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the door of madness 
2nd-Jun-2012 01:56 pm
Serge 2012
Yesterday I worked from home because the garage door wouldn't open. The motor wasn't making any funny noise, the chain wasn't derailed, and even if it'd been one or the other, I couldn't have fixed it. Our neighbor had noticed that almost all the bolts of the hinges needed tightening, and maybe that was warping the door's going up and down on its rails, so we took care of that, but still the door wouldn't open. The technician imediately figured out the real problem and took care of it. What was it? The big spring at the top of the door that provides torque had cracked in two. Not that surprising, in retrospect. He said that they stopped making wooden garage doors back in 1985, and the house was built in 1980, so this most likely was the original setup. Screw loose and metal fatigue will do that to a door.
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2nd-Jun-2012 08:17 pm (UTC) - And those springs are hella scary
They hold so much torque that that is what makes that job a non-do-it-yourself project -- it can kill you if you do something wrong. (We looked into DIY when we owned the cheap house, and hired it out though we were rather poor at the time.)
2nd-Jun-2012 09:12 pm (UTC) - Re: And those springs are hella scary
Yes... There are times when it's a smart investment to spend money on an expert. For example, electrical wiring, plumbing, and the above.
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