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Garage door suddenly really heavy, opener gives up

Your torsion spring broke. Whether these are DIY or not is debatable. That they can kill (or merely injure/maim) you if you lack adequate care is a fact. That one needs to be replaced.
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Garage door sticks on a bolt

I am a commercial door guy and that bolt is what holds your track together. Your issue is the misaligned track at the joint.
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Garage door sticks on a bolt

It is likely that the misalignment of the lower vertical track section with respect to the lower edge of the curved track is causing this problem. In your case the curved track piece is spot welded to ...
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Garage door leaks

Garage doors are not made to be watertight. Seeping of water from heavy or wind driven rain is normal. If the seepage you are showing is from water running toward the door, then you need to correct ...
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Garage door sticks on a bolt

I'm a residential garage door installer in the Detroit area, been doing it for over 14 years. Like what Jim the commercial guy said, your issue is the alignment of the two tracks. Loosening the bolt ...
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Garage door leaks

No garage door is leak-proof. You need a slightly raised threshold outside the door to keep water from entering. If you can't raise the level of the concrete outside the door, you can try adding a ...
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How to make garage door easy to manually lift for 5 year old

I have a recollection of being able to open my dad's double-wide garage door at the age of 5-ish, kindergarten, first grade times, to ride my bicycle. So yes it ought to be possible to tension the ...
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How to make garage door easy to manually lift for 5 year old

Your door should be moveable by a small person if it's balanced properly. If the springs are correctly set it'll hold position when halfway open. You could bias toward too loaded so the door opens ...
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Would a bit of grease on overhead door cables or bearings cause the springs to break?

TLDR: The spring failed naturally due to old age or manufacturing defect. Not your fault. As an aside, learn to properly grease garage doors. Oh boy. The bull-oney here is thick. Let's start with ...
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Do I have to replace one broken spring on a dual spring garage door?

You must replace both springs. Avoid using the door until you do. You must replace them with the correct springs which are color coded according to door weight. You must weigh your door and not ...
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Why isn't my overhead door closing completely?

You need two bolts in the arm brackets to hold them together, not just one. That might be what caused the problem, one bolt fell out. See the picture below, from German garages, to get an idea about ...
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How do I get my garage door to operate when the pull rope was yanked off?

The string activates the emergency disconnect between the chain/belt/cable and the door. Look for the lever that the string activates and push it back in the in the other direction and run the motor a ...
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Garage door suddenly really heavy, opener gives up

I work on truck sized garage doors. The spring is broken and fully unwound. You can tell because of the white line spray-painted on at the factory while it's unwound. Doors are actually balanced. ...
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Do I have to replace one broken spring on a dual spring garage door?

Close the door, then unhook the power garage door opener immediately! Start operating the door manually. That will answer your question right away about whether the door is seriously broken. "Yes!...
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Clean and lubricate garage door rails

(mild) Soap and water, sure. Don't use WD-40. It isn't a lubricant. Instead, look for white lithium grease. You can get it in a spray can with one of those small straw like things to put it exactly ...
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Garage door sticks on a bolt

The track has failed there and that bolt is someone's repair. I would remove that bolt, then re-seat the track so that the channel shape matches and weld it so it has a smooth run without any bolt ...
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Would a bit of grease on overhead door cables or bearings cause the springs to break?

Torsion springs have a finite lifespan. They break. I seriously doubt that a little grease was a factor. Replace them both and move on with life. After you've done so, disconnect the opener (if ...
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Garage door sticking: WD-40 temporary solution but still sticks: need to change hinges or what?

WD-40 is NOT a lubricant. In fact it will dissolve and wash away any lubricant that was there to begin with. If you think the problem is lack of lubrication, white lithium grease or similar is a good ...
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How can I attach a draft seal/excluder to a garage door

Your drill should definitely handle a 2 mm drill bit. Make sure it's a drill made for metal. Use a nail and hammer to countersink the hole. Then follow with the drill. I have always used a drop or two ...
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What is purpose of end hinge on garage door?

They connect the sections together so the entire door moves when opening or closing it. 3 on each side means each except the bottom one is connected to the one below.
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How can I install a garage door without the overhead rail hardware?

You will need to install rails on the sides of the door, as this is how these doors were designed to be held. I can't imagine any other solution that would look right. However, there's nothing ...
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Clean and lubricate garage door rails

I just had an installer come out a couple weeks ago to lubricate my door and show me all the contact points to lubricate because my <1 year old door was doing the same. He recommended using ...
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Is it safe to trim the torsion bar on a garage door?

Expert/garage door safety paranoiac here. You know what, I actually feel comfortable with that. I'd leave several inches beyond the end of the bearing, so if the shaft shifts in the bearing, that'...
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How can I attach a draft seal/excluder to a garage door

I think you've probably got three things going on here: Dull bit to start with. You need a sharp bit to drill steel by hand. Inappropriate bit that dulls faster in steel. Often times, the drill ...
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Garage door lock broken

I would just go and buy a whole new lock. Trying to repair them by buying pieces, usually cost about the same. Most garage door locks work the same way, by moving a cable. Most locks should fit in ...
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Lift Master Garage Door - remote hardly works from outside the garage

One possibility is your receiver antennas are not extended properly. Usually a thin wire drooping from the motor unit ... if it's coiled up or broken or not extended properly you might have VERY ...
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How can I fix my garage door to stop it from rubbing with the frame?

For me the easiest solution would be to remove the 7 foot long framing laths (Profiles) on both sides. They are just nailed in, so easy to remove. Now sand off some in the area that you marked. Nail ...
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How can I fix my garage door to stop it from rubbing with the frame?

loosen the bolts on the vertical part of the track and adjust it away from the wood.
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How can I install a garage door without the overhead rail hardware?

I would use standard hardware and simply detach the curve and the horizontal rail. There's usually a joint there anyway. You'll need to secure the top roller to the wall somehow, but that shouldn't ...
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How to make garage door easy to manually lift for 5 year old

First, let's get an important matter out of the way: Do not mess with the garage door spring merely to increase ease of opening. It is dangerous, and stores a lot of energy. Winding springs is ...
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