My mother-in-law has just moved to a new property. The garage has two
separate single width up-and-over doors. These are Cardale doors.
Instead of springs they have a cable that connects from the door to a
small drum on the lintel. The doors are solid and have runners at
The doors are very stiff. What can I do to free them please?
For the best results, pop over to the Cardale site at
http://www.cardale.com/ locate your door typt and download the fiting
instructions in PDF form and look in the Troubleshooting section.
Hope this is of help
Heavy? That brings back scary memories of someone who for me, opened
their almost tripple car-width up-and-over garage door not quite half
way and let go (due to her not being able to lift the weight, or judge
if it were past the tipping point), and it was only very *very* quick
action from me to catch the heavy door from falling otherwise she would
have had extremely serious damage to her head, or probably lost it :-(
Spray WD40 liberally all over the cables, pulleys and the drum
mechanism. If this frees things up (after a couple of ups and downs
with the doors), use 3-in-1 oil on the same components.
I've found that some home owners never oil their garage doors, the
resulting crud of years of dust and muck gradually making them seize.
Puzzling to me! Some people seem to think that *everything* works like
a DVD player: it just works forever, until the day it dies, when you buy
a new one. Unlike DVD players though, the next garage door is not
cheaper than the old one was!
In addition to the above.
Most of the cable operated doors have coil springs wrapped around a
horizontal shaft above the door. These counter the weight of the door
and are ajustable with a spanners and tools. The "tools" being short
metal rods (or big screwdrivers if they're missing). You have to
take up the tension with the tools and slacken a bolt and retension
the spring every now and then.
You need to be careful doing this, there is a lot of tension on the
springs, if it's released you can lose a finger so read the
instructions especially if you're not very handy.
The cables can break too, so check this.
If it just needs oiling it will be stiff to open and close.
If it needs ajusting, it will come down easily but be hard to lift up.
Adjusting the spring is risky and specialised - if it is the spring that is
fitted horizontally along the lintel then oiling the spring is beneficial as
the turns of the spring need to rub against each other as it winds and
Have the plastic rollers in the guide channel work away?
Hey this a DIY group. Crossing the road is risky too. So is using
any power tool. You just need to be aware of the danger before you
Harry - I was making a warning based on my perception of the OP's level of
DIY knowledge that led him to ask the question. Even so - the amount of
power in the springs is awesome and can catch one unawares with serious
consequences. (Visions of screwdriver missing head but landing on bonnet of
car). If the spring torsion was to be lost due to it unwinding it would be a
very unpleasant job winding it back on.
I also asked if the door was "Heavy" or "Stiff" as this would help us to
give a solution. Adjusting the spring - if the problem was friction would
I would just like to thank everyone who has replied to my question.
Very helpful replies.
To clarify, the door was stiff, not heavy, so I'll try oiling it
before checking the spring.
One GF's garage door was a struggle for her so I oiled everything on it (the
door...!) but forgot to tell her. It missed her kneecaps by no more than an
inch but fortunately didn't slam up too hard.
Of course I was told off for making the door easy to open, but that's
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