting one of these door types it is critical to ensure that there is ample room for the open door to stow-away above, or to the side of, the garage door opening.
Once this has been confirmed, the tracks can be fitted.
In the case of a sliding door, the tracks will run to one side of the opening and possibly to a more remote "door storage" area further away from the entrance. It is therefore important to buy a sufficient amount of track to transit the opened door to its resting location. The track will also have to be fitted in perfect "plumb", both above and below the doors intended running path.
This requires a smooth solid floor and a sufficient depth of vertical wall, or a structural roof, for the attachment of the fixings. There is less flexibility for "after fitting" adjustment with this kind of door.
A roller or sectional garage door stores above the door's opening and consequently requires some free roof space. This kind of door has both a transition frame (within which the door slides and folds) and a separate frame section, or roller, onto which the open door is stored/held.
It is important that the configuration of the transition and storage components of the frame are in good alignment and that the complete frame section is securely and safely fitted.
Garage Door Installation: Manual and Automatic