Repair and Restoration: Delicate Work and Details

Troubleshooting Garage Roller Door Problems

Posted by on January 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Troubleshooting Garage Roller Door Problems

As a homeowner, you expect your garage doors to operate smoothly since you need to access your garage on a regular basis. However, regular use also compounds the chances of wear and tear. As such, roller doors are not exempt when it comes to needing repairs. The good news is that some of the problems that these doors face can be fixed with a little maintenance on your part. Steer clear from tampering with your roller doors though. Being quite heavy, they can inflict serious harm if not handled properly. If troubleshooting the problem does not help, it is always best to enlist professional roller door repairs. Here are some handy tips to troubleshooting garage roller door problems. Your garage roller doors are not moving uniformly If you notice your garage doors shimmying from side to side when being opened and closed, you need to establish what is causing the uneven movement. In most cases, the problem lies with debris having accumulated in the tracks. If there are obstructions on the garage door tracks, then the wheels will not be able to run smoothly. If you cannot notice any visible dirt on the tracks, then the problem may lie with the springs of the garage doors. Do not attempt to fiddle with these on your own. Instead, hire professional roller door technicians to diagnose the cause and fix it before any further damage is caused. Your garage roller doors are emitting strange noises when operated Your garage roller doors are composed of movable parts. When these movable parts are neglected, they will begin to accumulate grime, dirt and more, which will impede the functionality of the doors. It is recommended to regularly clean out the movable parts of your garage doors. Once this is done, liberally douse them with lubrication. This should enable the garage doors to move smoothly and inaudibly. If you lubricate the movable parts and the tracks of your garage doors but still are unable to stop the strange noises, then it would be best to have professional contractors have look at your garage doors. Your garage roller doors roll down too fast Garage doors are heavy. This is why they need to roll down smoothly and slowly so as to avoid accidental injuries. If your garage doors are rolling down too fast, chances are there is a broken cable or loose springs. Do not attempt to fix this on your own though. Instead, consult with professional contractors who will be better equipped at dealing with the safety...

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Preparing a Concrete Subfloor for Vinyl Flooring Installation

Posted by on January 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preparing a Concrete Subfloor for Vinyl Flooring Installation

Sheet vinyl flooring affords a hard-wearing surface to those areas exposed to high foot traffic in your home. Prior to the installation of vinyl flooring, it is important that the condition of the subfloor is good. Careful and proper preparation of the concrete subfloor plays a major role in the success of a fitting, durable floor installation. Unevenness or roughness on the subfloor is likely to telegraph across the new vinyl flooring.  In fact, bumps on the concrete subfloor may result in the premature wear and tear of the vinyl flooring. DIY enthusiasts can set up new vinyl flooring on top of an existing vinyl subfloor as long as the surface is even. But for concrete subfloors, several preparation procedures must be implemented before vinyl floor installation. Read on for further insight. What you will need: ·         Duct tape ·         Sheet vinyl flooring piece ·         Carpenter’s level ·         Marker pen ·         Floor patching compound ·         Putty knife ·         Medium-grit sandpaper ·         Belt sander Instructions 1.       Before vinyl installation, the subfloor must be free of moisture. Therefore, the first step is to test the concrete subfloor for wetness or moisture. Cut a small piece of vinyl sheet and tape it to the concrete subfloor using a duct tape. Tightly seal the edges. Allow the vinyl to rest in place for about three days. Try pull up the vinyl sheet, and if the tape gives up easily, the concrete subfloor is too wet for vinyl installation and needs to be dried out. 2.       When faced with a damp subfloor, the best solution is to dry it by leaving it uncovered. Another alternative is to run a fan or a heater in the room for a few days to dry out the concrete subfloor. 3.       Run a carpenter’s level diagonally to determine the levelness of the subfloor. Identify and mark high and low areas with a marker pen. 4.       Stir the floor patching compound using a paint stirring stick. Apply the patching compound onto low spots on the subfloor, using a putty knife. Make sure the patched area blends in with the neighboring concrete by feathering the patch’s edges. Then, leave the patch to dry for a couple of minutes. 5.       Once fully dried, fasten a medium-grit sandpaper onto a belt sander in order to level out the high spots on the subfloor. Continue until the whole subfloor is even and smooth. 6.       Use a dry vacuum to clean the subfloor once the sanding process is complete. For more information, or for help preparing the subfloor, contact a local floor installation...

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