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If the roller spindles show any signs of wear (ie, if the rollers are sliding up and down and not rolling) now is the best time to replace them.

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You should not attempt to adjust a garage door that has a standard torsion-spring mechanism because these are under extreme tension. Contact a professional.

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Concrete driveways are permanent, low maintenance additions to your home. Give kids a safe place to ride scooters and decrease erosion.

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The power to your garage is out with the door shut, and you need to get your car out or you'll have to take a bus.

Garage Door NO Power

You'll notice a cord--usually with a red handle--dangling down from the guide track that the opener uses to open and close the door. This is the manual override. Once pulled, it allows you to open and close the door with your own power.

Cold weather has stiffened the mechanism of your garage door opener and caused it to lose power.

Garage Door Frozen Out

Most garage door openers made in the past 15 years have pressure adjustments for both raising and lowering. Check and adjust these settings seasonally to keep things running smoothly.

That sagging garage door is getting harder and harder to open.

Garage Door Saggy

Garage doors, especially older, wooden models, are as susceptible to the ravages of time and gravity like the rest of us. If your aging doors are a little saggy, square them up with the tension rods positioned on the back of the door. The rods are placed diagonally from top to bottom corners and can be tightened at a turnbuckle to straighten out the door--do a little at time to allow the door to adjust to the change. If your door isn't already equipped with tension rods, you can buy them at home centers.

Your dream car is parked in out of the elements, but it's not secure because the garage door won't lock.

Garage Door Wont Lock

Most garage doors have two horizontal bars that move out from the center of the door into slots along the side of the door in the door track, effectively locking the door in place. Over time, these bars can shift slightly out of position so that they are no longer correctly aligned with the locking slots. To realign the bars, unscrew the guide brackets on the edges of the door so that they are loose enough to move, and then reposition them so that they smoothly guide the locking bars into the locking slots. Lubricate the lock mechanism with machine oil and this should keep them running smoothly.

After working on the car, you find a big oil stain on the driveway.

Garage Door Wont Lock

Pulverize a scrap piece of drywall with a hammer (any new home construction site will have dumpsters full of waste pieces of drywall). Crumble the pulverized drywall with your hands and sprinkle on the stain. Leave it overnight, and rinse off in the morning. Reapply and brush in with a bristle broom in cases of stubborn stains.