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How do I replace a garage door spring?

One of the springs on my garage door has snapped. I'd like to replace it, but it seems like I'm going to have to get the door up before I can do so. Of course, the door is extremely heavy with a ...
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Garage door sticks on a bolt

My garage door sticks on the way down, apparently when the bottom roller meets a bolt in the track (see photo). A shot of garage door lube on the bolt head helps it close for the first couple of times....
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What's the best way to keep my garage from freezing?

I live in Colorado. My 1950s house has a one-car attached garage that was built in the 2000s. The walls that are not shared with the house are not insulated: the studs and sheathing are visible from ...
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Would a bit of grease on overhead door cables or bearings cause the springs to break?

I have a roll-up (2 car-width) garage door. The right top torsion spring broke. I would have fixed it myself, but no time. I called out a repair company, and they guy came out and said that I need to ...
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Can I create a water proof barrier to keep my garage & home from flooding?

Every couple of years, the area where I live gets a huge storm. The result being that the flood of water that collects in the streets overpowers my driveway and runs down to my garage. I put in a ...
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What are some tips/tricks to garage door lubrication?

Are there any gotchas to garage door lubrication? I have found the Prime Flo product on Home Depot's website. Can I lubricate the large spring at the top of the garage door? What about the garage ...
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Can I erect a barrier to keep water out of my garage?

Within the last year, I have purchased an 80+ year-old house. The house has a sealed blacktop driveway that runs parallel to the house. The house has an integrated garage with swing-open (horizontally ...
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New garage door opener belt sags when opening

I recently replaced our chain driven garage door opener (which functioned fine for 9 years) with a Chamberlain MyQ opener which runs off of a belt, instead. It was nearly a direct swap and all works ...
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How can I make my garage door quieter?

My garage door is loud. I didn't realize this until I visited a friend who has a garage door that's nearly silent. He says he has a belt-driven door opener and nylon door wheels, while I have chain-...
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How can I fix a garage door motor that runs but doesn't move the chain?

I have a Craftsman 1/2 HP garage door opener. It's always been a little finicky, but tonight it stopped working. In the middle of going up as tonight, the door halted, leaving a gap between the door ...
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Clean and lubricate garage door rails

I have a garage door with a rubber belt drive. I would like to know the correct way to clean and lubricate the rails as it is screeching a bit when opening and closing. Can I wash out the rails with ...
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How do I rust proof a garage door track?

I have a couple of questions about how to do this: Is it safe to cut the bottom 1-1.5 inches off the track so that it's not in direct contact with the concrete of the garage? I often get standing ...
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What could be causing my garage door to randomly open and close?

A few mornings ago, my wife and I noticed that our garage door started opening and closing with no discernible pattern. It would stay closed for some period of time, open suddenly, and sometimes ...
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Oiling/greasing a garage door

My garage door is very loud. I sprayed all of the metal-on-metal moving portions of the garage door (except the Genie screw drive track) with WD-40 as they all have some small degree of rust. This ...
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What are some inexpensive options for replacing a single-stall garage door?

The house we recently purchased has a detached 3 1/2 car garage that has seen better days. The entrances to the garage door consist of a 2-stall garage door, and a 1-stall garage door. Luckily, the 2-...
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Can I replace a window in a garage gable wall without adding a modern header?

So, I have an older construction home (1948, a great year for lumber in MN) with a detached garage connected to the breezeway. The garage roof structure has rafters and collar ties with two storage ...
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What are Automatic Garage Door Options for a Garage with a Low Ceiling Clearance?

I have a tuck under single car garage in my bungalow that currently has carriage doors that have seen better days. I would like to replace the carriage doors with an automatic (and insulated) door, ...
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Without Access to the Garage Interior, How Can I Replace the Handle/Lock?

I have an external garage, with a manual overhead door (no powered opener). There is no side access door. After the recent winter, I tried opening the garage again, and the handle will not turn. I ...
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Chamberlain B550 - How to use a relay to open/close door?

I have one of these: http://support.chamberlain.com/articles/How_To/Chamberlain-Models-B550-B750-Owner-s-Manual On my old door, I wired a relay in to the same terminals the push-buttons (like ...
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How do I repair a garage door with a rusty bottom?

Was looking at my garage door as I pulled into home yesterday and noticed that the bottom panel is starting to rust slightly at the bottom. The rust looks like a small mountain range from one side to ...
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Is there a way to know if my garage door is open remotely?

Is there a way to know if my garage door is open remotely? Some times I find my garage door open for no reason. I have expensive bikes in the garage and I don't want to worry about them. Maybe get a ...
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How can I repair this garage door trim and weather stripping?

The weather stripping on the outside of my garage door is wavy, as is the metal trim its anchored through, which leads to a lot of air leakage. I could just caulk this as is, but I'm guessing the ...
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Can you remove the garage door sensors? [duplicate]

I have tried everything to adjust and fix the sensors on my garage door. They will not close when the sun is hitting them. Can I just remove them?
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How can I safely cut the cable on a broken garage door?

Late last summer, a tree fell on our garage. The garage being made of corrugated aluminum, it was pretty well crumpled. Before winter hit, we were able to get everything off the frame but the garage ...
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How can I replace a tilt up garage door, with near zero clearance, low overhead?

I have a 'tilt up' garage door with an past-end-of-life track. I'm told by several local garage door companies that tilt up hardware is not made any more. Yet even the low clearance roll-up overhead ...
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Is garage door insulation beneficial in South Florida?

I'm in South Florida and I have a west exposed garage door. The garage door is metal (possibly aluminum). The garage is not air conditioned. There is insulation between the house and the garage. There ...
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Do garage door springs LOSE their “spring”?

On a one-piece, single-car door that's rarely opened (springs usually stretched), do they eventually stretch, thus stopping the opener from working?
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Garage Door Won't Close, Reverts near bottom, Why?

Background: Our doors are made out of wood. They are extremely heavy and around 30+ years old. Recently we notice our 3rd garage door stopping near the bottom of the track when closing and ...
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What is the absolute minimum garage door size that will still fit a (small) car?

Is 2.1 m enough? I am constructing a set of outward-opening timber ledge-and-brace doors for a workshop, through which one day someone may wish to take a car. Vehicle-storage is not the current ...
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How can I stop my garage door from hanging up on the door frame?

I have a 7 year old, 4-section automatic garage door that has been working fine until recently. When I open it, the second section (the one beneath the uppermost section) is catching on the upper (...
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Clone gate and garage access Remote

I have a HOA gate entrance that uses a Linear ACT-34B (318 MHz) remote and two Liftmaster 8550W garage doors (315 MHz). Is there a clone or learning remote that would consolidate these into one remote?...
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How can I add a button for a garage door opener?

I have the following scheme for my garage door opener: and I want to add a push button to this. Is it enough to connect a push button just as any other button: GND to scheme's GND and PB to the ...
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What alternate ways are there to get into a garage when you don't have the opener? [duplicate]

I am locked out of the garage without a remote opener. There are no windows and no doors to get in. What are some ways to open the garage door without breaking down the door?
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Is it safe to trim the torsion bar on a garage door?

The torsion bar on my garage door extends ~6" past the end bearing bracket (picture below). I would like to trim it by ~3" to place a cabinet on the wall. Are there any requirements for torsion bar ...
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How are Clopay Intellicore garage door R-values so high?

Clopay's garage doors with their proprietary "Intellicore" polyurethane foam insulation claim R-values as high as 20.4 in a 2" thick door, or R-10.2 per inch. State-of-the-art spray polyurethane ...
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Why can't I get a torsion spring tension level that works for having the garage door both open and closed?

If I adjust tension so the cable is slightly taught when the door is open then the door only closes about half way. If I adjust tension so that the door closes all the way then opening the door ...
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How can I convert from an overhead door to a man door?

A property I purchased has a detached and pretty solid detached garage in the back on a raised cement foundation. It has running electricity and I have no need for it, so I'm considering turning it ...
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I need another joist in my garage

I am replacing my garage doors and the new door set has all the necessary hardware except the rear hangers. This is fine as I have punched angle iron I can use. The problem is that the top bar does ...
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How to remove rusted screws?

I have these rusted screws in my garage door. How do I remove them? I tried using pliers, a hammer, Water Displacement 40. Didn't come out. Here is another view from the inside: If someone has a ...
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What type of wire do I need for garage door sensors?

My garage door is failing to close. The light blinks 10 times and the internal indicator light blinks twice. Also, the sensors seem to be working properly. From my research, this indicates there is ...
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How do I keep water from getting under the garage door?

Our garage door, pictured below, is right on a sidewalk that slopes downward slightly as it moves past the garage. The result is that one side of the garage door is 4 inches below grade while the ...
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Unable to close Garage door with remote

I’ve made a video of the issue. I have a craftsman garage door mechanism and can open the garage door with the remote but unable to close my garage door via the remote. I can do both the tasks via the ...
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Do I really need garage door tune ups?

A friend of mine sent me a link to a "garage door tune up service". I've never heard of getting a garage door tuned up... but I've never owned a house before either. A couple weeks ago I had trouble ...
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Use Doorbird D202 Doorbell to open/close Hormann Promatic Garage Door

I have a Doorbird D202 Doorbell and a Hormann Promatic Garage door. I want to use the Doorbird to Open the Garage Door This is the connection I believe we need to connect the Doorbird to in the ...
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Garage roller shutter door opening by itself

It has a remote control switch and brand is Centurion Australia. I closed but it opens by itself after few hours. I recently tried to add a duplicate remote key but that was incompatible and so the ...
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Gating access to large corridor

I would like control access to a "corridor" as shown here: Photo shows front side of corridor, back side is similar. The corridor is slightly over 2 cars wide. This is a commercial building and ...
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Best way to reinforce beam for a deadbolt?

I want to install a deadbolt into the garage door but with that one beam of wood I feel someone could easily kick it open? What's the best way to reinforce it before installing a deadbolt. Or if ...
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Garage door does not close flush along the top

My garage door is sized 6'6" x 9'. The ceiling is somewhat low, about 7' tall. The door has what I'm told are "sleds" to assist with the top of the door turning quicker so it doesn't hit the ceiling. ...
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Manual garage door won't fully close

I disconnected my automatic garage door opener and I can see when closing the door manually, and it's almost at the bottom, the remaining panel gets stuck and it won't fully close. There is no visible ...
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What style of lock for swinging garage doors that shift with the weather?

This is a rim lock on a swinging "carriage style" garage door from 1925. The lock is terrible, very hard to adjust, and to keep adjusted as seasonal variations occur in the spacing. The lock is ...