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Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.


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Why You Should Let a Professional Fix Your Broken Garage Door Cables

by Regina Barnett

Like many other homeowners with garages, you might know little about your garage door cables. This is quite understandable if you have never run into problems with these rather inconspicuous cables. 

Working in tandem with the spring system of your garage door, garage door cables are primarily used to counteract the weight of the door during operation. The secondary use of the cables is to serve as a fail-safe for garage doors with an extension spring system. Extension springs used on overhead-type garage doors are usually subjected to a great amount of tension, and if they snap, they could seriously injure someone. Having safety cables help cushion against this.

Although the cables on your garage door are robust, they can weaken and break due to the wear and tear from normal garage door operation. When this happens, you will require garage door cable repair. While you may be tempted to perform the repair work yourself, it's always best to leave the job to professionals. Here's why.

The job can be more intricate than it seems

If repairing broken garage door cables sounds like an easy job to you, think again. The job is actually much more complicated than it may seem. While you may easily loosen the setscrews on the drums on which the cables wrap and replace snapped cables, you will have a difficult time trying to reset your spring tension after the re-installation. 

The job can be much more dangerous than you think

Garage doors are large and heavy components that can cause serious injury if things go wrong during repair service. Hence, trying to repair snapped garage door cables yourself is a dangerous move, especially if you're not well-versed with safety practices for garage door cable repair. Many DIYers get injured from trying to repair broken garage door cables by themselves, so it's best to let a professional carry out a safe and reliable repair job for you.

A DIY repair job can be more expensive than expected

If your DIY garage door cable repair job does not go well, you may end up paying hospital bills and repair bills for damaged property. You may also need to pay a professional to perform the job you couldn't do properly. The final costs of your DIY job may turn out to be more expensive than if you had hired a professional the first time. 

There are many garage door repair specialists in the market, but it's best to choose one that is located near you. This way, you will have someone reliable and efficient to turn to if you face similar or other problems with your garage door.