If you have a roll-up garage door, sooner or later it’s going to need a service. That’ll cost you around R350, never mind the callout charge. And if it’s left too long, your door motor could even burn out, setting you back thousands.
So here’s how to avoid those nasty costs. Cut a narrow piece of wood with a bevelled edge, as in picture, to make a scraper. Scrape all the accumulated gunk out of the door channels either side (a messy job, so have some newspaper handy for wiping your scraper).
When clean, spray the channels with lubricant (professionals recommend Tool-In-a-Can). NEVER use thick grease. Close the garage door then spray all bearing surfaces inside. Garage door service done – all for the price of a tin of lubricant!
This article was originally published in the April 2016 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine.