How to Replace Garage Doors

If you’re a DIY junkie then you’ll probably want to replace your garage doors by yourself. This is no easy task, but with the proper tools and decent knowledge of their functionality you should be able to pull it off. You’ll need basic tools such as a drill, hammer, level, screwdrivers, locking pliers, and of course, a ladder.

There are many different types of garage doors that are installed slightly differently – but in general, most garage doors still undergo the same procedure. The very first thing you will need to do is remove the old doors. To do that you first need to bring the door down and release the spring tension and detach the opener. Remember, this point, your garage door will become extremely heavy. Refer to your manual for proper instructions on how to release the spring. Always keep in mind that springs are very dangerous and the door is extremely heavy once the spring has been released.

Once you’ve accomplished that, you can now unscrew the sections of the door and remove them one by one. Be careful as to not hurt yourself and remember that you should remove all hardware before installing your new door, don’t try to install your new door on the old tracks. If you have never previously replaced (or seen someone replace) a garage door, I recommend watching a few educational videos to get an idea of what should be done. Then you can refer to your garage door’s manual for further instructions. Make sure to go over the whole thing first before starting your project. You need to have a good overall idea of what you’re going to do – don’t guess act and then undo everything you’ve done.

Make sure to install an electric opener and eye sensors – those are absolutely necessary, and if you have kids or pets, it’s illegal not to have them. It’s important not to cheap out on your garage door or else you’ll start having minor issues that will soon turn into major problems. I recommend spending slightly more money for a durable brand instead of a cheap door that will get replaced after 6 months.

You’re expected to spend the whole day replacing your new doors. Yes, a professional can do it within 3 hours but you will always have the satisfaction of knowing that you were the one that installed the door all by yourself.

Choosing New Door Locks For Your Home

From time to time, most homeowners will occasionally have to replace the entry door locks on their home. If you are currently in the market for new doors locks, there are a number of considerations to take into account before you make your purchase. In this article, we’ll review some of the important features of home entry locks on the market today, so you can make an educated decision about what product is right for your home.

Today’s door locks come in an array of colors and finishes to choose from, including finishes like Bright Brass, Antique Brass, Satin Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, and more. Many homeowners will choose a color or finish based on the finishes of other metal fixtures throughout their homes such as lights, faucets, hinges, etc. Doing so can help maintain a consistent look throughout your home. However, the other important consideration when it comes to finish is the longevity. An inexpensive lock with a cheap finish will probably carry a one year warranty. As locksets go up in price, you will also notice that the years of warranty generally increase as well. The length of warranty you need may also depend on your geographic location. If you live near the ocean in a salty environment, you should look for a lock with a lifetime finish. Another consideration is whether your door handle is exposed to sunlight. If so, UV rays may damage or fade a cheap finish very quickly.

When it comes to buying door locks, security is of course, of utmost importance. Today, the top of the line in security are bump proof locks. Lock bumping is a method of forced entry into a home that is gaining in popularity among thieves because it’s so easy and fast, and because it leaves no signs of forced entry. Today’s bump proof locks may feature special key cylinders with pins that are impossible to pick and resistant to bumping. However, for the best protection, you should look for locks that have no exterior keyway at all. These locks typically feature a keypad on the outside so the homeowner can input a custom combination to open the door.

From a convenience standpoint, having a keypad door lock can be really nice, especially for families with pets and young children, or busy professionals who may not have time to mess around with keys. Another convenient type of door lock is the remote control actuated lockset. Much like a car remote, you carry a small remote on your keychain, then simply point it at your door and press a button to lock or unlock the door. These uses for a remote control lock are numerous. Handicapped persons can unlock their front door from inside the home without getting out of their chair. You can give extra remotes to service personnel, nannies, or house cleaners. Then each service person can get in your home as needed, but they will not have the ability to take a key to a hardware store and make a copy. When the service contract is up, they simply turn the remote back in to you.

These are just a few of many issues to consider when you get ready to buy new locks for your home. If you’re still unsure what units might be right for you, consult the personnel at your hardware store, or contact an online or catalog retailer who offers a special selection of home security products. A knowledgeable sales representative will be able to assist you in making the right decision. Remember, home entry locks are a big investment, so take your time and shop carefully. Not only do you want to get the most for your money, and that you’re providing the best possible security for yourself and your family.