How to Take Precautions during Repairs10/20/2014 Back To Blog
The wisest thing to do is avoid garage door repairs altogether if you are untrained in the subject. It's best not to meddle with matters you have absolutely no idea about and thus you basically protect yourself from any possible injuries. Most definitely, there are some tasks that won't put your lives in danger, especially if you care to follow some golden rules. Taking precautions doesn't make you ignorant but smart. On the other hand, knowing a few things about handiwork and garage systems doesn't make you an expert. If you think you can fix some garage door parts or even want just to check them, take into consideration some rules in both the theoretical and practical level. It might save you from a lot of trouble and definitely accidents.
10 ways to protect yourself from the overhead door
- Read more about garage door accidents. Learn why people get injured! Such data will give you a pretty clear picture of what are the most obvious traps when dealing with garage doors.
- Keep the manual handy and learn as much as you can about your sectional doors.
- Remember to disconnect the opener before you start checking or repairing components.
- Protect your hands by wearing gloves and never place fingers in the joints. They can get caught and amputated.
- If you want to reach the electric garage door opener or the torsion spring, it is preferable to use a ladder rather than a stool.
- Avoid coming face to face with the springs. If they were to snap, they may hurt you badly.
- When you want to keep the door open to check parts and you disconnect the opener, put C-clamps in the garage door tracks. They will ensure the door is kept open and won't fall on you.
- Avoid standing under the door.
- Refrain from removing garage door brackets and hinges. These parts secure other components, which might fall and injure you or cause the abrupt release of springs or door collapse.
- Always keep in mind that even the most lightweight garage door is extremely heavy and its collapse will definitely cause severe injuries. Furthermore, always remember that the tiniest component has a particular reason for being in a specific position and so you must never meddle with them if you don't really know what you are doing.