SAFETY FIRST! Be very careful around the garage door. It’s
one of the heaviest moving objects on your house and can inflict serious or
even deadly injury and harm to people, pets and objects in and around the
Start by placing all of the necessary
tools outside of the garage (on the driveway, etc.) because you will
need to close the garage door when you begin the weather seal removal and installation
·Utility Shears or other means to cut the weather
·Caulk (we suggest using one that is paintable so
you can match it to the color of your house or garage door)
·Household spray cleaner (such as 409)
Removal of the Old Weather Seal
1.Start by closing the garage door and unplugging
the garage door opener from the power source. Also, if your opener is equipped
with an emergency operator trolley release (usually a red T-style pull handle
on a rope connected to the trolley), be sure to pull the release to disengage
the trolley from the track and manually raise the garage door to the open
position.We have found that it is easier
to work on the weather seal with the garage door in an open position.To do this hold the garage door where you
desire it to stay and use a locking pliers (Vise Grips) and clamp it to the
garage door track.
Tip: Be sure to
position the locking clamp below the bottom roller so that the door cannot
close on you if the torsion spring tension happens to be out of adjustment.
This is a very common issue and the tension should be adjusted annually only by
a trained professional.
2.To begin removal of the old weather seal, (with
the garage door in an open position), choose a side and take a sharp utility
knife (with a NEW blade) and make a clean score at the joint between the weather
seal body (wood, aluminum, PVC, or vinyl) and the garage door jamb (see photo).This will allow you to remove the old weather
seal with out damaging the finish on the garage door jamb.
3.Using a rigid, steel putty knife, firmly push
between the old weather seal and the garage door jamb. With a gentle prying
motion, loosen the weather seal from the door jamb. Now you will be able to use
a flat bar (pry bar) inserted in the gap to finish removing the seal and nails.
Tip: You may
want to place a small piece of sheet metal or a putty knife under the pry bar
to prevent damaging the finished garage door jamb (see photos).
4.Repeat this process for the remaining top and
side pieces of weather seal.
5.With all of the weather seal and fasteners
removed from the garage door jambs, take this opportunity to remove any debris
and ridges of paint.We also suggest cleaning
the door jambs with a clean cloth and some household spray cleaner (like 409 or
a similar product that cut remove dirt and grease).
Installation of New Weather Seal
1.Start by using a tape measure to measure the
length of the inside of the top garage door jamb, side-to-side at the top,
where the top piece of garage door weather seal will be installed first (see
Tip:This step is done much easier with two
a utility shears to cut the new, replacement weather seal pieces to length (be
sure to first check the fit and adjust as needed and re-measure BEFORE cutting!).
Tip:You can use utility shears, a hand or electric hand saw with a fine
tooth blade (placed in a miter box based on type of saw used), an angle grinder
with a 3/32” cutoff wheel, or a multi-tool with a fine tooth blade or saw.
There are many options to choose from here, just remember to utilize ALL SAFETY
MEASURES regarding eye wear, hearing protection, gloves, etc.
you have determined the placement of the new, cut weather seal, we recommend
drilling small pilot holes for the nails.We have found that it is easier to drill a small pilot hole (slightly
smaller than the diameter of the nail you will use) centered in the width of
the new weather seal, 1 inch from each end and then in 8” – 12” inch intervals
for the entire length of weather seal.This eliminates the need to try to pound the nails in while in an upside
down position (see photo).
Tip:If it is colder than 60 degrees F outside we highly recommend that you
take the time to drill small pilot holes especially if you are installing PVC
seal and the main body cracks easily at colder temperatures.
push a nail into each hole in the weather seal. We prefer to use color matched
Maze brand galvanized, smooth or ring shank trim nails, but a stainless steel
or 4D, (about 1-3/8” to 1-1/2” in length) galvanized box nails should work as
well.Do not use steel nails of
any type as they will rust and leave rust streak on the paint and finishes.
Photo Notes:Nails shown in photo, left to right, are:
Galvanized Brown Maze Ring Shank Nail, Galvanized White Maze Ring Shank Nail
and Stainless Steel Smooth Shank Nail.The
4D Galvanized Smooth Shank Box Nail is not pictured.
the door in the closed position, and with the help of your assistant, raise the
weather seal into position, making sure to adjust the lip of the seal so that
it presses against the face of the garage door, forming an air tight seal. The
solid PVC body of the seal should not contact the garage door.
all of the nails across the top piece of weather seal into the door jamb, but
do not drive the nails all the way in until you have made your final
adjustments to the weather seal placement (see photo).
the same process for both of the side door jamb weather seals, adjusting the weather
seal fit as you go.
you can trim the soft vinyl flaps at a 45 degree angle in the corners for a
nice, clean-looking finish.
the garage door operation to make sure it does not bind on the weather seal at
any point as it travels along the track.
10.Now you can drive the weather seal nails all
the way in, just be careful not to hit the door if you have it closed at this
11.If you had
problems with binding before you replaced the seals, you may find that you will
need to adjust the garage door operator pressure limit settings.Refer to your garage door operator Owner’s Manual
or their website for this information.
for a nice clean appearance and to seal-out the weather elements, we recommend
using a latex, silicone-based but paint-able caulk, to seal along the edge of
the weather seal and the door jamb.Be
sure to use a damp rag to wipe away any excess caulk.You can then apply touch-up paint as needed.
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Whether you are looking to hire a contractor to install new rollers on your garage door or build an addition to your garage, it's important to hire a licensed contractor that is also experienced in their field. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
1. In most every state it is the law that any contractor who advertises MUST be licensed, no matter the size of the job. So look and ask for a license number and check it online at your states registrar of contractors or equivalent site. Once on the site, enter the company license number. Note the name of the company (does it match the name of the company being advertised?). Also verify if they have worker’s compensation insurance. If they say they don’t, ask when you call them, who will be coming out. If it’s the name (of the individual/owner) on the license, no problem. If it is a technician, or any other name don't do business with them since said they didn’t have employees! You now know that whoever would come out to perform the work is not licensed or insured. They will say they are sub contractors but they are not. You can also look to see if they have any complaints and if their license was ever revoked or suspended and why. Stay away from any contractor which you has any unresolved matters with the state licensing agency.
2. Check the your local Better Business Bureau (BBB). Contrary to a mixed news reviews that debunked their credibility, they actually are a very credible source. They will have online reviews and records that you can search that include contractors who are not even members of the BBB. You can see how many and what type of complaints weed files and how long ago they were and what the resolution was. Make sure whoever you hire has a good rating. It takes a lot of accountability to maintain a good rating over the years.
3. Use the following web sites and look for reviews: Google and Yelp. Simply type in the company or contractor name and then add the word "reviews" to the search and you should get a list of most reviews on the web.
4. If you have several projects to do, Angie’s List is a great resource for contractors. A company can’t get on Angie’s List directly. Their clients have to refer them. This is like having a giant data base of reviews for contractors in various specialties in your area. There’s a small annual fee but worth it if you may need to do multiple searches.
Now, hopefully these tips will help you make an informed decision about any contractor or company you hire in any of the trades! Taking 15 minutes to check things out will give you a good sense of the company and could save you time and money!
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It's important to change the light bulb in your garage door opener with one that is designed to work with you opener and is resistant to vibration to ensure a longer lifespan. Be cautious when using LED and CFL bulbs as they can give off interference and interfere with the operation of your remote transmitters. Read more here by clicking on the link.
rollers or wheels can be an integral
part of how safe, smooth and quite
your garage door operates. Rollers are made in various qualities in a number of different materials and sizes to meet the effective use of the end user. Determining the
correct type of garage door rollers
for your garage door can be a little confusing, especially when you do not know
what you need to look for in a garage door roller. To simplify things, there
are a couple of primary things you
need to be aware of. First would be the actual size of the
roller, and 2nd is the purpose and
conditions you will be
operating your door in.
The material can vary on both
the garage door roller itself, as well as on the stem. Each material features its ownpros and cons, and
knowing your own priorities,
necessities, and expectations on your garage door can help you pick a wheel that
will best serve you. The
materials of a garage door roller can
influence just how long the
roller lasts, how resistant it is against high-moisture environments, how quiet
the garage door will be, and how heavy of a door the roller can accommodate. Your
first concern, in any situation, would
be to determine a garage door roller
that can accept the weight of your garage door without wearing out prematurely.
The safest method to replace
your garage door roller is to look at the material that your garage door
rollers are currently made out of. However, if you were considering upgrading
your rollers, it might begood
to know the weight your garage door. Oftentimes, the weight of the door will be located on a sticker somewhere on the
garage door or perhaps the
Roller sizes are rather standard in the garage door business. It is
usuallya one inch, two inch, or three inch diameter on
the wheel itself. You can very easily find out this measurement by placing a ruler across the face of the roller. In
addition to the diameter of the
roller, you need to know the entire length of the stem itself as well. You can
get that measurement by measuring the full length of the stem up to where the
roller is on the stem. The measurement you will get is not always going to be an exact
measurement of 1", 2", or 3" rollers. A 3" roller will
typically measure out to be about 2-3/4", while a 2" roller will
measure out to be a 1-3/4", and a 1" roller will measure out around
3/4". In addition, the shaft of almost every roller will be a diameter of
7/16 of an inch, which is the typical industry standard. You will likely not need to worry about that measurement
unless you have a much older door. If you've got a very old door a simple quick measurement of
the stem diameter using a ruler
or caliper would not hurt. Knowing
this measurement, you can observe
what size works with you
One of the next priorities when choosing a roller would be to determine if your garage door is in
a high-moisture environment or not. Rollers made with stainless steel or zinc
plating are made that way because they are resistant of rust. Under normal
conditions, they are utilized
in spaces like car washes, dairy barns and other high-moisture environments. If
you do not have a high-moisture location, there isn't an expressed requirement for a stainless steel or zinc plated roller,
but if you've had a rust problem in the past, it's probably wise that
you will get rollers that are
resilient against rust. An area where you may choose to use a corrosion
resistant roller is in a colder
climate that has snow and salt. A corrosion resistant roller will prevent the
bottom rollers from rusting out and failing prematurely.
Once you have determined the
environment your door operates in the
next decision is between how quiet you want your garage door to be, how much
money you want to invest, and how long you would like the rollers to last. If
smooth quite operation is what
you are looking for then a nylon or rubber roller needs to be on your list. Additionally, the
number of balls in the bearing for the
roller can drastically effect how loud your garage door will be. The more ball
bearings inside the garage door roller there are, the quieter and smoother the
garage door will run. Additionally, rollers with more ball bearings in them
tend to last considerably longer than ones with fewer ball bearings. Typically
the more ball bearings the more
expensive the roller.
Ultimately, comprehending the
cycle life of a garage door wheel is important as well to picking a
garage door wheel especially in
commercial applications. The ratings are fairly simple to understand. The
rating for our 3” 10 ball 7” steel is as follows around 50000 cycles on a 12
foot high door at approximately 150lbs per roller. A single roller does not
support the entire weight of the door, so this should not be alarming. So if we
take that into perspective it means that using this particular roller on a door
with ten rollers on it, the rollers could lift a 1500lb door that is 12 ft.
high approximately 50,000 times before it breaks or fails. Mind you, such a door is very large, and likely is not what you have. However
it gives you a glimpse into the strength
of these rollers. If your rollers are too weak to lift the door, the roller
will break a lot more quickly
than under normal circumstances, so make sure pick something that can support the weight of the garage door.
To summarize, the pros of steel
rollers are that they last longer than nylon on large applications, they handle
higher loads, and they tend to be a little bit cheaper. The con is that they
are much louder than nylon rollers and are much less tolerant to moisture.
Nylon rollers have thebenefit
of smooth operation, lightweight
design and quietness, but they tend to break if impacted. As for the stems, if
you need rust resistance, get zinc plated or stainless steel, otherwise just
regular steel will suffice. The number of ball bearings can greatly manipulate the cost, but as you add more ball bearings, the
roller lasts longer and runs quieter.
The most common roller used on a
residential garage door is a 7 ball bearing steel roller in a 2” diameter tire
with a shaft length around 4”. These rollers are good for universal use and
have a load rating of 35lbs and are good for around 10,000 cycles. You
can find this style roller in
many hardware or big box stores. If
you are looking to upgrade to a heavy
duty roller for your residential door we might recommend you upgrade to a 10 ball bearing roller which has a working load of 75lbs and cycle life doubles to nearly 20,000. If you
are looking for the ultimate in maintenance free and the quietest garage door
rollers for your home we would suggest the white vinyl standard 11 ball bearing
roller. The rollers that we carry at Star Door Parts are of a much higher quality than what you will find at your local hardware store. You could also check with a local door dealer
but we have found their
selection isn't as good and
door dealers are not always
willing to sell retail.
When contemplating replacing worn or damaged garage door rollers as
being a DIY project it is very
important that you do them one-by-oneto maintain the integrity of your
garage door and not to comprise
your safety. Always remember your bottom rollers are usually held in place by the bottom bracket or fixture.
Your garage door bottom bracket typically has all the spring tension attached to it via the door
lifting cables. The bottom bracket should never be removed when spring tension
is live on the door. If you are not knowledgeable about this process you should contact a
professional door company to complete the repairs for you.
Star Door Parts has one of the largest inventory supplies of hard to
find and no longer manufactured parts for Stanley garage door openers.
If we don't have what you need we can get it for you if its available.
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