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Botched Garage Door Opener Installation

The reasons why you should hire a professional garage door installer and this recent repair we did is a great example of why. 

Our customer’s friend helped them install a new garage door opener.  They figured they could save a few bucks DIY-ing the installation and the friend assured them he knew what he was doing. You can see where this is going… 

Our customer’s Wayne Dalton Garage Door suffered a crack on the upper panel because of the botched installation. 

The Problem?

When the friend installed the opener, he didn’t add a strut to reinforce the upper panel. This resulted in a crack on the upper panel when the garage door began operating.


You can see in the photo above where the crack formed. 

Above is a close up of the crack. Cracked panels are a big deal and can compromise the safe operation of your garage door. 

Once we took the garage door down, we were able to see the extent of the crack. The picture above shows the crack close-up. 

So what’s the fix?

Thankfully, this Wayne Dalton garage door wasn’t a discontinued model and we were able to order a new upper panel. Once it arrived, we removed the cracked panel. We also, of course, added a strut this time. The strut will reinforce the upper panel and prevent cracks from happening in the future.

We also adjusted the tracks while we were there and performed a quick visual inspection to make sure the springs, cables, and other garage door parts were working properly.

Above you can see the brand new strut we installed.

And above, the new panel is installed, with no cracks to be found!

 

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Garage Door Cable Thickness

As you can see below, garage door cables come in all different sizes. There is of course a logical reason for this. Every garage door is a different size and weight, and needs a cable that suits the particular garage door.

Unfortunately, many repair jobs that we do are caused by garage door cables that snap, or cables that break.

How to garage door cables work?

Cables help to reduce the tension garage extension and torsion springs. A properly sized cable will help to extend the life of your springs. Cables also help your door open and close more smoothly.

A common garage door problem and repair call is a broken spring. When a spring breaks, your cable plays a vital roll in making sure your garage door doesn’t fall down once the spring breaks.

Types of Garage Door Cables

  1. Torsion spring cables.
  2. Safety cables.
  3. Extension spring cables.

How thick should your garage door cable be?

Thicker isn’t always better when it comes to garage door cables. Thinner cables can wear down more quickly, and therefore break or snap faster than a thicker cable. But it really is all about finding the right balance with the size and weight of your door. Thicker cables can obviously support more weight and tension, so the heavier and bigger your garage door is, the thicker your cable will be.

In the picture above of the two cables, you see the spot where cables most often will snap. The new cable is the one on the left and you can see it’s thicker. But again, thicker doesn’t equal better. It’s best to have a professional garage door tech inspect your door and determine what thickness fits your specific door.

It is possible that a cable can be too thick. In this case, your door will be harder to open since it won’t glide over your pulley and drums easily.

The goal is to find a cable thickness that works in sync with the size of your garage door springs, and the weight of your door. When sizing the cable, remember that the gauge of your cable is the thickness, so a higher gauge is a thicker cable.

Amarr Oak Summit 1000 Walnut Garage Door

Nic and Malinda recently purchased their first home together. As part of a long list of projects they wanted to tackle, they took to upgrading the outside of their home. This included minor jobs like new paint, minor repairs, and of course, a brand new garage door.

The garage door that came with the house was in OK condition but lacked character and just wasn’t their style. And with such a bold exterior paint color and style to their home, they needed a garage door that could stand up to the rest of the house.

They called Perfect Solutions to help them land on a garage door that would meet their needs!

After looking at many garage door options on the market, and figuring out what style of door they loved most, Nic and Malinda went with a gorgeous Walnut finish door. They chose the Oak Summit 1000 model by Amarr. The door they chose include a recessed design, Thames windows, with a walnut finish.

Part of the garage door update also included a new garage door opener as well. They chose a LiftMaster Screw Drive 1/2HP opener, which is quiet and a perfect compliment to their beautiful door.

Amarr Oak Summit 1000 Garage Door Features

Amarr’s Oak Summit doors are also insulated, a great feature when in the market for any new garage door. Not only does this help in temperature regulation, but coupled with Nic and Malinda’s new LiftMaster opener, makes for a much quieter door as well!

The Amarr Oak Summit door is a great choice for the budget conscious garage door shopper! They are known to be one of the most affordable carriage house garage doors on the market. This model is a metal carriage house garage door. Metal is a great alternative to it’s more expensive counterpart material, wood. Metal is also low-maintenance compared to wood.

This Amarr door is not only affordable, it comes with over 70 design options, so style, options, and affordability can all be achieved!

Hardware Update!

A few weeks later, we headed back out to this home to install the hardware they ordered to accompany their new look! We think it looked great without, but it looks amazing with these accents!

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