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Garage Door Repair - Facts You Should Know


1. Garage Door Overhead Repair. 2. Garage Door Remote Clicker-Maintenance and Repair Tips. 3. Garage Door Torsion Spring-Repair Tips You Need to Know. 4. Garage Door Opener Repair. 5. Garage Door Cable Repair. 6. Garage Door Track Repair. 7. Handy Garage Door Installation Tips. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Garage Door Repair - Facts You Should Know

Garage Door Repair
  • Facts You Should Know

  1. Garage Door Overhead Repair
  2. Garage Door Remote Clicker-Maintenance and Repair
  3. Garage Door Torsion Spring-Repair Tips You Need
    to Know
  4. Garage Door Opener Repair
  5. Garage Door Cable Repair
  6. Garage Door Track Repair
  7. Handy Garage Door Installation Tips

Garage Door Overhead Repair
  • The first thing youll need to do is inspect the
    metal racks that are located in the garage. Take
    a look at the mounting brackets (these ensure
    that the tracks stay attached to the walls). If
    the brackets are lose, tighten the screws or
    bolts that are holding the brackets to the walls.
    Close the garage door and look at the tracks to
    see if there are any flat spots or dents that
    need to be repaired. If you see any damage, you
    can use a rubber mallet to level the tracks. You
    can also accomplish with this with a scrap wood
    block that is sturdy enough to pound out dents.
    If you try to get rid of the damage and dont see
    huge improvement, , its time to get new garage
    door tracks.
  • You should also use a level so that you can check
    the tracks for alignment. If the tracks are
    installed horizontally, they should slant
    downward and face the rear of your garage. If
    your garage has a roll-up door, make sure that
    the vertical parts of the door tracks should be
    plumb. Both of the tracks also have to be equal
    height on the walls of the garage. If the tracks
    arent properly aligned, you should loosen the
    tracks to even them, but dont remove them from
    the wall completely. Dont take the bolts or
    screws from the tracks, because these hold the
    mounting brackets, so loosen them so you can work
    with the tracks. Instead, just tap the tracks
    back into the right position. Check the tracks
    again and tighten the bolts to improve the way
    your garage door operates.

Garage Door Overhead Repair
  • Next, youll have to make sure the tracks are
    clean. Use a household cleaner that has strong
    cleaning power to get rid of dirt and grease.
    This allows the tracks to work at their full
    capacity use water and cleanser for cleaning,
    then wipe the rollers and tracks with a paper
    towel or washcloth until they are completely dry.
  • Finally, after cleaning, check on and around the
    garage door to make sure there are no loose
    pieces. If you see that a track or bracket isnt
    tight enough, secure it before you start using
    the garage regularly again. If your garage door
    rolls up, inspect the hinges that hold the door
    together, and replace hinges that are damaged. If
    you see that the screw hole is too large, get a
    new screw that is longer but has the same
    diameter. To hold the screw in place, dip the
    screw in carpenters glue and place it in the
    hole that youve already drilled in order to keep
    the screw in place. If you see that the wood
    around the hinge is cracked, take the hinge from
    the wall an fill in the cracks with a wood
    filler. Allow the filler to dry before replacing
    the hinge or move the hinge onto solid wood if
    you can.

Garage Door Remote Clicker-Maintenance and Repair
  • Finding a remote is a fairly easy process, but
    keeping a few things in mind while youre
    shopping can make it even easier. For instance, a
    remote with two buttons is best if youre using
    the device to open multiple garage doors. You may
    also want to get remote clickers that come in a
    set of two or three, so that all the drivers in
    your home will be able to operate the garage
    safely when leaving an returning to your home. If
    you have an extra remote, you can also leave it
    for house guests or contractors who need to get
    into your home while youre away.
  • A remote with smart capabilities is also ideal if
    you want to connect the remote to your smartphone
    for added home security. Wireless installation is
    also a great idea so that you can connect the
    garage door opener to your alarm or the cameras
    in your home so that people who arent supposed
    to have access to your home wont be able to get
    in. The remote should be battery-operated so you
    can use it immediately, and of course, you should
    find out all you can about the warranty before
    you buy. Even though remote clickers dont
    usually cost that much, it can be a hassle to
    have it repaired or replaced once you get a new
    door and have to reprogram the door to work with
    the remotes, or if there is a malfunction with
    the remote.
  • You should also be aware of the several types of
    garage door openers that you have to choose from
    based on the type of garage you have. If you have
    a garage door with a standard deign, you need a
    chain drive garage door opener. When you press
    the remote, it activates a chain that moves the
    garage door up and down. These garages can be a
    bit noisy, so its best to choose this variety if
    there are mostly adults in the house and opening
    the garage wont wake a sleeping baby or disturb
    your pets. You can also choose a belt drive
    garage and a remote to go along with it. A belt
    is used in place of a chain to operate the door
    attached garages function well with a belt drive
    door. If you have a garage door that operates on
    a threaded rod made of steel, you have a screw
    drive garage, and there are specific remotes for
    this as well.

Garage Door Torsion Spring-Repair Tips You Need
to Know
  • In most cases, youll be able to repair torsion
    springs that are mounted to both sides of your
    garage door anchor bracket. The bracket is
    located above the center of the garage door. The
    springs usually come with a list of instructions,
    and its a good idea for you to look for
    instructions and links to other parts of the
    garage door so you can ensure youre repairing
    the door correctly. To repair the door, look at
    the diagram and instructions for the type of
    garage door you have. For instance, if you see
    cable drums and cables on your door that look
    like the picture you see in the directions. The
    cable drum is made of cast aluminum in most
    cases. Youll also need to find the end bearing
    plate and make sure that you see how the cable
    unwraps off the rear of the drum and sits between
    the garage wall or jamb and the drum. The cable
    should also run alongside the door in order to
    keep it working well.
  • Whether youre fixing the torsion spring yourself
    or have decided to call a professional, you
    should know how much the entire process will cost
    so that you can budget accordingly. You should
    expect to spend between 200 and 300 for a
    repair technician to come replace two sprigs. If
    youve searched online for a garage repair
    service, its likely that youve seen prices
    around 700, with DIY blogs suggesting that
    youll save up to 500 if you do the job
    yourself, but this is not entirely accurate.
    Sometimes the price quotes are extremely high to
    encourage you to purchase DIY materials to get
    the job done. Look for a garage repair business
    in your area by searching sites like the Better
    Business Bureau (BBB) or Yelp. If you find a
    company that may be able to do the job through a
    Google search, check to make sure that the BBB
    logo is on the company website. If not, its
    probably best to go with a different company. If
    you find a few companies in your area that can do
    the job and you arent sure which one to select,
    ask for recommendations from your family members
    and colleagues. You can also look online to see
    what other customers have to say about the

Garage Door Opener Repair
  • One of the first things you should do is pull the
    emergency release cord with the garage door
    closed. See if the door will open and close
    smoothly. If youre having a hard time getting
    the door to go up or down, this indicates that
    youre having an issue with your rollers, springs
    and tracks, and the problem isnt with your
    garage door opener.
  • When youre figuring out whats wrong with your
    garage door and youve checked to ensure that the
    opener is not malfunctioning, make sure the door
    is down so that you can clearly see the brackets
    and springs before you do the necessary work. If
    you find that a door spring is loose, pull the
    emergency release cord after you raise the door
    so that the garage door wont come down too fast.
  • Its also best that you unplug the garage door
    opener. If someone visits your home and hits the
    remote button while youre working on the garage
    door, the door could close on you and you could
    also get electrocuted.

Garage Door Opener Repair
  • There are cases in which the garage door remote
    works but there may be something wrong with the
    wall switch. This means youll need to get new
    wall switches and wires, but youll need to know
    which ones arent working well. Unscrew the
    switch and touch two of the wires this is safe
    since the wires are low voltage and wont
    electrocute you. If the garage door opener still
    works when you put the wires together, this means
    you have a faulty switch. If youve got a garage
    door opener that is a little older, you can use a
    cheap doorbell button to repair the program. If
    you have a newer garage door opener with a light
    and locking option, purchase the replacement that
    is compatible with your model. A new one usually
    costs about 15.
  • If the garage door opener doesnt run when you
    connect the wires to the opener, use a smaller
    wire and jump the tire wires you connected to the
    opener at the opener terminal. If the opener
    works, this means that the wire that connects the
    opener and switch needs to be replaced. Or, the
    staples that are holding the wire to the wall
    will pinch the wire so that electricity doesnt
    travel through them properly. To avoid this,
    install a 18 to 22 gauge wire.
  • If the wall switch works but the remote isnt
    working, you can fix this by replacing batteries
    or buying a new receiver or remote. Check the
    batteries and if the batteries are fully charged
    but the remote isnt working, its time to get a
    new remote. You can find one at your nearest home
    repair store, or search for the remote you need

Garage Door Cable Repair
  • Before you do any work on the cables of your
    garage door, you should prepare for the job. Make
    sure the garage door is fully closed. If you have
    a slack cable, you may be able to fix it just by
    cutting a cable end and making the cable shorter
    by eliminating all the slack.
  • If you need to replace the garage door cable,
    close the door so that you can take the old cable
    out and install a new one. This is pretty easy,
    but you have to make sure theres enough tension
    in the cable once youve put the new cable on.
  • After youve repaired and replaced the cable,
    its important that you check your work. Make
    sure theres a good distance between you and the
    garage door before you open it about 15 feet is
    usually a safe distance. When youre not standing
    too close to the door, youll be able to keep
    yourself protected if a spring breaks and pops
    off of the cable.

Garage Door Cable Repair
  • Even though the process can be pretty
    straightforward, its also easy to make a few
    mistakes when youre repairing the garage door
    cable. For instance, you shouldnt let too much
    slack in when youre installing the cable, since
    this can keep the door from opening and closing
    the right way. The cables also have to be
    properly tightened and there are some cables you
    can purchase that will snap so they should be
    checked about twice a year for wear and tear.
  • Since the track is whats necessary to keep the
    door in the right place and functioning properly,
    garage door track installation is one of the most
    essential parts of the installation. The track is
    runners made of metal that are placed on the
    walls or ceiling of the garage the door slides
    on these cables when it is lowered or raised.
    When the tracks are installed properly, you can
    avoid problems with your garage door in the
  • Be sure to measure the tracks and the space where
    they will be positioned carefully. There has to
    be equal distance between the top of the runner
    and the top of the garage door, as well as equal
    distance on both sides of the track and the
    garage door. Usually, there should only be about
    half an inch of space between the track and the
    garage door. To make sure that both the door and
    the track are straight, use a tape measure.
  • Remember to also be careful with the screws when
    youre installing or repairing a garage door
    cable. The screws should be tight but not firm so
    that the drums holding the cables wont crack.
    Screws that are firm but only overly secure will
    keep your garage door functioning at its best.

Garage Door Track Repair
  • First, youll need to check the metal tracks
    located in the garage. Be sure to inspect the
    mounting brackets that attach the track to the
    walls of the garage. If the tracks are loose,
    tighten the screws and bolts at the brackets.
    Its best to work inside the garage with the door
    closed, and check the tracks for crimps, spots
    that are flat, and dents. If you see any damage,
    use a mallet or hammer to pound them out. If you
    use a hammer, use some scrap wood to help shape
    the track and prevent any further damage. If the
    tracks are severely distorted, its time to
    replace them.
  • Next, youll need to check the tracks with a
    level to ensure that they are aligned properly.
    If the tracks are horizontal, they should slant
    downward toward the back of your garage. If you
    have a roll-up door, the vertical parts of the
    track need to be exactly plumb. Make sure that
    both of the tracks are the same height in terms
    of how they are positioned on the walls of the
    garage. If the tracks arent aligned well, loosen
    the tracks but dont take the bolts or screws
    from the mounting brackets completely. Tap the
    tracks into the correct position and check the
    tracks again with a level so you can be sure
    theyre in the right position before tightening
    the screws or bolts to hold the tracks into their
    new position.
  • After this, youll need to clean the tracks. You
    can use a concentrated household cleanser to get
    the dirt and tough-to-remove grease off the
    tracks. Your rollers should also be cleaned well,
    and be sure to that you wipe the tracks and
    rollers dry so that they will function at their
    best and wont be affected by water damage in the
  • If youre fixing nicks or dings in the tracks,
    theres a chance that this happened while the
    track and garage door were being installed. While
    you may not think this detail is important,
    remember that if the metal loses its shape, it
    will affect the way the garage door works. To
    keep this from happening, give the track a
    thorough inspection after installation to make
    sure everything is correctly positioned. If you
    see dents, pound them out with a rubber mallet
    without using too much pressure.

Handy Garage Door Installation Tips
  • Garage doors are heavy and can be a little
    challenging, so youll probably want to take
    advantage of the installation services that the
    garage door company offers. Of course, installing
    the door yourself could save you a considerable
    amount of money, but youll need to be familiar
    with the type of garage door you have. For
    instance, if you have a sectional garage door, it
    will travel up and down on rollers that go along
    tracks on either side of the garage doorway. If
    your garage door has a torsion spring system, it
    will be safer for you to adjust than a door with
    a standard torsion-spring model.
  • Dont try to adjust to take off a garage door
    that has a standard torsion spring because the
    springs are under lots of tension and this makes
    them dangerous. In these cases, its best to call
    a professional who is experienced in installing
    and removing garage doors.

Handy Garage Door Installation Tips
  • Its important that you attach weather-stripping
    to the bottom of the first panel in the garage
    door. Set the panel to make sure its in the
    doorway space and secure it in place by hammering
    nails halfway into the jambs at an angle so that
    the door can be wedged in place. You can attach
    the hinges at the top edges of the door if
    theyre not there already.
  • Next, youll need to make sure you have all the
    necessary pieces for curved, vertical, and
    horizontal tracks according to the instructions
    the manufacturer has provided. Install the
    brackets and rollers on the garage door and any
    brackets that should be mounted on the wall of
    jamb. Go to one side of the doorway and slip the
    vertical track at the first door section, then go
    to the other side of the doorway to do the same
  • In the second section, youll need to install the
    rollers. Have someone help you lift this section
    and put it in place, then slip the roller on the
    tracks that are on both sides of the doorway.
    Connect the hinges of the first section to the
    second section. Most garage doors will require
    that you have a power drill and screwdriver tip
    or nut driver youll be able to complete this
    step much quicker. Using the same method
    described above, install the third section of the
    garage door. Inspect the door to make sure its
    level and check plumb in the vertical track
    before fastening the top plates from both
    vertical tracks to the wall. The lag screws
    should be especially secure and penetrate the
    framing members since the garage door will exert
    considerable force when it moves up and down.

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