how do you fix a stuck garage door?

What's a matter Mikayla? Did you get the door stuck and you want to get it unstuck before your parents get home?

Well, there's lots we don't know. Does it have an electric opener? If so, is THAT what is stuck? It can be a stuck chain, or the motor just isn't operating. If it IS an electric opener, does it have one of those security locks that prevent it from being operated? Does the door have beams that go across the bottom of the opening and something is blocking the beam? If so the door will open but will not close until the obstacle has been removed.

But if it's something blocking the beam (sensor) then just move whatever is in the way.

Hope this helps.

Without knowing more, it's not possible to tell you how to fix it. But at least you now know more about how they operate. Perhaps you can solve the problem yourself. But be careful, garage doors are heavy and can kill you if they fall on you. Also, moving parts can sever fingers or cause painful crushing injuries. So if you don't know what you are doing, call a professional. Please.

NOW: What if it's a manually operated door. Is it a roll up door? Is it a track door? Is it a swing up door? If it's a roll up door the gears may be jammed. If it's a track door (has wheels on each side and follows tracks) there could be something jammed in the track OR it could be a broken spring, or cable, or the cable has come off the pulley. If it's a swing up door and it won't open, is it still locked? If it won't close is there something in the scissors that is jamming it or are the scissor hinge worn or something broken?


'av'a g'day mate.


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It has already been a year of extreme weather, as you know. And no ha scientists have issued another prediction about floods. More of them ahead this spring. An estimated 400 people die each year because their cars are trapped in water. And it turns out, many of us are doing exactly the wrong thing in that moment. We roll up the windows and hope for an air bubble or call 911. Account tonight's abc's lisa stark and going to show you a sdrabetion of the right thing to do if your car is sinking and the 30 seconds that can save your life. Reporter: What you're about to hear, are actually 911 calls from people in sinking cars. Help me. Oh, my god, I don't know what to do. The car is sinking. It's to my waist. I can't get out of the car. Reporter: Here's the headline you must remember. You have to get out of the car before it sinks. That means you likely have under a minute to get out. Speed is the key to saving your life. The first 30 to 60 seconds is when you have to get out of that vehicle. Reporter: He says it's too late to try to push a door open when the car is under water. So tht florida dive team shows whoa can be done. Ready to go. Reporter: Let's start the clock in real time. A second after hitting the water, seat belts off, windows down. Within eight seconds, both front seat passengers are out. Water rushing in the back seat. Passengers scramble. In some cars, rear windows won't roll down all the way. The escape is out the front. Everyone is safe all in under 20 seconds. Here again in slow motion, jeff, who was in the back seat. The car went down quicker than I thought it would. I had a real in-flow of water i had to work against to get out. But it can be done. Everybody knew what they were supposed to do. Get your seat belt off, open the window, get out. Period. Reporter: What about kids? Same scenario. Again, seat belts off, windows open, unstrap the oldest chi first, the youngest last. That's the best chance of getting the children out safely. They got out this window in 21 seconds. And if you can't get the window down, you'll need a backup. An inexpensive window break tool. Take a look when I gave it a try. You don't have to be strong. Anyone can do it. Starting next month, 911 operatorors will tell anyone in a sinking car, get out now. Lisa stark, abc news, naples, florida. And again, lisa wants us to

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Fix Nagging Problems Yourself by Jessica Thomson

Keep the garage door closed and work from the inside to rule out and address any issues you might find. If there are any dents or crimps in the tracks flatten them out.

Spring can be the problem with swing open doors, replace if necessary

The garage that you have installed for the safety of your cars is expected to last you for a long time, and it usually does. But factors like wear and tear, corrosion can affect its longevity and especially cause nagging problem to the door. It can be quite annoying as you might come home one evening and are not able to open the door because of some fault with it or the other. Its time you took things in your hand and did Garage Door Repairs yourself.

It might seem daunting to you when you start off but its actually quite easy to do these repairs on your own. You will feel satisfied at the end of it having done it yourself and saved yourself a lot of money that one normally pays to professionals for Garage Door Repairs.

You can check if the tracks are aligned with the help of a level. Its important that they remained aligned the way they should be for better performance of the door

Lubricate the tracks if need be

Usually the fault with your garage door could be with the door itself or the opener. Once you have identified the problem the second most important task is finding genuine Garage Door Parts that you need. Online suppliers are a good source of buying the best quality, branded spare parts for your garage.

If they are not aligned tap them down till they get aligned; check with the level again

With them in hand you are equipped to fix all kinds of doors; from ones that operate on spring tension and open up in one swing motion or those that roll up gradually to ones that slide over metal tracks. Whatever your problem might be it can be fixed.

These repairs are easy and rewarding

Only if the tracks are beyond repair should you replace them.

The metal tracks and mounting brackets in the garage need to be checked first. If they appear loose, tighten them right away.

Simple steps involved in Garage Door Repairs are:

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