The Importance of Safety Precautions06/16/2015 Back To Blog
We say “no” to so many things in our lives, why don't we say “no” to garage door repairs as well? In an effort to save money, we take our chances. That's all about it! You would hardly find anyone who would tell you that he anticipates the moment he will have to replace the garage door extension springs! No one loves getting his hands dirty and getting a headache by trying to understand how to fix the cable. It's all about money! We simply fail to understand that our safety has a small price. Doesn't it?
Besides, repairing parts is hardly an easy job. You must know exactly what to do and when it comes to the replacement of garage door parts, you must also know which repair parts to get and why. Possible mistakes starting with your decision on which springs to buy will have repercussions. In this context, your safety will be compromised twice. Once when you try to fix components and then when the door will try to move with the wrong size of springs installed. Taking your chances and so many risks is definitely not wise but at least make sure you take the right precautions before and after repairs.
Take the right measures to protect yourself
Some people won't go near garage doors but solely to check them out. Even then getting precaution measures is important. If you just want to open and close the door in order to see if there are weird noises coming from the mechanism, then you only have to keep your distance from the door while it is moving as you are supposed to do on a daily basis. Though, if you want to approach parts and check them out with your hands, wear gloves. Some components might have rough edges that could injure you. Frayed cables and dented tracks are the first parts that can hurt you. Wear safety glasses so that you can protect your eyes if something pops. If you step on ladders, make sure they are steady and avoid standing under the winding cone of the torsion garage door springs. Don't wear loose clothes and uncomfortable shoes or sleepers, which would make your moves difficult and slow you down.
If you are planning to fix some minor problems on your own, make sure you use the right tools. You may think that with a screwdriver and a hammer all tasks are possible, but it doesn't work quite this way. It's also very important to pull the plug of the electric garage door opener and also disconnect it from the door. Imagine someone coming in and pressing the clicker while you are working there! Work with the door open! With the door in its full opening position, springs are not as dangerous since their tension is minimized. Make sure the door remains open not solely with the power of springs but also with vise grips or c-clamps placed right under the last rollers. Once you are done, try the movement of the door several times but stay away from it just as a precaution.