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Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
No matter whether an accident involved a freshly licensed teen or an experienced driver, knowing what to do (or not do) is essential to bouncing back.
My daughter Michelle lived in Montgomery for 4 years while attending university there. We sent down an old car from Canada for her which she had problems with. We gave her the advise of getting estimates from a few places for repair. Some of the estimates where very high. While looking at her car, the person checking it out at DJ's Car Care connected a loose wire and sent her off, no charge. Of course, being an old car she had other problems. She went for estimates a few times, enough to know that even though they were the farthest away from where she lived, she had absolute trust in the company. I would like to thank Danny for looking after my daughter and for letting her realize that there are some really good people out there working or owning very honest companies.The kindness and trustworthiness for my daughter will never be forgotten.
“I like the way he talk and it was easy talking to him. He also told me what my problem was and show me the reason why the door fell. He wasn't in no hurry and talk to me as he was doing the work. I'm very please with the job. THANK.”
Greg did an excellent job fixing my garage door. I called this company late Saturday evening and Greg called me back instantly. He even scheduled an appointment the following Sunday morning, was on time, and did exceptional work in a timely manner. Their pricing was very fair and Greg was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. I would highly recommend this company and Greg to anyone needing garage door work or repair and will definitely use them again. Awesome job!!!!!!”
Jeffrey was extremely personable, easy to talk to, made us feel very comfortable. He communicated what he needed to do, when he would be back, called before arriving, called if he was running late. Did a wonderful job and answered all our questions and tips for maintaining our garage door in good running condition. Wouldn't hesitate to call them again.
The service man was very polite and pleasant. Even though it was the weekend, I shared with him the hardship I was having, have five grandchildren to get gifts for, and they waived the weekend rate service charge. Company also allowed me to pay half on bill this month, and pay the other half the first of next month. I am retired, disabled and on fixed income. I praise the Lord for them, Companies just don't help people like that anymore.
Randy is great! Prices were fair and the service is excellent. He's the only one I'll let work on my car.
Very knowledgeable and dependable. There is no better mechanic. From street car to race car, he's the man!
Once upon a time, these guys were ethical. That is not the case anymore. After taking both of our cars in for routine maintenance, we noticed new, strange noises and leaks in our driveway. We reported these occurrences within the first week, and brought the cars in for a quick once-over. ' things needed to settle', we were told. After another few weeks, we brought our primary car in AGAIN for review. They'd forgotten to reconnect the power steering hose, but no worries, right? They reconnected it and told us that should fix the noises and leaking. One week later, in preparation for an 800+ mile drive, we asked them to check it again. Nothing had stopped ( not the noise, not the leaking) and we noticed that the brake light that they had charged us to repair HAD NEVER BEEN FIXED. We paid for them to flush the power steering pump, and went on our way, with assurances that our car was in working order. While we were away, we noticed that the noises and leaking remained, they still hadn't repaired the light we asked them (and paid them) to fix, and that they had forgotten to do things like secure our battery in our car. It was a mess. Upon returning and demanding that they at least secure our battery and FINALLY fix that light, we were told that our power steering pump was about to fail, but that they would give us a GREAT deal on repairing it!!! The bottom line is that these guys like to hide behind faith to lure in trusting customers, but in the end, you'll need to be praying that your car works after they touch it.
Their website specifically say they overhaul engines. I called to ask about a ring job on my truck and was told they don't repair engines, only replace engines. They need to remove the "overhaul" from their website and service description. It is misleading.
The best business I've ever had at a auto repair shop and I plan on using them many more times! Mr. K himself was respectable, polite, and a pleasure doing business with! Hard to come by these days! Thank you for your business!
Some people use their garages to keep their cars safe. Others use them to store boxes of books and home decorations. No matter how a garage is used, there is one key factor they all must have in common to protect the precious items within: A functional garage door.
There is no shortage of variety when it comes to choosing a garage door. Options include different materials, styles and lifting or opening methods, each with its own unique pros and cons.
When deciding on the right garage door, the first thing to consider is the style.
Garage Door Styles
The two most common styles of garage door include:
The benefits of swing-out doors are their classic look and the ability to keep the garage ceiling clear for added storage space. The major downside of this style is the amount of time it takes to manually lock, unlock, open, and close them. They can be manual or operated by a remote control.
Perhaps the most common and recognizable style is the roll-up garage door. These features are much easier to automate than their swinging counterparts, making them a preferred choice for many homeowners. However, ceiling space must be sacrificed to make room for the door when open. These are typically automatic, but manual models are also available.
Aside from these popular models, homeowners can choose between:
Once you've determined the style of garage door, you can move on to choosing the material. Some considerations you might keep in mind include:
If you're looking for something that will withstand the test of errant basketballs and driver's education students, a vinyl door might be your best bet. These doors are hard to dent or break and don't need much maintenance to keep up their appearance. They are usually built on steel frames with polyurethane insulation and come in a limited variety of colors.
Wood can stand up to plenty of the abuse a garage door may be subject to from time to time. They are also attractive doors with many color options. They can be painted or stained at the factory or on site. One of the biggest downsides to wood garage doors is the upkeep - they may need to be repainted or restained regularly to maintain the color.
Fiberglass doors can break with a strong impact but in general are pretty sturdy. Like vinyl doors, they are built on steel frames and insulated with polyurethane.
Wood composite doors have the same aesthetic advantages of wood doors but are less expensive. They usually have a wood frame and are filled with polyurethane insulation. Some may have fiberboard skins and are designed to closely mimic wood.
It doesn't take much to dent these doors, but they aren't very expensive and require little maintenance. However, they are subject to rust, especially in damper climates.
These doors can also easily dent but don't rust. They are also lightweight, which is ideal for larger garage doors, as more weight on such a large frame could put added stress on the lifting or opening mechanism.
Five basic designs of garage door openers are available to homeowners. Two are relatively recent developments, while the other three are fairly standard and have been around for decades.
One of the biggest advantages of the direct-drive opener is how silent it is. With the motor being the only moving part of this machine, it's said to be the quietest model available. This is one of the newest designs and was developed in Germany.
Another relatively recent design, this model is ideal for a homeowner who wants to keep the ceiling clear for storage. It is set up on the wall closest to the garage door as opposed to on the ceiling, like most garage door openers.
This opener is powered by a motor that rotates a threaded-steel rod on which a trolley rides. It is a relatively quick garage door opener, though most garage doors close at the same rate for safety reasons. Additionally, they are said to be the easiest to maintain, given that they don't involve many moving parts. However, these doors have a history of problems when the temperature quickly changes, and they are noisy. If there is an apartment or office above a garage, screw-driven openers may not be the best option.
These use a chain similar to that of a bicycle. The chain pulls a trolley connected to a bar that lifts the garage door. It can be noisy and cause vibrations, given the metal-to-metal contact, though more recent models are said to be a little bit better about this.
The function of belt-driven openers is the same as chain-driven openers. The only major difference is that instead of metal chains, these door openers are built with a belt made of fiberglass, steel-reinforced rubber, or polyurethane. This brings down the noise level but increases the price.
As with most things mechanical, garage doors may begin to develop problems after a few years of use. Many typical problems are easily identified and, with the right knowledge or help from a professional, aren't too difficult to fix.
Transmitter or Remote Won't Work
The first thing you should check in this instance is the transmitter battery. Dead batteries are often the culprit, though there are other causes seen as well. If the batteries are in good shape, take a look at the cables and tracks to make sure they are clear, clean, and sturdy.
Door Doesn't Close All the Way
If you notice a gap at the bottom of your garage door after closing it, try resetting the close limit. Your door might be set to close at a higher point than the ground. It might also be set too low, and when the door reaches the ground, the sensor reacts in the same way it would if an object was obstructing its path: by retreating upward.
Door Shakes When Opening
This could be caused by debris on the tracks or wheels. Clean these first to see if this is the problem. If not, the springs might be stretched unevenly or worn out.
Door Squeaks When Opening
The rollers are most likely dry and need to be lubricated.
Door Closes Faster Than Usual
A quickly closing garage door could easily become a safety hazard. The problem is usually springs that are too stretched out. They should be replaced by a professional. Working with these large springs can be difficult, and they can quickly turn into dangerous, fast-moving metal whips.
Door Makes a Strange Sound at the Same Point Every Time It's Used
This might mean your tracks are either dented, falling, or otherwise misaligned. This is not just annoying; it's dangerous. Misaligned or damaged tracks can cause the door to cease working or to fall off its tracks. If your door seems to be working fine overall, feel free to inspect the issue further. But if your door is stuck, slanted, or looks unstable, call a professional who will have the right tools to fix the problem.
Door Sticks When Opening or Closing
If you begin to notice this around a change in seasons, check the lubricant on the tracks. Weather patterns will affect lubricant's effectiveness. Dirt or debris on the tracks could also be the cause; make sure they're clear and clean. If the tracks look fine, make sure the doors are hung evenly.
It's not uncommon for a garage door to have a problem or two every once in awhile. But, if the same issue keeps coming up or one cause has led to a variety of problems, it might be time to consider replacing your door altogether.
For someone who's familiar with tackling tough home improvement projects, installing a garage door might be a viable do-it-yourself project. It'll likely take the better part of a Saturday, and it's not a bad idea to ask for help, especially when taking off the old door.
But if you're even a little bit wary of taking on such a large task, reaching out to a professional would probably be a smart move. On average, a new garage door installation will cost around $1,000. Most homeowners end up paying somewhere between $740 and $1,400, including the installation and the door itself.
Likewise, a custom garage door could be a project that an experienced wood or metal worker can take on with the right materials, tools, and knowledge. However, for the amateur DIY-er, contacting a professional might be the best way to go. If you are unfamiliar with the project, the weight alone could prove to be an issue. Depending on the size, it could weigh as much as 200 pounds, though some smaller or uninsulated ones could be less than 100 pounds.
To keep your garage door functional for as long as possible, try to inspect it every so often to ensure everything is working properly. A problem that goes too long without attention can only get worse and wind up costing you more to repair or replace the door.
About once a month, carefully observe the door as you open and close it. If you hear or see anything unusual, take a closer look at it. The regular motion could easily loosen up some of the hardware, so take a few minutes to tighten everything up. Also, be sure that tracks, tires, and other moving parts are properly lubricated.
If your door is painted, make sure it isn't chipped or peeling. Deteriorating paint on a wooden door could let moisture in, which leads to warped doors, while a steel door could rust if water gets in.