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Why The Squeaky Wheel SHOULD Get the Grease: A Garage Door Story (Giveaway)

11:17 PM

I'm pretty bad about some kinds of maintenance. I've gotten some things down, like changing the filters on our air purifiers, and dumping the dust collection bin on my vacuum.  Things that happen outside of my living areas, however, often escape my attention.

One of those things is the garage door, and I know I'm not the only one who is guilty of forgetting it needs maintenance, too!  In fact, so many people wait until it gets "squeaky" before doing anything about it. Since it needs lubrication in order to move freely, it would be nice to get it taken care of BEFORE it starts making noise.

That's why I thought the new program from the International Door Association (IDA) – a worldwide trade association of door and access systems professionals – was a clever idea.  It invites consumers to register for twice-a-year emails from its consumer website, GarageDoorCare.com. These aren't complicated messages, they just tell you that it's time to lubricate the door.  And the process of doing so isn't that difficult.


The garage door may be the most neglected appliance in the home. (According to a 2014 survey on garage door maintenance conducted by the Harris Poll, 27 percent of homeowners said that their garage door’s hinges and rollers had never been lubricated!)

This simple maintenance task can be done by even the most novice of home owners.  Just visit GarageDoorCare.com to get more details on lubrication and other basic steps homeowners can take to keep their garage door in top condition.

Wanna Win?  We are giving one lucky reader a $25 VISA gift card.  To be entered to win, just tell us the last time you had your garage door lubricated (be honest.)  No garage door? That's OK. You can still enter! You have until April 28th at 11:59 pm EST to get your entries in. Open to U.S. residents 18+ only.

*Prize and gift provided to share this information. Opinions are my own.


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98 comments

  1. i have not oiled my garage door in years.

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  2. LOL I think I have done it.But I will now.

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  3. I don't think we have ever done that.

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  4. I think the last time was never.

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  5. I've never done it BUT my Dad, who is the handy one in the family, does it when it needs it!

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  6. I don't think we've ever lubricated our garage door.

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  7. I do not have a garage door anymore.
    When we did we never lubricated it.
    thank you

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  8. It has been over a year since we lubricated it.

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  9. Um, never. I had no idea you were supposed to do this!

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  10. We don't even have a garage!

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  11. I do not have a garage, we have a carport.

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  12. It has been so long I can't even remember thanks for the reminder it needs to be done.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  13. It's a few months old, so I haven't yet :)

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  14. I lubricated my garage door a couple years ago.

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  15. We haven't lubricated the garage door yet, thanks for the great info!

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  16. We lubricated our's last fall.

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  17. Umm, never? LOL! Maybe my husband does, but I surely have never done it.

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  18. I have never lubricated my garage door, but I definitely need to!

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  19. I don't have a garage door but ONCE I do, I thnik these tips will be helpful!

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  20. I have a garage door but I haven't lubricated it ever, and it's been 6 years, oops...

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  21. I don't have a garage, but this is an awesome tip!

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  22. I don't think we've ever done it!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  23. I don't think I've ever done it O.o

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  24. We have a carport....hopefully a garage someday!

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  25. When I had one, NEVER! Didn't even THINK about that! Uh, homeownership is full of little things to take care of!

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  26. I let my husband lubricate the garage door which is usually twice a year spring and fall. rene chartier (joan)

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  27. I never have done this and it probably explains some of the issues we've had.

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  28. I don't have a garage door, but I do have a squeaky front door that I oil when it gets unbearably noisy about once a year.

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  29. Last summer, it needs it again. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. I don't even know when the last time was...no joke.

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  31. We just bought a house with 2 garage doors, they both need lubricated!

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. 2 weeks ago. the wind here gets sands everywhere so we have to lubricate the doors all the time

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  33. Had to do the front door. no Garage.

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  34. I have never lubricated our garage door
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    Ashley C

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  35. The last time was never....lol
    dor.turner@yahoo.com

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  36. We have never oiled our garage door.

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  37. Oh man, I honestly have no idea! Maybe a few months.

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  38. I have never oiled the garage door.

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  39. I don't think we've ever lubricated our garage door.

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  40. Ugh....good reminder. I have never lubricated the garage door.

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  41. I don't think I've ever lubricated my garage door but my hubby might have done so.

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  42. We moved into this house in Oct. so not since then.

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  43. I didn't even know you should so... never lol

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  44. I have never lubricated my garage door.

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  45. We had it lubricated 3 years ago when it stop working.

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  46. It was having a problem so a guy came out and worked on it and lubricated it last year.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  47. I have not ever lubricated our garage door.

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  48. We''ve lived in our home 6 years & have never had it serviced.

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  49. Ummmmm I didn't even know that was a thing! I've never done it!

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  50. Ah, so that's why my garage door gets "sticky"? Never thought of oiling it... better tell the hubs..!

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  51. We don't have one :( Hopefully soon!

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  52. I don't have a garage door but I use it on all my doors at the house and on my car

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  53. I have never lubed a garage door. Just house doors.

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  54. I never have oiled my garage door.

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  55. We only have a carport. However, we had to lube all of the hinges on the doors in the house when we moved in - every one of them squeaked.

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  56. That is a hubby job...and likely means a year or two. :)

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  57. never. but I do use it on my bedroom door and screen door

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  58. We don't have a garage but when we buy a home I will remember this! courtafi2138 at gmail dot com.

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  59. I have never done that...I feel bad now.

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  60. I don't have a garage door, and I can't remember the last time my parents did theirs.

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  61. We just moved into our house a year ago.. but I've never lubricated the garage door. Probably about time, although we don't use it. The garage is detached and too small for any modern car, it's all storage!

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  63. I don't have a garage door.

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  64. I lubricated the garage door in the fall.

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  65. I don't think we ever have...I didn't know we should until now.

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  66. Well, I don't know that my husband has ever done that!

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  67. I have never done it.

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  68. Ours has never been lubricated in its 20 years of life. :(

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  69. Im sure my husband has greased it before
    \sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  70. I don't have a garage door. I have a squeaky desk chair that needs to be done. Thank you for the chance :)

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  71. I have never done it.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  72. As of right now, I do not have a garage door. It's good to know how to take care of it if I should ever have a garage in the future though! :)

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  73. I have never lubricated my garage door I didn't realize I had to. Now I know, but I will have my Dad come over and do it.

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  74. It has been between a year or two that I have lubricated the door.

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  75. We d have a garage door

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