We live in the Golden Age of DIY. Thanks to the Internet, there is an endless supply of instructional blogs, videos, and how-to guides that show you how to do just about anything yourself. Yet like haircuts, some garage door repairs you can technically do yourself — but the damage can be lasting and even dangerous. Here are a few unexpected dangers to consider when it comes to doing your own garage door maintenance.
Some DIY Garage Door Repairs Can Actually Cost You
Most people attempt to do their own garage door repairs to save money, but they can actually cost you a lot more in the long run. It may look easy in a YouTube video, but not so simple in real life. You could spend money on costly materials only to ruin those materials or even cause expensive damage to your door. The bottom line is if you aren’t sure about a repair, don’t try to do it yourself. Call a professional!
Torsion Springs Can Cause Serious Bodily Injury
A word about torsion springs: They are extremely dangerous. These springs are under an incredible amount of tension. (That’s why lifting a several hundred pound door feels as light as a feather.) If they should suddenly snap, they can cause serious bodily injury or even death. Always leave garage door springs to a professional garage door service.
Garage Doors Can Be a Serious Pain
Granted, the pain you’ll feel isn’t always dangerous — more like frustrating. But if you plan to repair your garage door yourself, prepare to have a roll of quarters for the Swear Jar. You’re going to need them. Like cars, repairing garage doors can be extremely frustrating. These are highly complicated mechanical devices. No job is as easy as it seems. They can easily eat up your Saturday afternoon — even if you don’t actually end up completing the job. Sometimes calling a professional is just easier.
Falling Garage Doors Can Cause Serious Injury
Did we mention your garage door weighs at least a hundred pounds? And if you have a door made of galvanized steel, it likely weighs considerably more. That’s why doors come with safety mechanisms. If you disengage these mechanisms while you are repairing your door, it can come crashing down and cause serious injury. Be careful.
An Improperly Repaired Garage Door Can Damage Your Vehicle
If you don’t properly repair your garage door, you could cause expensive damage to your vehicle if it comes crashing down as you’re backing out. We’ve known cars that have been totalled by a door that wasn’t fixed properly. That’s a high price to pay to avoid a $150 cost of a garage door repair.
We do garage door repair in the Sacramento area. In fact, we offer emergency repair 24/7. Call us to save time, money, and even your sanity.