Our latest project included saving a beautiful classic car from destruction! Ok, so it was really about fixing an off track garage door that a beautiful classic car happened to be parked in, but we like to think of ourselves as heroes!
Mike and Suzy called and said their main garage door went off it’s tracks and some rollers and cables had fallen off the door.
When we arrived we found even more problems. The opener needed adjusting, the size of the springs were wrong and the cables were bad.
The challenge was completing these repairs and getting the door back on track without disturbing their amazing car! The garage wasn’t huge, so working around the car was tricky.
Steps for Repair
The first thing we did was level the door. We then put the rollers back in the hinges. Once that was done, we were able to remove the tension from the old springs.
With those tasks checked off, we replaced the cables with heavier gauge cables that are the right thickness for this door. Then we installed 2 properly fitted springs, that will carry the weight of the door correctly and support the opener.
The door also had a cracked upper panel. Since this door had been discontinued and we couldn’t order a replacement panel, we installed a 16′ strut for reinforcement, as well as a center style mount to mount the opener “J” arm.
The last fix was adjusting the opener. We noticed during the initial inspection that the opener installer had adjusted the force to the maximum. This isn’t good since it opens and closes too forcefully and can cause the door to come crashing down. This was a good reminder to get a professional to set your force properly. The setting will depend on the weight of your door as well as the type of door you have.
And now, Mike and Suzy are ready to rock and roll!