If you have a garage, chances are that you will want to make repairs such as door replacement at some point in time. Most people find it easy to simply call a contractor to do this for them. However, the fact that it’s not that complicated means that if you are interested in saving money […]

If you have a garage, chances are that you will want to make repairs such as door replacement at some point in time. Most people find it easy to simply call a contractor to do this for them. However, the fact that it’s not that complicated means that if you are interested in saving money or are just good with your hands, you can also opt to replace the door on your own. However, there are a few important issues you would need to take note of when doing this, one of the most important of which is ensuring that you use fasteners such as nylon insert locknuts properly to make the project worth it.
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Why should you pay attention to how you use the fasteners?
Garage doors are typically heavy installations that need to move around a lot. For this reason, the parts of the doors that are responsible for bearing most of the weight of the door are usually the ones that determine how long the doors last. For instance, if you use substandard nylon insert locknuts for such an installation, some of the problems you are bound to face include a reduced lifespan of the door as well as an increased risk of accidents. This is normally ascribed to issues such as breakage of the fasteners as well as faster loosening.
Which factors determine how well the fasteners will function?
In order to avoid this, you will need to pay to two aspects associated with the use of the fasteners: the quality of the fastener and the way in which they are put in place. To ensure that the quality is not compromised, you will need to buy them from a fastener distributor who has a good reputation. It will also be important to follow the garage door manufacturer’s instructions in the selection of the fasteners. If you go through the manual, for instance, you are likely to find a lot of technical information regarding which types of fasteners should be used at the various points of installation.
When putting the fasteners in place, it is important to make sure that the points of contact between the fastener and the area in which it is being put are clean. It is also important to not force the fasteners unnecessarily, since this tends to strip the threads which will reduce the strength that the fastener has to offer.
Preparing for such a project
To ensure that the project is as smooth as possible, you will need to ensure that you have all the different types of fasteners you need before you start the installation. You will also need to make a point of getting the right fastening tools to be used for the installation. These days, you can rent some of these, so you don’t need to spend money on fasteners that you will only get to use once.
Once you go through all the steps above, you will have an easy time installing the garage door. You will have minimal complications with the project once done, which makes doing the above worth it.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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