13 Dec How To Open A Garage Door That Has a Broken Spring
Garage doors are heavy enough to cause impactful damage in case something breaks in its functioning. A garage door with a broken spring in the closed condition is the safest you can be, and the door should not be opened until the spring is repaired. But in case of the emergencies, you might need to take your car out, and you cannot wait for a repairman to fix your door spring. So in such cases, you will have to be extra careful about opening a garage door. However, when you get your car out the first thing that we recommend you to do is bring the repair specialist as you cannot take this task on your own as it can be very dangerous. If you do it wrong, the door can fall out of control and wreck your valuables and cause injuries.
Here are the things you must do while opening a broken garage door on your own (only in cases of emergencies).
Step 1: Call a friend
You cannot handle this task on your own no matter how powerful you are. You will need assistance to hold the door while you work on the dismantling and two hands are not enough for this task. The door can weigh up to 350 pounds, and you need to get the best help you can to hold it in place and lift it to not break anything more. The more helping hands, the better.
Step 2: Get two ladders
You will need two ladders to keep on both the sides of the garage door. Get 6-foot step ladders or higher, make sure that it matches the height of the door. They do not have to be as high as the door, but high enough so you can manage your business. If you need to get your car out and if you can do that with 3/4th of the height of the door, you are good to go. You will not be standing on these ladders, and you will need space in between the ladders to take your car out.
Step 3: Get two crowbars
Place and slip the two crowbars on both the sides of the door and lift the garage door up. You will need the help of your friend to lift both sides at the same time.
This will be the hardest part so you and your friend will have to be extra careful. Lift the door up to a height you want and clamp it with heavy-duty clamps. Make sure that the clamps take the pressure of your heavy garage doors. Attach the clamps to the lowest roller on the garage door. This will keep the door in place while you perform the next task.
Step 5: Put the ladders under the door
When the door is clamped, it is time to put the step ladders under the door. You need to be quick with it while the clamps are holding the door up. Be careful while placing the ladders under the door as they will support the door until it is repaired.