Take On The Role Of A Contractor In Your Home

As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.

How To Fix A Garage Door That Rattles And Whines When It Opens And Closes


A well-maintained garage door should be mostly quiet when it opens and closes. If you have an automatic garage door opener, you will hear the sounds of a motor, but loud bangs, rattling and whining are signs that something is wrong with your door. Even if your door opens and closes completely, loud noises often indicate that it's having some trouble doing so, and that is extra strain on your door.

Your Tracks Are Out Of Alignment

Garage doors that open vertically into your garage typically use a system of tracks and wheels to guide the door as it moves. This makes the door take up much less space as it opens and closes, but the doors can start to experience trouble over time. The tracks the door's wheels move in need to be aligned properly; if one or both tracks move and fall out of alignment, the door will be under greater strain as the wheels attempt to push through tracks that no longer go where they're supposed to.

If your door still opens and closes, the alignment problem is probably minor and the tracks will simply need to be realigned. If the doors won't open or close all the way, or if a wheel has popped out of the track, avoid using the door until you have consulted a repairman.

Your Parts Need Lubricating

Every moving part in your garage door system needs lubricating every so often. If it hasn't been lubricated in some time, they won't run as smoothly; the door may not bend as easily and the springs may struggle to move how they're supposed to.

When lubricating your garage door system, try to use a lithium-based grease or a silicone-based spray instead of an oil. Oils are degreasers, and you don't want to remove the grease, as this can just make the problem worse.

Lubricate all your moving parts, such as the garage door hinges, the springs and the wheel bearings. Avoid lubricating the track; this will just make things slippery and it doesn't help the wheels move. It can also cause dust and dirt to stick. If needed, you can clean the track with a damp cloth.

Your Wheels Are Damaged

Many wheels on garage door tracks have uncovered bearings, so over time they can start to accumulate gunk or start to bend. Even if your track is fine, if the wheels themselves are starting to bend, they will start pushing the door in different directions and putting strain on the track, door and motor. Open and close your door and keep a close eye on the wheels as they move. They should mostly be smooth; if they're wobbly or bent or scraping, you'll need a replacement.

Your Chain Is Loose

If you hear a slapping or smacking sound as your door moves, your chain may be loose. Watch the chain as the door opens and closes; it should mostly be pulled firmly and should not wobble around. If it's too loose, the chain will hit the door track as it moves or possibly the door itself. Tighten the chain yourself if you can or call a repairman.

Visit a site like http://www.raynordoor.com to learn more about garage door repair services.


11 August 2015