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Hi. right now my garage door is stuck in the down postion and i cannot get it to go into manual mode so i can get my car out. The cable on the left side cable drum has snapped but the right side is still cable and cable drum is still intact. I have tired to pull the string to switch it to manual mode but that does not work. after looking at the garage i noticed that the one pulley which still has the cable connected to the bottom of the garage is super tight and that is stopping me from being able to lift the door up. Any help with this would be amazing as i can not get my car out.
thanks in advance
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Not sure what you mean by "pull the string", I expect you are refering to a pull pin that disconnects the arm from the door to the opener chain. It may be that the pressure of the door (one side unsupported) has it wedged too tightly to release. You may have to try to reduce the weight on the arm in order to disengage the opener (i.e. pull the string or disconnect the arm from the door).
And be careful - I had forgotten just how heavy old doors can be when I had to disconnect my double door from its opener a few years ago! Wowsers.
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vikwani had written this in response to http://www.thestuccocompany.com/maintenance/Re-garage-door-stuck-281950-.htm : Thanks for the reply mamba. right now i have disengaged the arm which goes from the opener to the actual door. and still cannot lift the door. i think the door has shifted a bit to the side when the cable broke. other than pure strength do you recommend anything else for lifting the door. Is the cable that is still connected to the one pulley on the right hand side have anything to do with not beening able to lift the door up.
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vikwani wrote:

Attached cable? No. It actually helps. However it may be pulling up one side and jamming the other because the door is crooked.
Put a lever under the detached side and see if you can get the door to budge.
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The attached cable is exactly what is cocking the door in the channels. If it's a wooden door it's also going to be extremely heavy to lift manually. This is NOT a one man, especially inexperienced, job. Get a repairman in before you hurt yourself or do irrepairable damage to the tracks/door. "Prying" is a great way to start that damage.

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On 16 Jan 2008 23:20:17 GMT, vik_saini_at_hotmail_dot snipped-for-privacy@foo.com (vikwani) wrote:

This exact same thing happened to me. I tried to get the 2 car door opened, but it became jammed because of the lack of tension on one side. I ended up calling a door company, and the guy had it opened, fixed, and tuned up in 1.5 hrs, went over everything and checked all bolts, lag screws, garage door opener, left a can of lube, adjusted the springs, new cables on both sides, and was under $200.
Sorry, I don't know how he got the door unjammed. samurai.
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vikwani had written this in response to http://www.thestuccocompany.com/maintenance/Re-garage-door-stuck-281952-.htm :
Hey samurai thanks for the reply. now would i be able the re coil the pulley that was broken in the down postion or does this have to be done in the up postion. i have called a repair guy but i live in a small city and but unable to come out for 3 days and i need to get my car out. any hellp would be greatly appericated. i am pretty much willing to do anything to get the car out as i need it for everyday life ------------------------------------- samurai wrote:

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On 17 Jan 2008 00:03:09 GMT, vik_saini_at_hotmail_dot snipped-for-privacy@foo.com (vikwani) wrote:

Rent or borrow a car? Walk, taxi, bus?
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Either way you slice it, you will need to deal with your torsion springs. You will need to secure them and replace your cable or you may have a busted torsion spring. Check out the videos on my site at to understand the torsion system: http://all-servicegaragedoors.com/Dangers.shtml
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vikwani had written this in response to http://www.thestuccocompany.com/maintenance/garage-door-stuck-281947-.htm : Thanks for the quick reply. I have disengaged the arm which connects to the door. so if the door was wedged any recommendations on gettin it loose because i have tried. ------------------------------------- vikwani wrote:

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vikwani had written this in response to http://www.thestuccocompany.com/maintenance/garage-door-stuck-281947-.htm : Thanks for the quick reply. I have disengaged the arm which connects to the door. so if the door was wedged any recommendations on gettin it loose because i have tried. ------------------------------------- vikwani wrote:

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You've not told anyone how wide this door is or what it is made of.
The cable that is tight is trying to help you raise the door. The door probably weighs much more than you think. A normal double wide door will weigh somewhere around 250 lbs. One spring is not helping, so you are lifting about 125 lbs. from a very awkward angle if you have the operator disconnected. If you did start to get the door up, you need to be prepared to block it or pin it or it will come back down to get you.
Hire a door company if you know nothing about them.
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If you have or can borrow an automobile scissor jack.use that and a piece of 2x4 to support the side that is low. Then keep raising the door so you can get the car out. Then reverse directions an slowly lower the door so it can be fixed.
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I suggest you give the pro a call, you are going to need one anyway. Playing with those doors can be very dangerous if you don't know what you are doing.
It appears you have disconnected the door from the lift/suspension systems. IF (<- Big if) you have done it right you and a few helpers may be able to lift the door to the open position. If you have not done it right, or you try with too few helpers, you could end up calling for the emergency squad.

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wrote:

Whats the door made of, mine is 600 lb, when my cable breaks the door stays put until a pro to fixes it. I dought you should even try to mess with it, just get on the phone now call a repairman
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Call a repairman; you don't have the capability or experience according to your wording to handle this job.
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