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Things to Check Before Calling a Garage Door Repairman

Things to Check Before Calling a Garage Door Repairman

There’s nothing more stressful than dealing with a faulty garage door, especially in extreme weather conditions. As the weather begins to move from one direction to another, it can put a strain on your appliances, especially those that have mechanical functions. The garage door is no exception. Most garages don’t reach as warm a temperature as the inside of your home will.

If your garage door isn’t properly working, there are a few things that you should check before calling the garage door repairman. There are some things that you can repair on your own, and others that should not be touched without a professional knowledge. Learn the difference between these two types of problems to help get your garage door running in an inexpensive and timely manner.

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Find the problem

 

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    Automatic garage doors use quite a few different mechanics to continue running. There are a number of things that could go wrong with the garage door from the rollers to the springs. Before you even begin to look for the solution, it is imperative to find the true source of the problem.

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    Start by lowering the garage door and watching it go. If there are signs of it shaking on the way down, this may have something to do with the rollers. A noisy garage door can have many more problems. Determine where exactly the noise is coming from before proceeding. If the garage won’t open or close completely and needs to be opened manually, the problem most likely rests within the opener, not the garage door itself. When the problem rests in the overhead opener itself, most situations will require the help of a professional, although there are a few steps that can be taken.

    The solutions

     

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      After you have located the source of the problem, there are a few different solutions depending on the issue. Figure out which one works for your situation, and try to mend the problem from there.

      If the problem rests in the metal tracks, check for bumps and dents. This is a common problem for garage doors acting up. To mend this problem yourself get a wooden block and place it in the damaged location. Use a hammer to smooth it out. Be careful not to hit too hard, as this could result in further damage.

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      Dents and bumps are common, but they are not the only problems that can lie in the tracks. Make sure that the tracks are not misaligned. To take care of this problem, loosen the screws that connect the section of the track in question, and tap the door back into its place. You can use a level to make sure the alignment is right and that nothing else needs to be done.

      Damage directly to your garage door can cause problems to the functions of the garage door. This may be the cause of it coming off the tracks, or may even just cause a dent that can’t be hammered out in the main structure of the door. Depending on the type of garage door you have, whether it is steel, some other type of metal, or a wood garage door, the damage will be either greater or hardly noticeable. If you put the garage back on the tracks and still notice a problem, seek professional help.

      Problems with the springs, hinges, or the mechanics in the power supply can be more difficult to deal with. All you can really do is grease the moving parts and test it out one more time. If the problem persists, call a professional for help. Trying to mend the tightly coiled spring by yourself could have dangerous effects.

      When your garage door goes out, take a moment to assess the problem before calling for professional help. The issue could be something you could mend on your own. Even with this, be aware of your own limitations. Don’t take on difficult tasks just to save a little. Know when it is best to call a professional.

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      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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