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Garage Door Repair

Your garage door does require maintenance and repair from time to time. Your local supplier can recommend a service man to come to your house.
You may be tempted to try to do the repair yourself. After all, many hardware and home improvement stores sell parts and supplies for garage door repair. Below, we outline what is safe and easy to repair yourself. Warning: Garage door repair is very dangerous if you don't know exactly what you are doing. Do not attempt to repair springs and cables yourself and take supreme caution when dealing with electrics and electronics. Use this Garage Door Repair Guide as a checklist before approaching your local repair service.
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Garage door maintenance and types of repair you can do yourself

Dings, dents and scratches
Small dings or dents can often be fixed by the consumer. If the door is steel, the fix for small dents is similar to the methods used to get dings out of vehicles. The easiest way to do this is to use a dent repair kit tool. You can buy the tool online or at a car parts store. Follow the directions on the kit.
Another method of repairing dents in a steel garage door is to use auto body filler. Follow the directions on the container, fill in the dent until it is smooth with the rest of the door. Once the filler is set, paint the garage door to hide the fix and create a flat, continuous surface.
Most modern garage doors are paneled, so if suction and fillers are problematic, and the dent only affects one panel, it is possible to replace it without replacing the entire door. Make sure to purchase the replacement panel from the original manufacturer. Though another panel might initially look the same, small differences can make the replacement panel stand out and create problems.

Routine maintenance
Routine maintenance on the garage door and opener mechanisms involves annual cleaning and lubricating of tracks and tightening the bolts. This will go a long way toward to avoid garage door repairs. Maintenance is also a good time to notice any rust, small cracks or worn parts that might soon need professional repair attention.

Professional Garage Door Repairs

Garage doors and garage door opener mechanisms have certain parts that necessitate special equipment and knowledge to replace or repair. Though many hardware and home improvement stores sell parts and supplies for garage door repair, it is wise to know the limitations of what can be done by the consumer and when to call a professional repair specialist.
Garage door problems that require professional repairs mostly concern damage to the opener spring or cables. Garage door opener springs are very strong and the recoil of one that breaks can be very dangerous. Likewise for opener cables. If it looks like the repair will involve the spring or cables at all, always call a garage door repair specialist. They have special safety equipment for working with coiled springs and cables and are trained and experienced in doing so.

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