How do you get a garage door open when the motor doesn’t work?
Monday morning at 7am my overhead garage door was frozen shut. It is -27C with a nasty wind. The bottom of the overhead door was frozen to the cement and I didn’t notice until I hit the button on the remote. The motor pulled on the stuck door and then quit. Right away it was obvious what happened. A few taps on the bottom of the door should break the ice enough. I hit the remote again. The door didn’t budge but the support track the chain and guide are on sure did. It bowed down about a foot before I hit the button again to stop the motor. I had not idea the motor was that strong. Now I was mad and couldn’t think.
The motor had bent the track. I was not willing to see if it was going to work safetly with my truck sitting under it. I pulled on the door and tapped on the springs with a broom. That was pointless. Now what?
Phone a friend
“Hey I am stuck in the garage. How do I get this big door opened to get my truck out?”
My handy friend explained the simple procedure to free yourself from a garage.
- Find the rope that is attached to the metal bar. It’s at the top of the door in the middle.
- Pull the rope. It is attached to a little piece of metal that locks the door shut. The metal thing will click as it comes out.
- Manually lift the door. It’s not as heavy as you think. Pretty easy really.
- Drive the truck out of the garage.
- Manually pull the door down so it is closed.
- Go back to where the rope is and push the metal clip back into place. You need a ladder to reach it. It will click. This locks the door so no one outside can just lift it up and come in.
- The same thing applies if the power is out.
As a farm kid I am embarrassed that I had to ask for help with this. It’s really simple.