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stuckdoor 08-29-2008 06:46 PM

stuck garage door
Hi, my kids ran a kiddie car into our automatic garage door and now it is dented and will not open. There is no way into the garage except through the garage door, so I can't try to push it from behind. The remote, when triggered, opens the door about an inch. I do not have a key for the garage door (there is a keyhole in the middle of it.) I'd appreciate any help or ideas! Thanks.

Big Bob 08-29-2008 07:38 PM

Plan a. You should try pulling the dent out of the garage door.... concentrate at the panel joints that's where it is probably binding.....I know all your tools are in the garage.
Plan b. decide where on the side wall you want a door as required by most codes.. I know... all your tools are in the garage.

Plan c. Do you have a window? ..... I know........

most gears are plastic and will break if you push the button to much..

DangerMouse 08-29-2008 08:27 PM

one tool you probably DON'T have in the garage is a plunger, try that (wet) on the door to pull it back? it might open then.


bigchomp 08-30-2008 08:29 AM

is it possible to use that inch of space to get your hand or something in there to pull the door up at all? If you could get it up about 2 feet, you could slide in there and get a better look at what is going on.... I'm sure this is pretty obvious, but seems worth a try. I know if it were me I would do everything I could to try and "pry" (force) it up enough to get inside. From there you can probably dismantle and fix the problem.

DangerMouse 08-30-2008 08:52 AM

but, as bigbob pointed out, most gears are plastic, forcing it would/could tear the whole thing up and you'd have to replace the opener and probably the door as well.


joasis 08-30-2008 02:17 PM

First, do not "force" the could end in disaster. Second, if you are not mechanically inclined, call a door company for a service guy to come out.

If you are sure of your skills, pull the release to free the door from the opener, and then gently lift the door from the inside and note what is going on, like a panel bent inward that is binding.....usually, the door would have to raise several inches before this would cause a binding action.....something does not sound right, and you best option would be to get a service guy.

gregzoll 08-30-2008 02:41 PM

No key for the lock, call the Locksmith. That or drill out the lock to be able to turn the handle. Then you will have to be able to pull the release cable. Looks like you are SOL at this point, unless there is a window that you can get through.

Big Bob 08-30-2008 03:30 PM

yep. if you can find a way to the release (that red cord with the small red T pull handle that hangs down from the rail). Problem is it takes a strong downward pull to open.

You could drive your car into the your insurance agent..explain you went nuts...see if they will cover this... better that your ex-wife does this..stop paying alimony...or go to a biker bar..put a $20.00 bill on the counter and ask if anybody knows how to break into a garage?

lol... had a bud that depended on his opener for his old one garage...he buried his side door access with an extra refrig. Power went out during a hurricane for a week+. He ended up cutting the power line and splicing in power from a generator.

He has now moved the refrig and fixed the side door.

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