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Door Maintenance Tips


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Sticky Door Latch

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Inspect the door lock and latch. Turn the knob one way and then the other to see if the latch is sticking.

 

Spray silicone lubricant into the latch hole and let it sit for about 15 minutes.

 

Open and close the door handle to make certain the door latch is now free and working properly.

 

Inspect the latch strike plate to make sure it is not loose or crooked. Sometimes these plates are put on without enough wood being removed from the edge o...

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Sticky Doors

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Inspect the door hinges. Often one or two of the original short screws that came with the hinges have pulled loose. This causes the door to sag and to stick or not close well. Remove the screws with the screwdriver.

 

Level the door with a helper holding the door for you while you install longer screws. Sometimes when a hinge pulls out, you may have to loosen the hinge on the opposite end of the door and place a small shim behind it. Put the longer screws through the hinge yo...

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Weatherstripping

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Check any weatherstripping along the sides of the doors. Adjust if it is jamming against the sides, and replace if necessary.

 

If your garage door is wood and it doesn't have bottom weatherstripping, make sure it has been sealed or painted. Touch up as needed, and consider adding weatherstripping.

 

Functions of your garage door

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM

To ensure your garage door functions properly and quietly, you should lubricate all moving parts every four months. Make sure you spray all the hinges, roller bearings (unsealed style) and springs with a WD40. Also hit the torsion bar bearings,and any other pivot points.

Hinge Maintenance

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Checking your hinges is always recommended during your anual maintenance inspection.

Worn hinges can cause an issue with your door working properly and also a lot of noise. It may also cause the door to bind and wear out the tongue and groove joints at the door sections. Some play at the hinge is normal, but if you see an oblong hole where the tubular hinge pin mates with the hinge bracket, the hinge needs to be replaced. Gray dust and metal filings around the hinge pin are earl...

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Cleaning Your Garage Door

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

* Cleaning your garage door once a year is essential in maintaining the look and value of your home, howvere you want to clean it more than once a year if you live in a salt-air climate. Dilute one cup of detergent in five gallons of warm water, and wash the door with a soft sponge or cloth. Then thoroughly rinse the door with a hose.

* Clean the inside of the garage door the same way with the same cleaning agent, depending on the condition. If relatively clean, use a broom or long h...

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Residential Garage Door Maintenance

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM

It is ok to maintain your own garage door on a daily basis. But it is highly reccomended to have a professional come about three times per year to do inspections on the door and hardware. The inspections that should be performed are security inspections, proper functioning inspections, and making sure all the seals are in place to prevent rodents from entering garage.

Routine maintenance

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM

During a routine maintenance be sure to check your hinges

Worn hinges may also cause an issue with your door working properly.  They can cause a lot of noise and cause the door to bind and wear out the tongue and groove joints at the door sections.  Some play at the hinge is normal, but if you see an oblong hole where the tubular hinge pin mates with the hinge bracket, the hinge needs to be replaced.  Gray dust and metal filings around the hinge pin are early signs of wea...

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Common Issues with Electronic Openers

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Here are some of the most common garage door opener problems and their solutions:

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Is it time to replace your garage door opener?

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Garage door openers are fairly simple mechanisms that tend to last a long time. Even if yours is still working fine, there are good reasons to consider replacing it. Newer models offer increased safety, security and convenience.

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