Roll-Up Door Maintenance Tips


Roll-up garage doors may be big and heavy, but they'll respond to a little routine check-up. At your annual garage-door checkup, run through these tips. They'll help keep small problems from becoming large headaches.

If a wheel sticks or binds in the track, reduce the friction between the door and the track by adjusting the track brackets. Loosen the nuts that hold the brackets to the door frame, then make sure there's about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch of play between the door and the tracks.


Friction between the door and the door stop can be fixed by adjusting the track brackets. Loosen the nuts that hold the track to the brackets and move the track until the door doesn't bind any more.


If the door opens too fast or slowly, adjust the spring tension. Block the door open with a pair of locking pliers, then change the position of the S-hook on the front track brace.





Adjusting an Out-of-Balance Door

Maintaining Garage Door Openers


DIY Projects

Hanging Borders

Like any wallpapering project, you're most likely to be successful if the surfaces are clean and smooth. If you're installing a wallpaper border over an existing paper, you'll get the best results using a vinyl-to-vinyl adhesive.


Installing Cabinet Drawer Fronts

Drawer fronts come in two types – solid and applied. Solid drawer fronts are an integral part of the drawer. Applied fronts are screwed to the front of a pre-made drawer box. To replace solid fronts, you'll saw off overlapping edges and screw the new front to the face of the old. For applied fronts, unscrew the old fronts to remove them, then attach the new ones.


Installing Cabinet Doors

Installing new cabinet doors isn't difficult, but plan plenty of time so that the doors hang straight, are evenly spaced, and operate smoothly. Attach the hardware to the door first, then hang the door on the cabinet face frame. You can work on the doors in your kitchen, but protect them from scratches by using a soft cloth or clamping them in an upright position. When drilling pilot holes for the hinge screws, take care not to drill all the way through the door!


Installing a Security Lock

Deadbolt locks provide extra security for entry doors. There are two types -- single-cylinder and double-cylinder. Single-cylinder types feature a finger latch that can be opened from the inside. Double-cylinder deadbolts must be opened with a key from either side of the door.


Installing an Entry Door

Nothing spruces up the outside of your home quite like a new entry door. An insulated steel entry door is a good choice because it combines toughness with energy efficiency. Entry doors come in a variety of styles and colors and feature a baked-on enamel finish that is especially durable. As with most doors, you can get a steel entrance door that is pre-hung with hinges, jambs, and brick molding included to simplify installation.


Installing Split-Jamb Interior Doors

Split-jamb, pre-hung interior doors feature jambs that are literally split in half lengthwise. The trim casing is already attached to each edge of the jamb. That means you don't have to fumble around trying to make perfectly matched mitered corners – it's already done for you.


Installing a Cable TV Jack

You've probably seen cable-TV installations where the bare coaxial cable simply enters a room via a crude hole drilled through the floor or a baseboard (maybe you've seen them in your own house!). They're functional but not too decorative. For a more finished and permanent installation, do the job right and install a bona-fide wall jack.


Installing Coaxial TV Cable

It sure would be nice to have cable TV in that spare bedroom you've converted into an office. But before you pay the cable guy for coming to your house and
extending your cable run, see how you can spend an hour doing it yourself. With the money you'll save, it'll be like getting a month or two of free cable!


Installing a Programmable Thermostat

Forget the stock market. Few hour-long home-improvement projects will pay year-in, year-out cost-savings dividends like replacing your old thermostat with a new programmable - or "automatic setback" - model. Depending on the severity of the winters where you live, you could realize a savings of up to 35 percent on your yearly energy bills. Who wouldn't want to do that?


Do It Yourself Projects




| Site Map  | Add Link Resources | Privacy Policy © 2016 All Rights Reserved.