Have you been thinking about DIY garage door repair to save a little bit of money? Yeah, that is a very bad idea. There are actually a lot of reasons that is a bad idea but we will try to keep this short and sweet. We understand how tempting it is. Just do it yourself and all you have to pay for is parts, right? Wrong. As a matter of fact, it could end up costing you more. Why? Well, we are going to tell you why! Whether you believe us or not is a different story.
It Is Extremely Dangerous
Okay, so you have probably heard this at least a few times before and not cared. What makes this time any different? Well, we are going to be real with you… Or very blunt, for you older folks. Repairing or replacing certain garage door parts can be hazardous to your health and personal property. Garage door springs, garage door tracks, rollers, garage door openers and pretty much any moving part can be dangerous. Actually, garage door springs are probably the most dangerous. The support the entire weight of your garage door, and the lightest garage door out there still weighs eighty pounds. They are called tension springs for a reason. If one snaps, it could literally take your head off. That isn’t the sort of the thing you just get up after.
It Can And Will Be A Giant Waste
Not just of time, but also of money. Three of the reasons are actually covered by this and we will go over them individually, just so you understand what we mean by this.
Buying The Wrong Parts
If you are not a garage door expert, then you may not realize that you are buying the wrong parts. This, of course, falls under a waste of money. Do you know the Make, Model and year of your garage door? Not knowing even the year can mean you need very different parts than what you can find easily.
Using The Wrong Tools
Some garage door parts are like automatic parts; they require special tools to take them off and put the new parts on.
Sometimes, you just don’t have the tool you need and don’t know what is the right tool, even if it is not a specialty tool. Either way, using the wrong tool can make the problem worse, or cause new problems.
Putting Something On Wrong
So, you have gotten far enough that you are putting even the correct part back on. Do you remember how the old one was on? A little tip if you are really stubborn; Always take a picture with your camera or smartphone of how it looked before you took it apart. That is if it wasn’t totally wrecked before this point. Either way, you could still be putting it on wrong. It’s just like doing your own brakes on your car. If you do it wrong, you will definitely regret it later.