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Garage Door: Safety Cable Repair

Safety cables may be the single most protective feature of your garage door. They prevent broken springs from injuring loved ones and/or damaging valuable property. Though they are lighter, they resemble garage door cables. Safety cables attach to the wall in closest proximity to the stationary pulleys. Sometimes they are attached to the garage door track. The cables are then laced through springs, and attach to the support as the garage door spring.

Garage door safety cables are relatively simple to install. They can generally be purchased as a kit which contains all of the necessary hardware. In most instances, it only requires about an hour for installation. Inspect your garage door track in order to create a comprehensive list of required parts. This includes fasteners, s-hooks, and eyebolts etc. This way should the kit not contain everything you will need, you will have it on hand.

Kits, garage door components, required tools, and necessary safety wear may be purchased online or in a home improvement store. These items may also be available at a local garage door company as well. The garage door owner’s manual most likely contains an order form; however, this will probably be the most expensive route.

Reasons for Garage Door Safety Cables

Garage door springs are responsible for an immense amount of pressure. Should the spring snap without safety cables in place the result could be extensive damage to valuable property, severe bodily injury, or even death. The amount of pressure which would drive the spring across the garage creates enough force to penetrate a wallboard which is double layer and 5/8 inches thick. This amount of force can completely destroy a windshield which can cost $400 or more to replace.

As mentioned replacement and/or installation is quite simple. It requires lacing the cable through the garage door spring and being able to remain steady while on a ladder. Upon the installation of one side all moving components should inspected prior to installing the cable on the opposite side. Ensure that the garage door system in functioning properly. It is also important to make sure that the safety cable is not pulled too taught. A minute amount of slack is just perfect.

Safety Cable Installation

  • First thread the open end of the safety cable through the horizontal hole in the metal garage door frame. This should be in close proximity to the location at which pulley’s cable affixes. The hole closest to the opening of the garage door is best as this will reduce the possibility of binding.
  • Next thread the garage door safety cable upward through the middle of the spring.
  • Now, lace the garage door safety cable through the hole which is located in the upper portion of the metal spring support that is vertical. This should be the location at which the spring is attached. Loop the safety cable back and then use a cable clamp to secure it to itself.
  • The last step is to slowly test the function of the garage door to ensure it is not going to bind or inhibit the door.

Our team of garage door specialists will be happy to visit your home and install a brand new set of safety cables for your family. Just give one of our caring reps a call now. We can assist you with any and all of your garage door needs.

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Six Preventive Maintenance Tips for Garage Doors

As a garage owner, you are probably worried about maintenance cost in case your garage door gets broken. Even if garage door repair and maintenance are not expensive, if your garage door keeps on having problems, the expenses will soon add up. Fortunately, for you, there are many ways to help ensure that your garage door will work well without too much maintenance.

How to Care for Your Garage Doors

Doing preventive maintenance for your garage door follows the popular principle that it’s better to be safe than sorry.  This article will guide you how to check and care for your garage door to keep them in good condition. Here are six preventive maintenance tips:

  1. Observe your garage door.

One of the most effective ways to ensure your garage door works flawlessly for a long time is by treating it like a friend. Listen and observe for any signs of distress such as jerky movements when opening and closing as well as any strange sounds. These signs usually mean something is wrong with your garage door.

  1. Tighten what’s loose.

Check the roller brackets and bolts for any looseness. These parts loosen over time as you continually use your garage door. When you notice your garage door vibrate so much when you use it, then it’s time to check these parts. Don’t delay because the longer you wait, the more it can damage your garage door mechanism.

  1. Lubricate the moving Parts.

Friction can harm to the mechanism that makes your garage door work.  The best way to counter friction is by lubrication.  It only takes around 10 minutes to lubricate the parts, but will add years to the life of your garage door. White lithium grease is the best lubricant for the chain and screw of the opener. For the overhead spring, you can buy a high-quality spray lubricant from a garage door company.

  1. Check the cables.

Check the condition of the high tension cables that lift your garage door to know their condition. However, do not tinker with them because they can snap and injure you. If the cables have broken strands and are damaged, call a garage door technician right away. Never tinker with the high-tension cables.

  1. Clean the tracks.

Debris on the garage door track can cause the garage door many problems like becoming unbalanced, malfunction, and damages to the garage door mechanisms. A lot of people neglect this even though it’s very easy to do, resulting in high repair cost and regret. Spend a few minutes every day to check the tracks and remove any debris. Michelle M. Howard of SFGate recommends using an old toothbrush to clean the inside of the tracks.

  1. Check if the garage door is balanced.

If not properly balanced, you garage door opener will have to exert more effort in opening and closing the heavy door and will lessen its life span.  However, professionals should do the adjusting of an unbalanced door or you might damage it more.

 

Garage door problems are inevitable, but with proper care and maintenance by its owner, the frequency of repair is lessened.  It only takes a few minutes a day to do your own safe checks on your garage door so add this crucial task to your list of things to do. When in need of emergency repair, call the trusted technicians at Perfect Solutions Garage Door.

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