Garage Door Repair Do it Yourself

Repairing a Roll-up Door

Start off with checking the metal tracks holding the wheels in case of a rolling door for obstacles or blocks. Too much of dirt in the tracks leads to sticking of the door. If the track is damaged, bent or not in a good shape, use the mallet to get the tracks in shape by working on the ridges. This will facilitate smooth movement. A level will help you know if the tracks are in alignment. Over time loose screws can result in shifting of the tracks at an angle which is not perpendicular to the garage door. So, with the screwdriver, tighten all the screws holding the tracks in place. If the tracks are in a very bad condition, well, they would need to be replaced. For repairing a dysfunctional garage door, first clean and lubricate the wheels. An irony is that the grease used to lubricate the parts of the garage door earlier, sometimes hardens in the crevices rendering the door dysfunctional. For cleaning the debris, use normal home cleaner and re-lubricate with a garage door lubricant or powdered graphite. Repairing a Swing DoorThe mounting plate is an important part of a swing mechanism door. So, first see if the screws are loose. Mounting plate is crucial as it fastens and secures springs on the inner side of the garage. If the mounting plate is not in proper alignment, it inhibits the opening and closing action of the door. Check the springs for extra tension. Majority of the spring doors have a hook at the end of a spring that can be adjusted in a different hole. For doing that, you would need to detach the spring from the mounting plate by removing its screws. If the springs are worn out, replace garage door springs. Some More TipsDoor panels undergo wear and tear over a period of time. Therefore, using a wrench or a socket pipe or a plier, secure all the fasteners you can see on the garage door. Pull the emergency handle if need be, in case the door is connected to the door opener. Check for loose hinges, nuts and bolts and replace them with new parts. Take stock of the rollers of your garage door. Ideally you should be able to spin the stem with your fingers with minimum resistance. If they are badly worn out, replace them. Steel rollers would need a bit of oil for its bearings to work properly. It was not that tough, was it? If you did think it was, you can always refer to the door installation guide to ensure that you are not stuck anywhere. If you start doing the repair and feel that it is not your cup of tea, then grab the phone and call a professional. He will definitely get you out of the garage door woes!

Do screws, metal tracks, garages, door tensions and the like excite you? If they do, well then I am sure that you might be indulging in home repairs too often. A garage door repair entails checking if it properly opens and closes. The things you need are common sense and some common household repair tools. Further, the task becomes easy with the instructions which come with the repair kit and tools.

Things you need - Mallet, level, screwdriver, household cleaner, powdered graphite and lubricant.


Vacation Safety Tips for Your Home

The commonest of mistakes that people make, when out of their homes, is to leave their house keys under doormats or in the potted plants which hang outside their door. Everyone, including the burglars and thieves "know" such locations and there are high chances of them finding your house keys, if you too do the same! House break-ins occur anywhere, anytime. Their incidences particularly increase during the holiday time, when families are out on a vacation. That's why, if you are planning a vacation and nobody's going to be there in your house for a long period of time, it is advised that you take certain precautions, to keep your house safe!

List of Home Safety Tips while on Vacation

# 2: There are some clues which can give away that you are out on a vacation. For instance, if the newspapers keep on piling at your door or if the grass in your lawn is not mowed for long, someone can conclude that the home owners are away. So, make sure that you take care of all such things, before going out on a vacation. For stopping the delivery of newspapers, you will have to call up the newspaper circulation department. As for the grass, probably you can ask one of your close friends or immediate neighbors, whom you trust, to get it mowed regularly.

# 4: Try to maintain such a look in your house which gives an illusion that somebody is staying in there. For instance, you can ask a friend or a neighbor whom you trust, to park their car, once in a while, in your garage. If you can request them to maintain your outside garden and yard, even better. Set timers on the lights and preferably, on a radio too. The lights will go on and off in various rooms, plus the radio will play sometimes. This will make any possible intruders think that someone is in the house.

These are some useful safety tips, which will keep your valuables and house secure. If you follow these, you will be able to enjoy your vacation, without a single worry and care, in the world!

# 7: Do not leave cash or jewelry in your home. Deposit it in a bank or keep it in a home safe, before you set out holidaying. Also, the electricity, water and gas supply should be cut off, so as to ensure electrical safety in the home. This will also ensure that there is no fire or flooding in the house, in your absence.

# 6: Have your home security system in place. Inform the company that you will be gone and how to contact you, while you are on a vacation, if there is an emergency. Preferably, give a local contact person's name and phone number, in case a mis-eventuality takes place.

# 1: When out on a vacation, be careful as to whom to tell and not tell about your plans. As far as possible, avoid discussing your plans with neighbors, colleagues and other acquaintances whom you do not know that well. Also, do not leave a voice mail message on the phone or keep such a status message on any website which tells others that you are out of town for long. You never know, how this information can be misused by others!

# 8: Leave your emergency contact number with a trusted friend or neighbor. This way, if any untoward incident takes place, you can be informed immediately.

# 5: One of the most useful tips is to inform your local police department about the time period you will be away from home. Sometimes, they might keep a check on your house and the neighborhood. This would prevent people who do not reside in the neighborhood, from entering.

# 3: Lock the doors and windows of your house before you set out on a vacation. Cross check that you have properly closed the garage door and basement windows, as these are usually overlooked. After all, the last thing that you want to do is to give an open invitation to thieves, to enter your house!


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911 Audio Released of Shellie Zimmerman's Frantic Call for Help

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In the 911 audio, ShellieZimmermancan be heard telling the emergency dispatcher that Georgewas "trying to shut the garage door on her," among a slew of allegations, adding that she believed he was "going to shoot" both her and her father.

In the 911 call, Shellie Zimmerman also said that her husband took her iPadand slashed its screen with a pocket knife before slamming it on the ground. That iPad is now in police custody, and it's believed authorities are trying to extract video that Shelliemay have been capturing during the dispute.

Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara,did say his clienthad a firearm on him at the scene of the incident, but that neither Shellie, her father, nor the police ever saw it. Shellie's father and Zimmerman both admitted to hitting each other during a physical confrontation, though neither ultimately filed charges.

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Home Remodeling Improvement - Bright Tropical Colors

Many years ago, I purchased a home that I ended up making $80,000 on within less than 36 months. At that time, money was abundant for me and I treated myself by hiring one of Chicagoland's best professional painters. The home was relatively new but need fresh paint on the ceilings (I believe the painter applied a primer only on the ceilings - and yes, I am always detailed orientated when it comes to my decor and spending six figures or more.)

The painter I hired was award-winning and had even written several best-selling books on painting the exterior of your home. What was a bonus was the color selection, I picked out the general color scheme, but when it came to the large office with the beautiful half round window, I was completely lost., for you see, I knew I wanted a high-end finish but knew nothing beyond that mantra. Suede was big at the time so I was leaning toward suede. The professional painter (who actually in hindsight was a top designer in his own right) recommended brown. Yes, I had a completely brown office, done expertly in brown suede and it was magnificent.

One of the colors chosen was eggplant along with a rich green - tropical colors for any location but for the suburbs of Chicago - perhaps these colors were extreme but wait - here the end of the story - as I believe this high-end paint job made me allot of money.

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At the end of the four-day paint job, I handed the crew leader of his team a 5% cash bonus. This team was superb in every manner. They showed up on time, cleaned up their area to perfection and there was not one single inch that was not perfect in every manner throughout the entire home. What made me $80,000? In real estate, it is always the location but I have to wonder if that professional painting didn't significantly contribute.

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