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- Can I safely do the work?
- Do I have the tools and knowledge required to complete the job?
- I am physically able to lift and maneuver the pieces and parts.
- Will I be able to obtain the parts and how will I know they are the right ones?
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Garage Door DIY may not be a good choice.
I am a committed do-it yourselfer and pride myself in the money I have saved by diving in and trying to fix something myself. I do have limits and here are the principles I apply before I try something new.
If I can’t answer yes to all these questions, it is better to call a professional. I routinely change the oil and all the filters on some large diesel engines and don’t hesitate to install complicated electronics systems and carpentry or woodworking are in my skill set. Garage Doors are something I would not advise anyone without the skills and training to tackle. This is primarily due to the potential violation of rule #1, Can you do it safely?
Garage Door Repairs have some big danger factors that injure thousands of people each year. Simply stated they are; garage door systems depend on stored mechanical energy to operate, are very heavy, and can fall on you. The most dangerous component of a Residential Garage Door System is the energy stored in the springs. In a torsion bar system, the energy is stored when the technician winds the springs. This is a physically demanding job and extremely dangerous, if you are not properly trained. Releasing the energy is just as dangerous and not doing so, when you start a repair, is a very common cause of serious injury. The tools required are specialized as is the training.
Recently a DIY reporter for one of the local papers undertook the job of replacing a broken spring. While filming the segment they unbolted the end bracket before releasing the spring energy. The bracket was propelled into their face with several hundred pounds of force, breaking their jaw and cheekbones, dislodging several teeth and requiring extensive surgery to repair the damage. They were out of work for several months. I am sure the reporter had done research and read extensively the DIY information readily available on the internet, before undertaking the repair, but obviously missed something. Frankly people providing DIY information on the web, for dangerous jobs are irresponsible.
Avoid injuries and save yourself money by calling a trained and certified professional.
Spring is coming, we promise. As soon the snow melts people will be showcasing their unneeded wares outside on the lawn. Have you ever put one on yourself? Many of us grew up with a wise aunt who would browse and occasionally host garage sales. If you can’t learn everything you need to know from her, take a minute to read up on the tips for how to prepare for a garage sale.
For Immediate Release
Precision Garage Door Lansing has earned the prestigious Angie’s List Super Service Award for excellence in customer service throughout 2013.
The Angie’s List Super Service Award honors excellence among service and health providers who maintain superior service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List throughout the past year. The award is given across the country to deserving service providers.
“We are very excited to receive this award from Angie’s List,” said Precision
Garage Door Lansing CEO Scott Johnson. “We take pride in having customers who are satisfied with the excellent work delivered by our well trained staff.
This award means we are at the top 5% of garage door repair businesses in each of our markets, and I couldn’t be more proud of that. Super Service Award winners are preferred among Angie’s List customers because the top 5% of qualifying businesses per category, in each market, receive the award. Precision Garage Door Lansing boasts same-day service for customers in need of garage door repair, or garage door replacement. On a daily basis, 24/7, 365 days a year, they dispatch certified technicians to over a thousand customers a year.
“It’s important and rewarding for us to see our employee training and development efforts pay off where it matters the most; with the customer.” Johnson said, “We feel that Angie’s List provides a great feedback not only for other customers, but for use in our own training endeavors. Precision Garage Doors of Lansing has been in business for over 10 years and has grown to be one of the largest garage door repair companies in Southeastern Michigan.
For further information contact:
Brian Kruger- Chief Marketing Officer, Precision Door Detroit 313.506.2019 or
Here in the Midwest we experience winter temperatures that can disrupt any piece of mechanical equipment. Your garage door is no exception, and before long a dip in temperatures and a dose of nasty weather can cost you time and money. This season, get out in front of the weather and implement a couple of these simple maintenance items to avoid headaches when the wind is blowing and the snow is flying
Check Your Batteries
Cold temperatures can cause failure in any battery-powered device, and that includes your battery-powered remote control. Older batteries should be replaced to ensure reliable service throughout the winter. Jumping out of your car to manually pull up the door in the middle of a snowfall in the dead of winter is no fun.
Inspect the Drive Track
Of course this tip is not exclusive to the winter, but it’s always a good idea to do a double check when things are nasty outside. Try to check the drive track for obstructions once every six months and make sure there the belt or chain travels along the rail smoothly. If the track is damaged in any way be sure to contact a professional for repairs before further use.
Use Your Garage Door
It sounds simple, right? Using the garage door daily helps to prevent it from freezing shut and will keep everything in working order. Occasionally blizzards will hit and pile snow and ice out in front of the door. By applying some rock salt to the concrete under and around the door you can prevent the door from freezing and provide sure footing for pedestrians. Even if you have no plans of hitting the road it is a good idea to clear some of the fluffy stuff and make sure everything is working properly.
Most mechanical devices need some type of grease or oil to operate and a garage door is no exception. While you should be lubricating the proper places on a regular basis do yourself a favor and squeeze in one more check-up before temperatures drop any further. The cold causes metal to contract and will place an added strain to all working parts on the door. Sub-freezing climates may also cause the door to stick to the track, endangering the motor among other things. Be sure to apply a generous amount of lubricant to the hinges, bushings, and roller in order to avoid such issues. For more information check out this instructional blog and video.
Checking Your Seals
Garage doors with seals offer many benefits for the owner. For applicable doors, seals provide a reduction in the cold air drafts that can cause an uptick in heating bills. Be sure that strips and trim are arranged tightly and there are no visible signs of fatigue. Only professionals should work on garage doors with seals (whether they are bottom, sides, or both) as they require complex and tedious repair work.
Those of us who love winter in the Midwest know it doesn’t come without a couple of headaches. By taking an hour or two to maintain your garage door you’ll ensure reliability through the season and help to extend its life.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local Precision Certified Technician today!
Garage doors are one of the first things guests and potential buyers notice when they visit your home, making them the ideal place to start if you are looking to make home improvements. Choosing a new color or style can maximize curb appeal for a relatively small investment.
This year featured garage doors that echoed styles of the past as well as vibrant new designs. Here is a recap of the 2013 garage door designs we saw trending:
Garages with windows can make the perfect complement to your home. Windows incorporated into the design of the garage door make for eye-pleasing additions, especially for houses that feature similar styling.
Common Window types:
Carriage garage doors (such as the one pictured above) are doors that capture the look of a time before automobiles. These doors are popular with those who desire the country or cottage style on their garage. Usually accented with windows running across the top, they are available in nearly every material type.
To deter theft of your property consider modifications like frosting the garage door windows to reduce inward visibility while allowing for the retention of the country style look. Additional treatments for windows include tempering, insulating, and solar bronzing.
When selecting or designing your new garage door consider its color. A recent resurgence among designers and manufactures calls for more vibrant hues and shades. Instead of natural or white for garage doors, manufacturers and designers have begun opting for eye-catching reds and greens among other colors. These garage doors have become a centerpiece of the garage, drawing eyes to well designed structures. If 2013 taught us anything it is that no color is too outrageous as long as it brings positive attention to your home.
Minimalistic / Classic
A bit of a throwback style, minimalistic doors can be easily picked out by looking for their simple lines and sophisticated modeling. These doors have made their comeback by appealing to owners who desire a subtle class with functionality.
They span all mediums, from wood to aluminum to stainless steel. In short, minimalistic doors manage to add to the overall design flavor without dominating it.