Are you the do it yourself type? Do you enjoy working around home, even though you could call a professional for service? While there is nothing wrong with this, you have to be cautious as you work on your garage door. Unlike many projects, if this one goes wrong you are putting your own safety (as well as that of your family) at risk.
Here are three DIY disasters that are all too common:
1. Putting your fingers between the door sections when attempting to make a repair. This may seem like a safe thing to do, depending on the position of the door, but you should resist the temptation. All it takes is one slip of the door and your fingers are going to be crushed.
Solution: wear gloves, just in case your fingers end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. This could be the difference between a major disaster and a little bit of pain.
2. Thinking you know how to replace the torsion spring. Again, this can sound like a simple job. You buy the right size, take off your old spring, and add the new one. Easy enough, right? Wrong! If you don’t do this exactly right, your spring could come loose as your door is moving up or down. This can cause damage to your garage, and if anybody is in the vicinity the flying object can be extremely dangerous.
Solution: hire a professional for this job, as it is nothing to take lightly.
3. Removing the sensors because they no longer work. While there is nothing wrong with swapping out malfunctioning sensors for those that work, you have to complete the job right away. It is a safety hazard to have a garage door without motion sensors. You are asking for serious trouble if you don’t have fully functioning sensors in place at all times.
Solution: never live a single day without fully functioning sensors. Additionally, check that these are working as intended on a regular basis.
All three of these situations can lead to disaster. Sometimes, disaster means spending more money than you have to. Other times this means damage to your home. And in the worst cases, it results in injury or even death.
When you hire a professional service technician, you never have to concern yourself with these all too common DIY disasters.
As a general rule of thumb, you should only do the work yourself if you know exactly which parts to use and which steps to take.