That would be the way to start. Just use an old rag and some of that.
Takes about 5 mins. If that doesnt work, take a look at the roller assembly
and see if it looks easy to get at with the door closed without dismounting
anything. If so, it's real easy to do with some models. Did ours when we
got back after the place had been rented for 7 years. Took me 10 mins with
*our* model and I didnt need any help.
If it isnt an easy assembly and the grease doesnt work, call either the
rental agency or owner (depends on which you have) and tell them about it.
It could mean the door is getting out of alignment and thats lots easier and
cheaper to fix at the start than after a long time.
If you take it on yourself and it's not an easy assembly sort and you damage
the door, they can charge you for repairs under most contracts, so it's best
to call first if doing more than greasing it. There is also a very good
chance they will refund you the cost of any materials if they know in
advance (even that tube of grease).
My tenants would call the rental agent, let him know of small items like
that, then when the rent came up, they would include the recipt and deduct
the total (including tax) from the rent. Anything normal was expected and
part of our contract that we'd cover such with advance notice to the rental
agent. Even if it hadnt been spelled out in the contract, we'd have been
good for it.
Paid 2 times for screen material for the fully screened porch which is
reasonable. Paid once to have it scraped and painted by a handyman
(reasonable, it's all wood and that came with screen material too so I think
they had the handyman do it).
The only thing I turned down, was to have a new screen door put in when they
broke the catch 1 month after moving in. The screen door had been freshly
installed just before they got there. I did pay to have a handyman replace
the catch though as it is slightly tricky and I wanted it to be done right.
Check your contract? Each is a little different. For example, we spelled
out that the only covered appliances were the HVAC and hot water heater.
All else was theirs to use for free but if they broke, replacement/repair
wasnt covered. This is common in *my* area. Appliances were: new
refridgerator (4 months old), dishwasher, disposal, gas oven, washing
machine and dryer, large extra chest freezer, 2 lawnmowers, a vacumn
cleaner, 2 weed wackers, and a few electric tools. If they broke and had to
be replaced, they got to keep the replacement. Most of it was still here
and in working order when we got back.
And the pulleys at the ends of the springs and above the doors are in
In my own instance, I had to replace those as well. In fact, I
believe that the only parts I reused were the door panels, hinges,
tracks, and springs. Everything else had to be replaced (the cables
were pretty fubared as well.) Of course the door had been sorely
neglected by the POs but stuff like that is how you get a house for
If you have to go that far, however, I'd definitely save receipts and
see if you can get some reimbursement from your landlord.
On Dec 8, 11:44 am, "Steve Barker DLT"
The least expensive option is to have the landlord/lady take care of
that. Lube may not improve the metal to metal friction, not for long
anyway, and if that garage door is getting out of whack it can become
on 12/8/2008 7:58 PM email@example.com said the following:
The Vaseline Petroleum Jelly I put on my unheated attached garage's door
tracks and bearings has been there for years. Temps around here can be
below freezing in the winter and into the 90s (F) in the summer. It is
in the same state of viscosity as when first applied.
First tighten up all the bolts and carefully inspect all parts. Make
track adjustments so that the wheels don't bind. You didn't say if
you have a garage door opener or not, but some need a special grease.
You can use a little heavy grease on wheels and track, but that is a
bandage approach if wheels are not riding smoothly.
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