alyse heskett. Garage. October 15th , 2017.
When someone steps into your garage what impression do they get - an organised and methodical person or a chaotic ’clutterhugger’? Well there are those beyond redemption of course but for most of us we have to admit that the garage is not exactly how we would like it. In fairness that probably doesn’t mean we are psychologically unhinged it just means that we haven’t got round to it and even when we do, where do we start and how?
Furthermore there are some signs to look out for, when judging a car garage. The first thing you will notice when you walk into a workshop is how clean and tidy it is, are the comfortable areas looking comfortable? Is there an MOT viewing area? This would show the garage has nothing to hide when it comes to servicing your car and any respectable and reputable company takes customer service into great consideration.
Should you find your local car garage is exactly what you were looking for, be sure to recommend them to someone else or leave a comment on their website to help others like you searching for the right garage. In experience smaller local garages will be far better than bigger companies. Look out for offers from local garages as it gives an opportunity to try them out at a discounted price. Some garages this time of year will offer a free winter safety check on your car, which is a great offer that is not to be ignored.
In the past, the biggest concern with operating an overhead garage door was the potential risks associated with the springs used for balancing the door weight. Pre mid 1960’s garage door installations typically relied upon a pair of stretched (tensioned) springs to assist the operation of the garage door pivoting hinges. These springs became loaded (tensioned) as the door was moved into the closed position. Unloading (releasing) of the stored spring energy occurred as the door was opened to the horizontal overhead position. One of the most dangerous aspects of these spring systems was that after a period of time, often without any maintenance or inspection, the points of attachment of these springs would rust or become weak. This weakening of the springs or points of attachment would often lead to an inadvertent explosive failure flinging the broken spring components across the garage, embedding the spring or steel components into the garage walls, cars or other items in the path of travel. Unfortunately, sometimes people were in the path of travel of these explosive occurrences. As these springs failed, as an attempted safeguard, some manufacturers devised a "caging" system for the springs. These cages were retrofitted onto the stretched springs in an attempt to capture the parts that would release if a failure occurred. While these caging devices were helpful, they were not completely effective. Some of these spring devices are still in use today. Whenever this condition exists or the quality of garage components are questionable, a qualified professional service technician should be consulted.