Questions and Answers
Should we replace our garage door or repair it?
Our garage door has a lose hinge which keeps on getting detached with the roller from the track every few months. The repairer is saying that we should replace the door. Is it necessary? Our door is 10 years old.
Posted by Risa
Admin:Just for one loose hinge? Heck my door had 5 rollers fall out, bent 3 of the panels (I have a sectional door) bent the crap out of tracks;
and I repaired everything by pounding the door panels back in shape, aligning the tracks & rollers, rewinding the cables back onto the pulleys and replacing the broken tension springs.
That was 3 years ago without anymore problems.
I’d look at why the hinge gets loose; the bolts are screwed in through threaded holes and they are like sheet metal screws so you may need to use bolts with a hex nut & lock washer on the back side to secure it.
My door is 12 years old.
Help repairing garage door opener?
I have Genie screw drive garage door opener and the clip and collar that connects the two halves of the screw broke. The two halves of the screw will still hold together, but the clip and collar keeps them from accidentally sliding apart. is there way to fix this problem without buy a new clip and collar?
Posted by Carl
Admin: Are you sure both ends of the screw are intact? I have never seen the clip and collar break but have seen one end of the screw snap off. Sometimes the whole screw will turn with the door disconnected but when the door is attached only part of the screw will move. The only real way to see is to take the joint apart. Have help cause if you drop any part of the track you WILL break the joint. Lets assume it is broken. Any joint is easily replaced unless it is the end of the coming out of the motor. Some Genies had a solid rod going through the motor rotor and some had a coupling joining the motor to the first piece of the screw. Check website to download a free schematic. Genie probably not sell you the part except as a whole track. They say the track pieces are matched pairs but that is not true. If a door place will sell or give you a piece of old track you can most likely substitute it. The old screw simply can be pulled out of the aluminum housing. The clip parts can be reused. The collar goes on and the two ends are positioned together and the collar is slid over the joint. The clip then snaps on to keep the collar from sliding back. I have done this with the opener installed but you might want to do it on the ground, cause again it is easy to break the assembled joint if you drop or bend the track before it is reassembled. Too bad if you are not around Simi Valley cause I have a bunch of these sitting around somewhere.