I have a friend who discovered that her garage door was bent
deeply inward at the top. She reported it to the police, who
explained that burglars frequently will pry the door inward near
the top-center, then reach in and pull the disconnect rope. This
then permits the door to be raised. A variation of this is to
break out a glass window in the door for the same purpose.
No report was filed with the police, since nothing seemed to be
missing. The friend bought a new top section for the garage door
and had it installed and asked me if I'd install a new operator to
replace the old one that was original to the house.
When I went to do the operator installation, I naturally tested
the "weight" of the door to make sure the spring was adjusted
properly. What I found was that the door had virtually no lift
from the spring at all. The fellow who installed the top panel
did his work, he apparently never checked the spring tension. The
old operator, a screw drive Genie had plenty of power. After
years of faithful service, it finally had weakened the top panel
enough that rather than open the door, it merely had jerked the
top panel inward. This was made worse by the tendency of the
rubber strip at the bottom of the door to stick to the paint of
the garage floor.
I retensioned the spring properly and when the new operator was
installed, all worked perfectly. Not every instance of a bent-in
door is evidence of a burglary. It also points out the need to
occasionally disconnect an operator and lift the door manually to
verify adequate spring tension.
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