You may remember me posting about troubles with my garage door before.
Today it has gone bang!
I was closing the door - bang - the next thing I knew the spring was
hanging down. I think that whatever the spring is attached to on the
left hand side (as you stand outside looking towards the door) has
broken, causing the spring to fall off.
I'm sure this is the worst time of year for this to happen as everyone
will be stopping for Christmas soon.
Is it worth repairing? I suppose I need whatever has broken on the
end, plus a re-tensioning kit. How easy are they to retension?
I was thinking of ripping it out and getting a new door as this one
was here when we moved in and I don't know how old/used/abused it is.
I would also like to replace the frame which is no brilliant IMHO
I notice Screwfix sell doors and frames for those doors.
None of the photos of their doors have handles. Do you have to fit
these yourself? I thought they would have been factory fitted.
Screwfix sell frames to fit the doors but they are quite expensive,
about £90. I suppose for convenience it's good but this being UK DIY,
if I wanted to make my own frame, what is the minimum size of wood you
Would you buy or DIY?
How do I make a mortice in the frame? I haven't got a router, but even
if I did, I thought they only went a couple of inches deep. Do you
have to do it from both sides and hope the holes meet in the middle?
In the meantime I need to make a prop to keep the door open. What is
the minimum size of wood you would use for this? Is there a table
anywhere of what weights different thicknesses of wood will support?
The broken door was a canopy door. I understand that retractable doors
are smoother. If I replaced the door with a retractable one, would I
need to add anything else? Presumably there are tracts for it to
retract into; do these need to be supported, and if so, by what?
Thanks in advance.
- posted 12 years ago