Whether you are a Utah homeowner who is sick of opening and shutting the garage door manually and decide to put in an automated device yourself, or whether you are constructing a house and believe you can reduce expenses through installing the own garage doors, you might want to reconsider: putting in garage doors is not a task for the novice do-it-yourselfer.You may want to check out Diagnosing Swing at Home or on the range for more.
Utahans are thrifty people who exercise as much self-reliance as possible but there are certain home maintenance and construction tasks that are probably best left to Utah garage door specialists for safety purposes. Here are some of the risks you should be mindful of before bringing these machines together.
Improper Frame Many DIY homeowners try to cut costs by using as much of their previous equipment as they can. They can presume, for example, that the door frame which supported their previous door would be powerful enough to support their new one. The garage doors of today are much thicker and tougher than their older, smaller predecessors: if the frame has too much wear, or if it has been bent in some way, it would probably not be able to accommodate the new bolt. — Result: The new door could break, possibly resulting in injury.
Improper Bracket Attachment Once the brackets are mounted to the new frame, considerable caution will be taken to insure that they are adequately safe due to the immense amount of weight these brackets may need to hold. The overhead cables are fixed to these frames, and the tension is transmitted directly to them any time the door moves up and down; if the frames are not correctly mounted, they may break away from the door as the force is applied. — Outcome: The door will break, harm cars or individuals, or even Incorrect Track Positioning The current door must fly over a track on the ceiling. Naturally this overhead track is supposed to bear a significant weight load from the ramp. If the two tracks are not precisely parallel, are not quite positioned at the same distance from each other, or are not firmly fixed to the wall, the tracks obviously do not function. — Result: Door opening, damaging cars or persons or both Spring Replacement / Adjustment Garage door springs are the number one source of serious injuries during construction or maintenance work. Both torsion and extension springs are dangerous mechanisms which have the ability to mutilate and even kill homeowners when snapped under stress. Torsion springs, in particular, have an enormous amount of potential energy contained within them: when the release of that energy is unregulated the spring can rise, destroying with deadly force anything in its way. — Result: significant damage to properties or persons, and likely death