We just closed the door on our two car garage and it looks like one of
the cables that is attached to the maim coiled spring napped in the
process. I think the door closed too fast and and is now crooked in the
track. After disconnecting the electric opener, we still haven't been
able to open the door manually. Normally this wouldn't be a problem,
but the car is stuck inside, and needless to say we need it tomorrow.
We are planning on calling a professional to repair the spring, but is
there a way to get the door properly seated on the track again so it
can be opened to get the car out?
If your door is stuck because it is crooked, try getting it
uncrooked. Lift the lower part a little bit up with like a gorilla
bar. Another person would also simultaneously start lifting the door
up y the middle handle, with the first person helping on the side
without the spring. It may be hard. Do not apply excessive force with
the gorilla bar.
I think you may just have no clue about how heavy that door is
without the torsion spring(s) pulling on it. Crowbars, 4 x 4
timbers, and jacks all come to mind to move the door if it is an
insulated or wooden double wide door.
The cable drum on the unbroken side may have that cable in a knot
or be jambed. You will still need to unweight the door and lock
it in location to mess with the cable. If this is a torsion
spring door (I'm sure it must be) be very careful with the
spring - basically, do not touch the spring or any of the bolts
having to do with the spring unless you know how to work on them
and it does not sound as if you do.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
I have a thick wooden garage door. One of the springs broke. I was
able to get the door in the up position just by brute force.
Furthermore, I would close and open it for the night for a few days.
Now, if two springs were malfunctioning, and not one as it was the
case, it would be incredibly difficult.
With one cable on & the other off or broke you won't be able to get the
door to stay level again without fixing the cable or removing tension
on the spring (I don't recommend that you mess w/ the springs). Forcing
the door open may damage the track & the door could literally fall unto
you or the car which would not be a good thing. You should really leave
the door in whatever position it is in until it is repaired. It will be
faster & therefore cheaper for someone to fix.
Maybe you could straighten it out a bit with the help of some of the
neighbors/friends and get your car out...then it won't be an emergency and
you can find a good contractor to solve your problem.....best of luck
How about using a come-along to lift on the side of the door that
needs help? Lots safer than standing with toes, hernias, etc.,
ready to be clobbered. Maybe a come-along on each side so once
it's movable, you can continue to lift the door til the car can
get out. Then lower it the same way. If a spring is broken, you
shouldn't try to use the opener itself to lift the door.
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