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    ahhh the joys of home ownership :(

    so yesterday I was opening up the garage door for the millionth time, however this time it only goes up halfway then goes back down. I also notice that the motor was really straining. Didn't pay that much attention so i just went out the front door (Cars are all out front, too much crap in the garage). Later that evening I try to open it and this time the door only goes up an inch before it goes back down. Release the manual catch try to lift it myself, door wont budge. WTF. I finally look up at the master tension spring. Sure enough its broken in two.

    Crappier thing is in two weeks I am getting all my eve troughs replaced and its my wifes Bday weekend.

    grumble grumble grumble
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    Loading the dishwasher at brembo's house means bringing the fiancee a sixpack home.

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    Well, if there’s any good side to it, I bet that spring is easier and cheaper to replace then the motor. So long as it doesn’t snap back when stretched out, damn near take your head off and get tangled up like an old Slinky in the process. Good luck on that repair.


    I was always bummed out as a kid when I couldn’t untangle my slinky and had to throw it away.



    (it could be much worse, your toilet could be flowing backwards, eww )
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    Been there, done that. The good news...it's not terribly expensive. Usually some local places like an Overheard Door company which will service those.

    Word of caution...careful...very careful, if you attempt to fix it yourself. When you're up on a ladder, head up above the rail guides...and those things snap 'n uncoil in a millisecond...you have little room for evasion. And those being metal, with potentially sharp parts on it from breaking, flying around at high speed...not a good place to have your face/head/limbs.

    If getting a replacement, while they're there, look at having nylon rollers put in instead of the old metal ones. Much more quiet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    ...Word of caution...careful...very careful, if you attempt to fix it yourself. When you're up on a ladder, head up above the rail guides...and those things snap 'n uncoil in a millisecond...you have little room for evasion. And those being metal, with potentially sharp parts on it from breaking, flying around at high speed...not a good place to have your face/head/limbs...

    Sound like a “been there, done that” type of advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightowl View Post

    in two weeks I am getting all my eve troughs replaced
    The hell is an eve trough? Gutters?

    Just got mine replaced yesterday

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    Ya, I would definitely call in the pros to do that spring. If something slips, you'll have a terrible holiday...and I'm including Easter.


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    when it rains it pours...keep that in mind!

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    If you try and put the spring on when the door is up it’s barely stretched, I doubt there is any need for pros, unless you’re less mechanically inclined then a rock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoundEye View Post
    Sound like a “been there, done that” type of advice.

    To be honest...yes, I'm lucky I still have my left hand..it took a good hit, luckly I was able to pull it back fast enough before too much slicing happened. Jagged metal under force makes for some nasty slices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoundEye View Post
    If you try and put the spring on when the door is up it’s barely stretched, I doubt there is any need for pros, unless you’re less mechanically inclined then a rock.
    the door is a double car one and its the old style wood one, no chance I can get it back up myself. Called the local door doctors guys. They should be there some time in tomorrow afternoon.
    Quote Originally Posted by Zilog B
    Loading the dishwasher at brembo's house means bringing the fiancee a sixpack home.

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    Just wait until you have to replace your roof, your ordered to hook up to the county sewer system, your bathroom is falling apart and your bank account is zelch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blebs View Post
    Just wait until you have to replace your roof, your ordered to hook up to the county sewer system, your bathroom is falling apart and your bank account is zelch.
    Well the roof, windows, furnace was all replaced back in 03 so I should be good for a while on those items
    Quote Originally Posted by Zilog B
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    I can't win for losing. It's been one thing after another and I'm tapped out. Don't know how long I can hold on to this place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blebs View Post
    I can't win for losing. It's been one thing after another and I'm tapped out. Don't know how long I can hold on to this place.
    ug sorry to here that!
    Quote Originally Posted by Zilog B
    Loading the dishwasher at brembo's house means bringing the fiancee a sixpack home.

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    Still wondering wth an eve trough is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt View Post
    Still wondering wth an eve trough is
    Thats Canadian for rain gutters. Just like we say bathroom and you guys say toilettes. Personally i think our terminology is more polite
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightowl View Post
    Thats Canadian for rain gutters. Just like we say bathroom and you guys say toilettes. Personally i think our terminology is more polite
    Um

    We call them bathrooms too, look to the french for toilettes.

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