Pullenvale Overhead Door Repair

Things do not end with buying and installing a new garage door in Pullenvale. 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.

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There are different types of doors for your house that you can choose from but what about some eye candy for your car's home? It might not seem like the most important feature to consider but it does add value to your house and makes you feel proud of how it looks.

  • Single Garage Doors.
These are versatile when it comes to a bigger family. There are many people who choose to put two single doors next to each other. The invisible lines that your brain creates help you to park straight. Experienced drivers might not believe it but it helps those amateur drivers more than you might think. It will also teach them to park in limited space. Single garage doors also use less energy when, either, lifting or using a motor. Standard sizes will also be ideal for a larger garage if you have more than one car.

  • Double Garage Doors.
These tend to look quite large but they are practical in many ways. You will find the automatic doors that open like normal doors or the model that rolls up. A roll up double garage door with a motor uses more energy than the single version but it is a practical solution when it comes to your safety. Whereas the regular or oscillating door model needs two motors to open the doors simultaneously. There are a couple of models that open at a horizontal plane but you would require a bit of space for the door to drive on. People usually use this concept on gates or garage doors that face the street because of the neighbouring wall protecting it. Double garage doors for large garages where a person tends to work on their car. There is more room in a large garage for this purpose.

Subcategories of garage doors include double oscillating doors; roll up doors or horizontal opening doors. Each has its own benefits.

  • Oscillating doors need more garage space on the inside because of the path it takes to open. They aren't as modern looking but they do add a classic feel to the environment.
  • Roll up doors need an incredible amount of energy to move along the vertical plane but these doors won't need extra space when being opened.
  • Horizontal opening doors will need space to open into. They don't use as much space as you think though.
Everyone has a different style and each of these garage doors are functional and keep your cars protected.

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How to Maintain Your Wooden Garage Doors

IMPORTANT NOTE: READ THIS WHOLE GUIDE BEFORE STARTING!

This is a D.I.Y. guide and can be performed by any one providing you have the correct tools:

1. 4mm Pin Punch.
2. Mole Grips.
3. Cable cutting tool such as snips or pliers.
4. Hammer.
5. Screwdrivers.
6. Set of steps.

To begin, if only one cable has snapped you will need to cut the cable on the other side to allow you to be able to replace both sides. If you still have tension in the spring then put the c-clip into the whole in the shaft to the left of the right hand side cone.

This should be supplied with your cones and cables repair kit.

Once this is in place you can cut the intact cable.

After cutting the cable you will need to climb up your steps and locate the 4mm pin which holds the cone in place on the shaft. When you have located this (you may need to rotate the shaft slightly to get access) take your hammer and 4mm pin punch and knock the pin all the way through and into the timber frame. I recommend you spray the end of the punch with some WD40 or similar so it is easier to pull back out when the pin is removed.

If the door is fitted between the opening then it is likely you will have to loosen the gear from the top of the frame to allow you to pull the cone from the shaft.

IMPORTANT: You MUST do one side at a time!

When you have the cone free, replace it with the new one and be sure to take the old pin out of the timber frame if it has jammed into it as it will be in the way if you do not! Don't replace the pin yet, leave the cone loose.

Refit the gear to the the frame.

Now go over to the other side and do the same.

Fitting the cable onto the pivot point.

When fitting the cable into the pivot point it is important to have the cables in the correct position otherwise the door will not open at all.

To do this put the pivot point through the loop. TIP: An easy way to do this is to unscrew the guide or runner and move it to one side, put the cable around the pivot point and re-fix the guide.

When done there will be some slack cable. Go back up to the cone and turn it towards you so that the slack cable wraps around the cone. When you have taken up the slack the the holes in the shaft and cone should match up. You can then knock the pin in. TIP: You may find it easier to knock the pin partially into the cone before taking up the slack cable as you will need to keep pulling the cone toward you until the pin is in. Alternatively, have an assistant hold the tension on the cone whilst you knock in the pin - be careful not to hit your assistants fingers with the hammer!

Now do the same on the other side.

If this is done correctly the left hand side pin should be at the 10 O'clock position and the right hand side should be at 2 O'clock.

The C clip can now be removed and the door should run up and down.

If the door is difficult to lift then you will have to put more tension on the spring. All up and over doors with cones and cables operate under the same principle but often there are slight differences from manufacturer to manufacturer but essentially you need to do the following:

About 2 feet in from the left hand side you will see a collar attached to the spring. This collar holds the spring tension to the centre shaft. If the collar has a nut type end then you should be able to hold the tension whilst undoing the screw(s) with an Allen Key. Once you have the spring under tension you then rotate the spring away from you (upwards). Depending on how much tension has been lost will depend on how many turns you need to give the spring. Generally speaking one movement is half a turn. Use a screwdriver or similar in the holes provided in the collar to rotate the spring. When the spring feels like it has gone as tight as it can go, hold the tension whilst tightening up the Allen Screws. Test the door slowly up and down. If it will not go all the way up without the cables going slack then you need to put more turns on the spring.

Finally, lubricate the guides and spray oil onto the spring also, this will help to keep any squeaking down and allow the door to move more freely.

You should allow a couple of hours to do this, although it can be done much quicker if the pins come out easily.

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