What You Can Fix Alone06/10/2014 Back To Blog
Very often people get very confused when it comes to garage door maintenance. Quite often they hear about the importance of taking care of garage door problems and then again they read about all the potential dangers that can come from unskilled garage door repair. It's basically a very thin line between what we are allowed to do as homeowners and what we should refrain from. So, what exactly can we do and what are the things we should stay away from?
Can I lubricate garage door parts?
Basically, it is not that complicated, it is only poorly explained. As an overall, repairs need good experience, the right tools and expertise. We are often discouraged to repair parts because the mechanism is complex. We are definitely warned to stay away from garage door springs because they are mounted with high tension that can be abruptly released and inflict injuries. One must definitely know one's limits and surely garage panels are heavy, need special handling and attention.
So, what we can do? Our tasks are limited in cleaning the door and its parts. If you are careful and good handymen, you could also lubricate the components and adjust the sensors and the garage door track. You could tighten a few loose nuts and check whether the door moves properly, the hinges are rusty and the door is balanced. You can test the sensors and see if the bottom seal is worn. You can be mindful to strange noises or even paint the panel.
Don't think for a second that these tasks are not important. Having a good look at the parts and knowing whether you need maintenance or cleaning the tracks ensuring that garage door rollers will move smoothly is extremely significant. Every other task can put you in trouble since you might get injured, choose the wrong repair parts or do the job improperly. If you think about it, it's not to your advantage to repair the garage door yourself. Sometimes, mistakes come with a great cost!