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How To Repair Squeaky Garage Doors

One of the most excruciating things to hear are banshee-like screeching sounds as homeowners close their garage doors. The underlying reasons for the noise may include any of the following:

1) Hinges that are rusty 2) Loose nuts and bolts 3) Worn-out parts that need immediate replacement

Here are some of the tools needed to fix squeaky garage doors:

1) Gloves 2) Lubricants (solvents and grease) Oil sprays are quite popular, but garage door repair experts say otherwise. They explain that oil sprays actually de-grease the hinges or rollers that is why they suggest using the best lubricant brands are lithium-based or silicone-based. You can buy this at the nearest home improvement store. 3) Ladder 4) Wrenches of all types 5) A lot of clean rags 6) Spare nuts and bolts, hinges, rollers (either nylon or steel) 7) Solvent spray 8) Power tools 9) Mop 10) Shoes that have thick soles to prevent being electrocuted while using a power tool.

Steps to take in doing a squeaky garage door repair at home:

1) Identify which part of the garage door is creating the noise. Inspect the rollers, hinges, the wheels, and if possible, the whole garage door itself.

2) Inspect for wobbly parts, like loose nuts and bolt, when opening and closing the garage door.

3) Remove any debris, grit, or hair that may have accumulated in the rollers, hinges and other movable parts like the pulley.

4) Please check for damage in the garage doors movable parts, rollers and hinges. These have to be replaced as well. Have a spare roller or hinge handy for future repairs. Reattach damaged parts using power tools that are in good working order. Check for frayed wires in the power tools used. Use power tools in dry areas, and if there are wet floors, make sure to wipe them with a mop.

5) Clean the garage doors metal parts with a clean rag. Use a solvent spray purchased at a home improvement store to remove dirt. Doing such removes the rusty parts and protects it from future corrosion.

6) Lubricate the parts where the noise comes from using a silicone- based or lithium-based spray. Spray a generous amount over bearings, chains, hinges, rollers, opening mechanism and springs. Give time for the lubricant to coat through the movable mechanisms.

7) Open and close the garage doors, and check if the squeaking sound still exists. Reapply lubricant. Manually open and close garage doors again. Wipe off excess lube with a clean rag.

8) Store tools back in its original place after doing a garage door repair.

Finding a squeak in your garage door can sometimes be difficult and may also be an indication of something else failing. If you need help with your garage door repair in Austin contact the professionals at Compass Garage Doors.


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