Posted December 14th, 2018 at 9:49 am by Dan Musick
When you view a garage door going up or down, you likely survey the largest moving parts in a home’s structure. As such, it requires a lot of sub-parts. And these wear out due to the law of Entropy, or whatever you call it. In my observations of garage doors–both in normal function and in the replacement process–I see that there are many things that have to happen in a mechanical sense for the door to operate correctly and safely. So it should come as no surprise that getting it adjusted and fixed is not a game of horseshoes.
If you are thinking of doing it yourself, remember that people are wired in ways that are inscrutable. They defy categorization, despite the best efforts of those involved in personality typing. Of course, I wouldn’t want to discourage anyone with proper mechanical skills and desire away from a do-it-yourself endeavor. That said, I believe there are certain personality traits, and safeguards for compensating for lack of them, that would help a do-it-yourself project in the area of garage doors to be a friendly undertaking. Taken together, your answers to the questions below will help you evaluate your likelihood of a safe, successful repair.
1. Are you hardly or easily distracted?
People who are easily distracted will have a harder time keeping track of the many small parts and fasteners required to do a garage door repair. Also, the distracted will struggle to place the sections appropriately, put fixtures in the right places, hang hardware the right direction, and on and on. Putting a part on the wrong way and having to remove and replace it is a recipe for even more distraction.
2. Do you gravitate toward well-thought-out solutions or quick fixes?
Don’t drive a race car around a track and then come inside and repair a garage door! Those who want instant results will have to learn to be patient and bear with many small successful steps in order to achieve the larger goal of garage door repair. There are often a lot of steps with this, which one will have to persevere through.
3. Are you an intensely practical person or a lavish, “big-hearted” one?
People who make generous motions without much forward thinking may have to rein in their traits in favor of a more conservative approach. There would be little room for an action like “just pouring out all the screws on the floor, to be sorted out later.” In my observation of a garage door replacement, I saw that, for best results, parts must be laid out in exact measure, at the points where they will be used, so the repair person will not have to go over the same ground twice to get more parts. One would also need to position a supply vehicle for convenient part access and scrap/recycling. The idea is: save steps and save energy, as the repairer will need a good deal of physical and mental alertness for a perhaps challenging moment later in the procedure.
4. When you read instructions, do you consider them lifelines or guidelines?
If you are the unchecked latter, don’t try to replace garage door springs! The energy released by these, if they are handled incorrectly, can injure or even kill you. Of course, there are ornamental options with doors, but generally, every stage of directions must be followed. And you can hardly rest at night knowing your door is beautiful but non-functional.