Someone kindly made these wooden doors for our garage, but the hinges keep breaking. Right door is only hanging by the middle hinge. It seems the doors are too heavy for them.

Can anyone suggest a better arrangement (more hinges, longer or stronger hinges)? Or is there any way I can reduce the weight by adding something like a spring or bunjee cord attached to the roof. I don't really care how it looks. There's not much room in the frame, for the other end of the hinges to attach to... Any help is appreciated.

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    When the hinges were put on, was there any binding/hard to open/close of the doors? If you use a string with a weight(a plumb bob), would all hinge pins be inline from top to bottom?
    – crip659
    Jan 16, 2023 at 22:56
  • The door has been problematic for quite a while, maybe with the wood expanding due to snow. rain etc. I think they might have been in line once, but not now :-)
    – Cliffie
    Jan 17, 2023 at 14:16
  • I'd start with trying to shim them to actually be in line. If they aren't coaxial (lined up) that puts tremendous force on the hinge when you operate the door. And the door binds also! Jan 17, 2023 at 23:12
  • Thanks for your answers... That is true the door is 'fighting' with the frame right now.. Will try to line them up using the plumb line
    – Cliffie
    Jan 18, 2023 at 21:06

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Gate hinges would be a common heavy duty hinge that's usually easy to find. We're talking "farm supply or similar" as in "agricultural gate 10-16 foot wide" not 3 foot gate in a picket fence.

  • Thank you ! I will try to find those.. I was also looking at maybe some kind of caster at the opening to reduce the weight on the hinge side... something with the ability to go over uneven surface. It might be tricky to install but will give both of those a try...
    – Cliffie
    Jan 17, 2023 at 22:11
  • Try spring loaded gate wheel in your search engine of choice. Either that, or make a level track for the wheel in front of the door. You'll want a large diameter wheel if the ground is rough, bumpy and uneven.
    – Ecnerwal
    Jan 18, 2023 at 2:27

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