Garage door has stuck open  
Garage door has stuck open - Happy Blue!

Help!

My 'up and over' garage has stuck in the open posiiton. Do not understand the mechanics, so cannot work out how to fix it. Are there any experts in the back room who can advise?

Thanks

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Garage door has stuck open - Chris M

Occassionally mine will pop out of the top of the side runners if it's opened with a little too much enthusiasm. A good tug fixes it.

What sort of mechanism is it. Canopy gear where the spring runs along the top of the door, or retractable where the springs are vertical each side?

Garage door has stuck open - Happy Blue!

Think its a sping across the top.

Garage door has stuck open - Chris M

The mechanism is quite primative. As the door is open, you won't be able to easily see the spring/cables. It could be one of the cables has jammed - they wind round grooved connicle spindles and can tangle if the door goes up too quickly. If the cables aren't jammed, my guess would be it's jammed in the runners.

Garage door has stuck open - 72 dudes

After the fix, give all the springs and runners a going over with WD40.

Garage door has stuck open - nortones2

I used clean engine oil, from a little squirty can whose generic name I cannot remember. Made the thing work much smooother.

Garage door has stuck open - SlidingPillar

Use proper oil, not WD40.

WD40 does have its uses but is a poor lubricant and will attract moisture.

Garage door has stuck open - csgmart

I had the same problem with my garage door a few years back. A lack of oiling on my part caused the spring and complete mechanism to seise. It cost me a pretty penny to get it replaced - if only I had oiled it regularly all would have been fine. A valuable (and expensive) lesson.

Garage door has stuck open - unthrottled

WD40 does have its uses but is a poor lubricant and will attract moisture.

WD stands for Water Displacement! I agree that it is a poor lubricant though. More liked a solvent.

Garage door has stuck open - Happy Blue!

Hmm

Think its a major repair/renewal job.

Ouch

Garage door has stuck open - john farrar
Usually you can release the spring(be very careful!) and unwind/untangle the wires. You can then retension the spring(requires a couple of spanners). The instructions are available on the net or sometimes are supplied with the door. However, only try this if you are reasonably handy as the spring could injure you.
These doors should ideally be lubricated every 6 months.

I have had to do this with a couple of doors and have successfully recovered them at no cost either financially or physical!

If you do not feel confident then the manufactures will send out an engineer.
Garage door has stuck open - Chris M

If it's a Henderson type arrangement, you don't need to untension the spring to replace the cables. With the door closed, you just need to turn the spring by a quarter turn and insert a large nail, or similar, in the hole provided. That's enough to release the tension on the wires.

Replacement doesn't have to be expensive. Wickes do them for £350. Ours was made by Wessex Doors although Wickes supplier may have changed. Easy DIY job. I fitted one about 7 or 8 years ago and it works well with little maintenance. We use the garage every day.

Edited by Chris M on 03/02/2013 at 18:39

Garage door has stuck open - Happy Blue!

" With the door closed"

That's the problem. Its not and won't!


Garage door has stuck open - Chris M

It's still jammed open?

What have you been doing all day!!

;-)

Garage door has stuck open - 1litregolfeater

If it's a Henderson type door, I expect one of the cables has rusted after many years of lack of maintenance.

Ebay can be quite dear for garage door bits, do a wider trawl.

Garage door has stuck open - Happy Blue!

Being repaired tomorrow. Either £75 or £98 depending on the cause.

Garage door has stuck open - 1litregolfeater

Whoa boy! Gather up that old brake cable off the Raleigh Roadster, clamp it over the rusty bit at the bottom.

£0

Garage door has stuck open - Happy Blue!

Nope. I don't do DIY.

£100.98 inc VAT for a nice fix and service.

SWMBO is happy and therefore so am I..

Garage door has stuck open - MikeTorque

That's good to hear.

What did they have to do to fix it ?

Garage door has stuck open - Smileyman

I did this 3 weeks ago! Shutting the door it hit something on the way down and jammed open.

I called a garage specialist who visited me later the same day - the metal guide wire on one side had become entangled. He also serviced the door (WD40 on the metal wire helps keep it sweet). Cost was not too bad, £40, with a receipt - not cash in hand!

I told Mrs Smileyman later that evening .....

Edited by Smileyman on 07/02/2013 at 22:39

Garage door has stuck open - Happy Blue!

My £100 job included: -

"Re-align and rewind the cables, realign the roller brackets into the tracks, resecure the tracks onto the timber subframe, retension the spring and lubricate the tracks."

Seems like they almost refitted the whole door assembly.

Garage door has stuck open - Avant

You did very well to get all that for £10, given that at least £50 must have been for call-out. Either he's a very honest tradesman or your negotiating skills are superb.

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