I'm stuck at home today!

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  1. Patrick Sun

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    Last night I parked my car in the garage and hit the garage door remote to close the garage door, as it lowered itself down into closed position, I heard a loud snap but didn't pay much attention to it.

    This morning I go to open the garage door and get some balky chain action, and appear watching some stressful chain/rod action, I think the spring finally broke on me. I can't open the garage door at all (by myself), so I'm stuck at home until the garage door fixit place shows up for repairs. I hope it's just the spring, but am prepared for the worst, I think.
     
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    Suck. My opener went out last week, but at least I could pull the release cable and get the door open. Just make a turkey sammich and watch Elf to make the best of it.
     
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    That sucks, sorry.
     
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    Oh no, you have an honest to goodness reason to not show up at work after a long weekend. What a terrible thing.

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    H - sorry 'bout the door tho.
     
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    Yeah, that's the springs. Especially if you try to lift it by hand (manually) and discover the door now feels about 20x what it used to weigh. That's the broken springs [​IMG]

    Luckily they are easy and quick to replace for a pro, so you should be good tomorrow. We had ours snap last year, once it was replaced we've had no troubles (except the opener just died on us this year of it's own accord. It never ends...)
     
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    I think I pulled not only a hamstring, but my forearm muscles trying to lift the garage up. I feel really useless right about now...
     
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    Had that happen last year. $275.00 later.....
    If yours has two, get them both done at the same time.
     
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    Another reason to ride a bike to work.. Can't get stuck in garage as I could always go out the front door. [​IMG]

    But then again, my brother-in-law installs electric garage doors for a living. So we would just call him up for some new springs pronto.

    Hope you at least enjoyed your day off! [​IMG]

    You can always look on the bright side, if you took a sick day and got paid for it, at least you can deduct the cost of the repair from the sick time. If this happened on a non-working day, you'd be really off.

    Jay
     
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    What a unique way to call in sick after a big Falcons victory !
     
  10. Patrick Sun

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    Well, $400 later, I can now open and close the f-in garage door! The repair guy said there was no way I could have manually opened the door given how much slack was in the drive chain.
     
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    $400.00? That sucks especially right around the holidays.

    Sorry.



    I'm trying to take my dog to work more often myself.
     
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    Yeah, there are quite a few items that will be going back to the stores from this weekend's sales, unfortunately. And my gift giving budget just shrunk up a little bit as well because I also had to get my clutch's master/slave cylinders fixed last week.
     
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    I guess public transportation is not an option like when I am in LA.
    In San Francisco it is pretty good and is really nice when things like that happens.
     
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    That's because Patrick lives in the 'burbs (OTP, outside the perimeter). I live intown (ITP, inside the perimeter) and walk/bike or take public transportation whenever I can. I'm lucky if I put 10,000 miles/year on my car.
     
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    Ouch. The last garage door opener that I did was as follows:

    - $149 for the screw-drive Chamberlain opener from Costco.
    - $150 for installation labor.
    - $299 Total Bill

    [​IMG]
     
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    It was the springs that I pounded on for this repair (I'm sure I got stuck paying for $130 each for 2 springs), but at least I now have galvanized steel springs instead of those rusted iron springs I had before yesterday.

    I'm sure I'll have to pony up for the actual garage door opener soon as well, but the repair dude said it sounded fine to him, but given that it's been in operation for over 13 years, you just never know...
     

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