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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Garage Door Repairs

When it comes to garage door repairs, the two most common problems that might arise are a faulty door opener or a bad door structurally. A thorough inspection of the door and the racks will help you pinpoint the problem and make judge whether the garage door repair technician is telling you the truth.

Many complain of difficulty opening and closing the door and also of a grating-grinding sound. If the door opens manually, but you notice these problems, the issue is with the door. It could be the result of structural damage, rusted hinges or a problem with the level. If the door opener is not functionally smoothly, the problem lies with the garage door opener and not the door. For overhead garage doors, the panels move up and down along metal tracks powered by torsion springs. Overtime, the springs wear out and might need replacement. Also, tracks and rollers will need to be cleaned and lubricated to ensure smooth operation.

Many homeowners choose to undertake the repair work on their own with the help of ready tool kits available at hardware stores. There is no harm in doing it yourself, but it depends on the severity of the problem. If it a serious one, it is advisable to leave it to a professional and not to finger it. When you choose to do it yourself, you should make sure that you stick to all the safety precautions. Small jobs are fairly easy to complete if you give it time and patience.

Aluminium Windows is Special

The reason why aluminium windows have become so popular is because they have a number of benefits over the normal, traditional ones. Here are some of them:

• Durability: These are far stronger, sturdier and durable compared to their wooden counterparts. The chances of any sort of physical damage are remote and the frames are scratch free. The metal is also free from rusting and retains its original colour and texture for a life time without any severe maintenance.

• Low Maintenance Cost: The fact that these are strong, durable and sturdy reduced the cost of maintenance by a great extent. There is no chance of rusting, rotting or swelling which usually happens with wooden windows. Once installed, these windows last for a long period of time and doesn’t give much trouble, which would call for the need of maintenance

• Design Flexibility: This is another reason why these panes have become so popular over the years. You can expect a variety of different types of designs, shapes and patterns. You can refer to the online stores in order to get a clear idea about the different types of designs and patterns which are available with the aluminium windows.

• Affordable: This type is quite affordable if you opt for them without frames. These windows are available in different price ranges and can be easily afforded. However, if you wish to go to the frames then there can be a considerable hike in the price.

• Finishes: If you are looking for stylish and classy finish, then these can be the perfect option for you. These stylish casements would certainly add more to the decor of your interior. It comes with some exclusive designs which are not at all possible with tradition wooden materials.

Front Door Is So Hard to Open

Handle

If it is the handle that is stiff rather than the door itself, then probably a little lubrication is all that is needed. Apply a penetrating oil spray to all moving parts. This includes all latches and locking points, as well as the seam where the handle meets the plates that screw onto the door. After applying, turn the handle several times to get the mechanism moving and help distribute the oil throughout.

If this doesn’t work, check whether the handle is stiff when you turn it while the door is open, or only when you are trying to open the door. If it is only stiff when you try to open the door, the problem may not be the handle itself but the hinges (see below).

If the handle is stiff when the door is open as well as when it is closed, it is possible that the oil is not penetrating the outside of the door well enough to alleviate the issue. Try removing the handle, which is usually as simple as unscrewing two screws, in order to get at the mechanism inside more effectively. Once you have oiled it, replace the handle and turn it several times to distribute oil as well as to check you have reassembled it properly.

Hinges

If the door itself is stiff when pushing open or close, or if the handle is stiff only when the door is closed, then the problem may be the hinges. There are multiple different ways the hinges may hinder your efforts to open front door or back door smoothly.

If the door does not swing open and closed easily, then once again your first step should be to try lubricating it. Apply some oil, preferably a penetrating oil spray, to both hinges and then swing the door open and closed several times to help spread the oil out inside the hinge. Be careful not to get any excess oil on carpets or rugs. If there is a carpet immediately inside the front or back door in question, have a cloth ready to quickly wipe up any oil that runs down the frame.

Install Wheelchair Ramp

If you want to provide wheelchair access, a low threshold can make things much easier. The threshold, and the fact that it is raised, is essentially what makes getting wheelchairs through a door difficult (along with any steps that may be present leading up to the door). A low threshold means less of an obstacle to overcome, making the whole process easier. Because they do not have to rise as high, ramps for a low threshold can be less steep, and this makes wheelchair access easier. It also allows them to potentially be shorter, which can be useful where space is limited. This is especially useful when installing a ramp on the indoor side, where small entrance halls or simply the practicalities of putting a ramp in an indoor space can make things difficult.

Sadly, lowering the threshold is not always an easy thing to do. It may require professional assistance. For example, where the door frame is an issue you might have to have a new door installed along with a new frame that provides a lowed threshold. There are a number of specialist low threshold UPVC front doors on the market which are useful for exactly this reason.

Lower steps are useful for the same reason as lower thresholds. Wheelchairs will need to overcome any steps that lead up to the door as well as the threshold. Lower steps make for easier wheelchair access by presenting less of an obstacle, and allow for shorter or more gently-sloping ramps. This applies to your doorstep as well as to any other steps or stairs that lead to your front door.

This is a more involved and potentially expensive job than lowering your threshold through the installation of a new, low-threshold front door. However, if your current situation does not allow for practical wheelchair access without lowering your doorstep or other steps, most building professionals will be able to help.