What’s your stance on DIY?
If you are like most of us, you probably feel you know your way around most repair jobs. You may even have a fully-kitted workshop, packed with all the tools you may need. The UK has been described as a nation in love with two things: tea and DIY. Some blame the large number of DIY shows on TV that make DIY and repairs seem so ‘easy’ Others blame the culture on DIY stores like Homebase and B&Q. The truth is DIY isn’t easy; plus certain jobs that people attempt are best left to qualified personnel.
Now, now, this isn’t another case of “elf and safety gone mad”, but the number of people that end up in A&E speaks for itself. Statistics show that DIY accidents form a large percentage of visits to A&E, up to 220,000 visits annually, with around 70 resulting in death. A trip to the hospital is always accompanied by an extra £ 2,000 bill to repair the bungled DIY repair. The most common DIY injuries are cuts and scrapes, falls from height, over exertion, getting grit, dirt, splinters and dust in the eyes.
Why Roller Shutter DIY is a no-no
This post comes from an attempt by a friend to fix a roller shutter that seemed firmly stuck. He thought because he could replace a light bulb, he could take down a shutter by himself. He forgot that installation is a three man job and that these shutters weigh around 4.0kg/m. In his case, I talked some sense into him and helped him avoid the 3 common accidents encountered while fiddling with a roller shutter:
- Deep cuts by sharp metal edges when you poke your finger around the wrong edges.
- Falling off a stepladder can lead to broken bones or even a concussion. Just because it looks easy on TV, doesn’t mean you should shimmy up and down the ladder. 50 of the 70 DIY deaths reported are caused by accidents involving ladders and stepladders.
- Electrocution is also a strong possibility when fiddling around these doors. The temptation to fix electrical stuff is huge, after all, you can always look it up on YouTube, right? But it’s in your best interest to avoid doing it.
With all these do’s and dont’s, how are you supposed to maintain your roller shutters, so they don’t get stuck? The versatile roller shutter has a number of things going for it: it’s a great insulator, it’s easily customizable and it’s generally low maintenance. Barring natural disasters or vandalism, a well installed shutter will last at least 2 years.
If you get a quality roller shutter installed, you may not have any problems for up to 5 years in some cases. But measuring life span in years is erroneous; the life span of a functioning door is measured in cycles. A cycle is one full opening and closing of the door.
A note to new customers: make sure you inquire about the warranty and the callout process.
For those that already have them installed, a rough guide to estimating your usage is to figure out how many times a day you to open it. If it’s between 1 and 12 times, you’ll be fine for a minimum of a year.
But if the shutters are installed where they have to go up and down over 40 times i.e. they have 40 cycles in a day; we highly recommend a quarterly check.
If you have any problem with the shutter i.e. it becomes jammed, stuck in one position, as long as there is nobody in immediate danger, please don’t DIY; call the professionals.
Get your roller shutters from Lancashire’s premier dealer, SRL Limited. We also offer an extended warranty period and impressive callout times. We don’t want you to be an A&E statistic; please use the professionals. It’s for your own good.