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Standard Garage Door Installation Tips

liftmasterGarage doors are heavy, large and complicated. These doors are effective in ensuring the safety of your vehicle and the convenience of opening and closing them without straining yourself too much. Most companies that sell these doors offer after sale services where they deliver the door, remove your old one and install the new garage door. This is done according to your agreement with the company. There are those companies that will install your new door for free while there are those that will demand an extra charge for these services. If you choose to install the door yourself, this article will offer you garage door installation tips to assist you in the process.
1. Attach the weather stripping to the bottom edge, and set the doorway. Fix the door in by driving in nails in such a way that they hold the door in place. You should then attach the hinges to the top edge of your door.

2. Assemble the tracks. There are horizontal, vertical and curved tracks to allow your door to move easily. Install them properly and avoid any bending that could inhibit the door from running properly on the tracks.

3. After the tracks are properly installed, the rollers should follow. Ensure that you have put the necessary brackets in place to give the rollers a stop. You should then proceed to slip the vertical track on one side and do the same on the other side.

4. Get the second section of the door and install the rollers. Lift the door and set it in place. You might need help here as it gets heavy and at the same time you will need to ensure that it is leveled.

5. You should then proceed to fasten hinges between the first section and the second section. A power drill and a screw driver will come handy here.

6. By now you will have caught the drill. Get the third section, and using the same procedure, install it. Ensure that all the sections are level, including the tracks. Top plates of both vertical plates should be firmly screwed in the frame for support as the door exerts a lot of pressure as it moves up and down.

7. The jamb brackets should be fastened to the frame. Ensure that the screws dig deep to offer much needed support but at this moment do not tighten them as you might need to adjust the tracks.

8. Do some measurements to ensure you got it to the right height and then install the curved tracks which should then be followed by the horizontal tracks. Install the hanger on the ceiling above the horizontal track. Do more measurements to see how far your door goes then cut the excess track. Do the same on the other side.

9. Your garage door is installed and you should now open it and close it a few times to ensure it is running properly. If satisfied, you should then tighten all the fasteners to hold it firmly in place.

You can install your door on your own as it is not that hard of a task. The door also comes with a manual and if you use it properly with these garage door installation tips, you can’t go wrong. Or if you want to be extra safe, call professionals. They will charge you extra for their services but it is worth it, as they will guarantee you quality. Click here for more information.

Welcome to Metal Mang Construction!

Quality has always been an important element when choosing a service provider for bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, or commercial remodeling services. This is true irrespective of your budget or the size of your property.

While it might be tempting to go for the cheapest quote, it is important to understand that the quality of work services provided will last much longer than the effect of the price on your finances. By investing in high-quality services at the onset, you are assured your property is well taken care of from start to finish.

In the Houston, TX area, both residential and commercial property owners agree the best construction company to approach when you want comprehensive services, friendly customer service, and great value, is Metal Mang Construction. For many years we have been the go-to company when it comes to exceptional remodeling services that are built on experience, quality, and durability. We lead the industry when it comes to exceptional value at affordable prices.

At Metal Mang Construction, we believe in providing uncompromising quality at all times. We employ only highly-trained and dedicated service staff and technicians who strive to uphold the highest levels of workmanship at all times.

Our staff offers courteous and friendly service to provide you with the best experience possible when you use Metal Mang Construction. for your general construction and remodeling projects. When you consider our track record, the value of our services, and our pricing, no other contractor in the Houston, TX region can match our service. “We believe quality is a habit not just an act!”

Get in on the best savings in the construction and remodeling industry and enjoy peace of mind knowing your property is receiving top-notch service from a reliable and reputable contractor. Give Metal Mang Construction a ring today or go to our contact page!

Recovering for Unforeseen Site Conditions on Your Construction Project

construction projectSeveral of my clients lately have run into issues with differing site conditions.  How you as a contractor or owner deal with these issues depends largely on the language in your contract. There are several things you must consider when evaluating a potential changed site condition on your project:

1. What is a changed site condition?

Determining what actually is a changed site condition depends largely on what information was provided by the owner to the contractor at the time the project was negotiated or bid. If the initial information provided by the owner included geotechnical investigations or other site investigations, you need to review those to determine what initial information was provided to the contractor. You then can compare that information to what is actually encountered at the site.

For example, if a geotechnical report indicates loose, sandy soil throughout the construction depth and the contractor encounters a large boulder three (3) feet below the surface, this is obviously a changed condition.

However, it is more difficult to determine if a changed condition includes a difference in “loose, sandy soil” and “sandy soil with gravel.” In those situations, one of the main factors which determine whether this was a changed condition is whether that change significantly affected the construction procedures or means and methods of construction. For example, if the foundation system had to be changed from a spread footing to a deep foundation because of the change in soil conditions, this could be viewed as a changed site condition.

2. What does your contract say about changed site conditions?

Construction contracts contain widely varying allocations of risk for subsurface site conditions. This largely depends on the type of project delivery method used by the owner and contractor (i.e., design–bid–build, design-build, fast track, or other project delivery system). Before construction starts, you need to understand what risk allocation is being allocated to you in order to properly prepare.

A recent decision in federal court denied recovery to a contractor on a federal project in Hawaii. See Metcalf Construction Co., Inc. v. United States, 102 Fed. CL 334 (2011). In Metcalf, the contractor had a contract to construct 188 housing units.  It was a design-build contract. The geotechnical report provided by the government indicated that the surface soils had a “slight expansion potential.” As it turns out, the soils on the site were highly expandable and different foundation systems were required to properly construct the housing units.

Metcalf made a claim to the government for these additional costs which were over $4 million.  The government denied the request and Metcalf appealed to the federal claims court. The claims court ultimately held that Metcalf had no right to the additional cost because the soils report was for informational purposes only and the contractor had an obligation to perform its own geotechnical investigation after the project was awarded.

There are important lessons owners and contractors can learn from this case. The primary lesson is to ensure you know exactly what subsurface information is being provided prior to construction.  In Metcalf, the contractor essentially relied solely on the government’s information in preparing its bid. The government’s position was that those reports were not binding. The contractor likely could have performed some additional minimal investigations on the project to determine the actual soil conditions before submitting its bid and signing the contract. Thus, the lesson is before a contractor commits to a project, be sure you know exactly what information is being provided to you and determine whether you need to perform any additional investigation before giving your final price.

Another issue that many contractors overlook is the absolute essential element of providing timely notice of unforeseen subsurface conditions. Standard AIA documents allow twenty-one (21) days to report differing site conditions.  Many construction contracts require immediate notice of any differing conditions.  The purpose of these notice provisions is to allow the parties to come together to reach a joint decision regarding how to proceed. If a contractor does not provide that notice, there is no opportunity for the owner to decide what direction to take.

Unforeseen site conditions can cause major problems on your construction site. However, if you take the proper steps to mitigate your risks beforehand and promptly give notice of any conditions you can avoid, many of the costs and expenses associated with the necessary changes to deal with those subsurface conditions.

Try Not to Be a Jerk on Your Construction Site: Lessons from an Attorney’s Practice

working on a construction siteOne of my early mentors as a lawyer gave me some advice about dealing with adverse parties and clients.  His advice was…“Always be yourself, unless you’re a jerk, then try to be someone else.”  If you find yourself either being a jerk or encountering a jerk, I find it is helpful to take a step back, come up with a reasonable plan forward, and execute it for your client’s best interest.

A big part of my practice is construction and environmental litigation.  In one case I have pending, after several months of working with multiple counsel for Plaintiffs, it became clear that we would not be able to come to an agreement on several issues.  So, we filed motions with the Court requesting the Court to order Plaintiffs to do certain things in the lawsuit.  Instead of reaching out to us and attempting to amicably resolve the dispute, one of the counsel for plaintiffs sent an email attempting to make me look “silly” for even filing the motion. Plaintiffs also filed an opposition to my motion with the court which essentially made the same disparaging remarks.

I know that many of my contractor clients face similar issues on their job sites.  No matter how well intentioned you are in trying to resolve a dispute and keep a project moving forward, there will always be people who want to act as a roadblock to progress and raise unwarranted issues.

We see this all the time with change order processes.  Sometimes when a contractor proposes a change order others on involved in the project cause issues with getting that change order resolved simply because of their personality.  The key to dealing with situations like that is to keep processing your normal procedures in compliance with your contract terms.  Make sure you continue sending the notices as required by your contract and as is reasonable on your project. You can also escalate the issue to someone with higher authority if it is appropriate.

Try not to get heavily involved in a “spitting match” with a party that cannot be reasoned with.  You have to accept that they will not be satisfied with anything, so all you can do is do the right thing by your client and your procedures.