I've been asked to replace garage door lower
gasket, for a friend. Wooden garage door.
Looks like the existing rubber is held on
with about 50 roofing nails.
Any hints or ideas to get the job done? I
suspect pulling the nails will be a LOT of
work. Hammering upwards is a LOT of work
I'm going to bring two or three versions
of hammer, and a pair of country western
fence pliers (you know the one with the
dog that died?).
On Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:36:40 -0400, Stormin Mormon
Pulling the nails doesn't seem like that much work. Maybe I am not
picturing your situation correctly. Just open the door so you can
easily see the nails and not have to hammer "up". Usually can get to
at least a 45 degree angle if not closer to horizontal. (The door can
almost always go horizontal, but the jam will be in the way.)
CY: There are about 50 of them, I did a quick
Maybe I am not
CY: Opening the door so I can see them, puts all
the nails between 5 adn 6 feet from the ground.
Since the nails are on the bottom edge of the
door, any option is nailing UP. Except to roll
the garage door all the way up. At which point
the nails can be nailed like a wall, but they
will all be 7 feet from the ground.
Usually can get to
CY: And that will be about 7 feet off the ground.
Christopher A. Young
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I can relate, things are a lot harder to do in my 50's than they were when
I was in my 30's.
Just give yourself plenty of time and take lots of breaks. Divide a big job
into a series of smaller jobs and anything is possible. Snacks and
refreshments help too. :)
I found that after every nail, I let my arms
hang down and tried to relax. That helped. Also
bending over to pick nails off the ground was
good, bent my back the othe way. Aleve is also
helpful for bad back.
Lift the door and secure it in place with vice grips, bar clamp, or
If you have difficulty reaching the bottom of the door, use a small step
stool, or rig up a simple scaffold with a board and some blocks to set it
It should be fairly easy (though monotonous) to remove the roofing nails
with a hammer and a small prybar (flat bar, not a wrecking style crowbar).
I'm pretty sure I've seen replacement garage door gaskets in the local home
You could use something like blue painters tape to temporarily hold the
gasket in place on the bottom of the door while you nail it on.
If you have difficulty nailing overhead, buy or rent an air powered roofing
nailer. You can easily drive hundreds of nails overhead with a pneumatic
nailer. Alternatively, you could use screws and a cordless drill to attach
My big concerns, one is if the nails are rusted in place.
Might end up doing a lot of work to get them out, or
just pound em in flush.
I doubt the screws have wide enough heads.
50 nails out and 50 in, at face level is going
to be a LOT of work.
Plans are to start at one end, and then pull (tension)
the weatherstrip a bit, and put in one nail every foot
or so. Go back and put in the remaining nails, later.
When the weatherstrip is properly in place.
HerHusband is on the right track. You don't need/want to tension
anything other than getting it to lay flat. If you have a helper have
them hold one end up to allow you to nail one end in place and then just
keep smoothing it down as you go from one end to the other nailing it in
Rusted or not, the nails will not be as difficult to remove as you
think. They are, after all, embedded in wood which means there's no
rust bond between the wood and the nails. Unless the door is made of
A palm nailer, I had one still in the box in garage for years. I
finally got to use it when nailing on some cement hardiboard. The damn
thing really works! I can drive nails like a Mexican with it.
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