TOM: Garage doors cause over 20 thousand injuries every year, but quick tune ups and a simple test can make sure yours is safe. Hi, I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute.
TOM: First, make sure the door’s tracks, springs and any other moving parts are well-lubricated with motor oil. Then confirm that those big, heavy door springs are lined with a safety wire to help them stay put in the event of breakage.
LESLIE: The door opener’s safety reverse system and the electric eye along the bottom must also be in top condition to protect your family from injury. If your opener lacks these two safety features, it’s time to upgrade.
TOM: It’s also smart to test your opener’s safety reverse system each month. Just lay a two by four across the bottom of the door opening. If the door doesn’t strike and reverse, repair is needed.
LESLIE: And for a secure seal against winter’s cold, either clean or replace that weather stripping that’s along the bottom edge of your garage door. I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And I’m Tom Kraeutler.
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