I guess I can’t say that the door itself is busted. That actually seems just fine. But one morning my wife tried to open it with the remote opener and Crack! Ptwang! a cable went flying and the thing wouldn’t open.
The cable was unattached at the upper end on one side, so the door doesn’t have enough pull, so to speak, for it to open on its own. It needs some manual assistance. Kind of a pain, but workable for the short term.
I took some time today to fix it, but no go. There is a big fat spring that provides some major leverage. That spring is busted. A hook at one end is just plain old cracked, wrenched, split. The piece that connects it to the other piece just isn’t there. I couldn’t find it.
What likely happened is that ice was holding the door to the floor. The previous owner had warned us of this. “I put a little salt down,” she told me. We never put a little salt down. Until today, of course. Now that the door is busted, that will help only so some extent.
This is one of those boy-that-was-stupid-situations. Some rock salt is certainly cheaper than a house call to have someone fix the dang door. Live and learn, eh? I guess we keep some local business in the black by calling them up and asking for some service.
At least no one got hurt. Isn’t that what a responsible parent is supposed to say? So I said it. I still feel stupid.
I had this same thing happen to me last year! I felt just as stupid, but don’t worry – at least we both know we aren’t alone anymore! I definitely made sure the garage door wasn’t frozen to the ground after that and we haven’t had any problems.
I took some time yesterday to make sure I salted under the door. I will have to make sure to do that again. I imagine it will be challenging to forget to do that now.