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 use?
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.