4 Tips On How to Repair Your Garage Door

garage doorA garage plays a significant role in keeping your car safe from the elements and thieves, but sometimes the garage might have its own problem. Your garage door might refuse to open, close or lock. However, if you are experiencing this kind of problem, you may need to consider garage door repair. Most people do not know how to fix a garage door and help from an expert may be required in some instances. For that reason, here are 4 tips on how to repair your overhead door.

1. Look for the quick fixes

When it comes to repairing your overhead door, there must be a few do it yourself possibilities. However, you can fix or replace broken or missing hinges very quickly with a few hand tools. The main concern here is coordinating size and circumference accurately.

2. Check the metal tracks

In your garage, look at the mounting brackets that hold the tracks in the walls. Tighten the screws or bolts at the brackets if you find they are loose. Examine the tracks for crimps, dents, or flat spots as you work inside the garage while the door is closed. In case you notice any damaged spots, use either a rubber mallet, a hammer or a block of scrap wood to pound the damaged spots. You can replace the tracks if they are seriously damaged.

3. Make sure the tracks are properly aligned

Horizontal tracks should slightly slant down toward the back of your garage. Additionally, with roll-up doors, the vertical track sections should be exactly even. Loosen the tracks if they are not aligned properly and tap them carefully into position, but make sure not to remove the bolts and screws that hold the mounting brackets. Both tracks must be at the same height on the walls of your garage, so use a level to recheck the tracks and ensure that they are in the right position. After that, you can tighten the bolts and screws at the mounting brackets.

4. Tighten any loose hardware

Check the place on the door where the spring is mounted and tighten any loose screws. If you are using a roll-up door, check the hinges that hold together the sections of the door and tighten any loose screws. Make sure you replace any damaged hinges. Sometimes servicing the hinges can often correct sagging on one side of the door. If the wood at the hinge is cracked, remove the hinge and fill the screw holes and the cracks with wood filler. Make sure you let the filler dry and then replace the hinge.

dawp / February 15, 2016 / Home

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