Fixed my garage door for $35

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Garage door got off track then buckled. It's a 16 year old thin gauge door that was already repaired once.

Called a couple of guys out because of the heat. They wanted $800 for a new door and track or "a couple hundred" to fix what I have.

The problem was a broken corner in a panel and it made that panel dip down and buckled when it tried to close.

So i took a look at the existing panel support strut, and fashioned one out of a $31 piece of 8' x 1" right angle steel. Drilled out about half a dozen self-tapping metal screws and replaced them with 5/8 bolts with bits.

End result is the sag went away, door doesn't creak as much now and wife is happy.

But the temp was so high I must have lost 5 lbs of sweat. The thermometer failed, hit its max temp. I'm guessing 130.

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Essentially my 2nd panel was dropping down and buckling under it's own weight. This caused the door to stop closing (never had a problem opening up) and I had to push it up about 4 inches to get it to close.

I added the 8' 90-degree slotted angle steel piece to give support all along that side of the panel.

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Really I just unscrewed the screw-bolts and put the piece underneath and added the screws back in.

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The result is that side of the garage door is fully supported across that side of the door. It doesn't sag anymore. It also helped that I added in bolts on the right side.

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Yes, I was drenched with sweat after 45 minutes in the garage.

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Tada! Hopefully it will last a few years.
 
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