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garage doors - call a person!

Edit: Entry was titled "Call a guy" - I want to emphasize that a male or female could be qualified to fix a garage door and I would not worry about the gender of the professional sent to repair my house in any case.

Marc and I have been trying to fix stuff ourselves lately, inspired by the makerspace culture of DIY, attempt the unknown! this includes stuff around the house.

Cue the soundtrack for this entry: Weird Al's I'm so handy

Our garage door has always sounded a little weird and then Marc bumped it with the car, sending it off track and part of it just hanging down precariously, definitely not moving up and down when we hit the button. So we spent two mornings working in the heat trying to get the damn thing snapped back in. The pins that hold it to the track were impossible. We almost died, separately, but frequently. The door was heavy and one person would hold it while the other tried to re-coil these tense wires around broken drums.

Finally on day 3 Marc said fuck it and called a guy.

So the guy came out, replaced the broken spindle thing that we were trying to make work, re-set everything in its tracks, lubricated appropriately, and now the garage door is FANTASTIC! For, like, $160 or something stupid like that? Now when we hit the button the door not only moves up and down, but it doesn't sound like someone throwing a garage door down the stairs, it was weird to us since it's always sounded questionable but suddenly... professional!

I was so happy I started telling people that we should have called a professional out sooner and a few coworkers were like yeah, actually, these things are freaking dangerous to work on. I googled and yes, there are many many injuries every year from garage doors. Who knew!

So that's the PSA of the week - even if you're an ambitious DIY-er, maybe a garage door is too much for you. Don't lose an arm or a head or whatever you can lose. It's okay, you're still tough.


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Jun. 27th, 2016 07:07 pm (UTC)
Oh my. The way you described it all really cracked me up! We've been trying to DIY some things too and it never goes according to plan. I don't get the trick! haha
Jun. 27th, 2016 07:51 pm (UTC)
Love the intro video. Weird Al hasn't lost his touch, that's for sure!

Congrats on the fixed and improved garage door! That's definitely something to be left to the professionals who have the tools and the know-how. Of course with some DIY projects you can ask yourself: at my hourly rate how long can I afford to spend on this project time wise before I would have been better off having someone else do it?

All for saving money and doing it yourself over here, but I'm also conscious of not speding a dollar to save a dime.
Jun. 28th, 2016 02:11 am (UTC)
Oh, man. I've rewired houses, rerun gas lines, and poured cement, but I mostly draw the line at working on garage doors, because those springs are so incredibly scary.
Jun. 28th, 2016 12:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, springs can store a LOT of energy! I tweaked our garage door's tension spring, but it required considerable research on how to do it safely. Repairing a seriously damaged setup is likely well beyond where I would try to go, especially after hearing your account!
Jun. 28th, 2016 12:21 pm (UTC)
We had the EXACT same experience recently (well, garage door, DIY, call a guy, not the springs).

I'm all for DIY, but there's some stuff where it's just really worth it to pay for their years of expertise. Other places we have found this to be true: Major plumbing projects, tree trimming.

We also wish we'd called someone yeaaars ago. Our garage door used to do this thing where it'd come halfway down, decide to stop, go back up, come halfway down, rinse, repeat. We thought the sensor was just wonky or something, but we paid a guy to replace the gears and BOOM. Works like new.
Jun. 29th, 2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
ahahahha I listen to Weird Al but obviously I need to actually watch more videos.

We had a spring break (!!) for our garage door one day and it was fucking scary.
Jun. 30th, 2016 02:21 am (UTC)
the convenience that being willing (and able) to spend a little money will get you!

Growing up with thrifty parents, it's still a heady experience
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