Garage Door Overhead Repair

The actual garage door and the door opener are the two main parts of your garage door. If you see that your garage door overhead needs to be fixed, there are a few ways to accomplish this goal.

The first thing you’ll 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 don’t see huge improvement, , it’s time to get new garage door tracks.

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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 aren’t properly aligned, you should loosen the tracks to even them, but don’t remove them from the wall completely. Don’t 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.

Next, you’ll 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 isn’t 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 carpenter’s glue and place it in the hole that you’ve 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.

 

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