Error404 Reader
7/10/20 8:04 a.m.

​​​​​​As the title says, what is there to know about garage doors? Specifically new ones. 

For backstory, my current garage door situation went off the rails this morning. Well, only off 1 rail if you want to get technical. It's a solid door, not the bendy type, with the 2 vertical man-killer springs on either side of the 16' opening. I currently have power removed from the opener, so no accidents, and a stack of tires under it to catch it. A pro/tech will be out around lunch to get it down and release the energy from the springs but everyone is booked 2 weeks out on installs. That gives me the luxury of time to find what I want. What do I need to know before I start shopping?


The broadcast spreader (mini) and trash can combo keeping the low side balanced. 

Some may disagree, but I'd pay the man.

slefain PowerDork
7/10/20 9:35 a.m.

I had one of those doors. Did the wheel at the top of the door break off? When mine was open there was no tension on the side springs. I'd see about repairing it. I insulated mine on the inside and during winter I clamped it shut, which was far tighter than any segmented rollup door I've ever seen.

I ended up bricking the garage door shut and and making a rec room, so no advice on replacing it.

Error404 Reader
7/10/20 10:29 a.m.

The (dry-rotted) rubber wheelie-bob on the pictured side came off of the metal roller so it fell off the track. The other side is still one, precariously, and the center support is still holding. It needed to be adjusted when we moved in, since it didn't close all the way, but this happened before we got someone out for that. I'll ask about getting it repaired, might well be quicker and cheaper than a new door.

Stampie MegaDork
8/14/21 7:17 p.m.

That looks like a pretty grassroots repair as is.  Just saying.

dxman92 Dork
8/14/21 8:25 p.m.

Paying the man gets my vote.

frenchyd UltimaDork
8/15/21 9:01 a.m.

I've always done stuff like that myself.  But if you don't feel like you can, pay the man.  
    As for what to replace it with,  don't listen to me. I like expensive long lasting stuff.  You may prefer cheap, er affordable.  Budget friendly. 

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Purple Frog (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
8/15/21 10:32 a.m.

If the door is still attractive on the curb side, I'd repair it.  It appears to be an easy repair.  In the up position the springs are under the least tension, thus the least dangerous.

Of course I would repair it myself, but in no way would I tell another to repair it.  You need the tools and knowledge not to be injured or worse.

Since you didn't jump on the repair when you moved in, and you are questioning it now, I'll go with the hive consensous and say call the repairman.


914Driver MegaDork
8/15/21 11:14 a.m.

If one wheely-bob is shot and another looks sketchy, buy 6 or 8 replacements.  Remove the springs, get it back on track and reconnect the springs. 

Wear gloves, safety glasses and a mouth guard.

neverdone New Reader
8/15/21 11:30 a.m.

Pay the man....

paddygarcia Reader
9/16/21 5:15 a.m.

How about canoe doors? 

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