Garage door leveling

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Old 11-16-01, 05:29 AM
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Garage door leveling

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My garage door does not close evenly. When closed one side has a gap between the door bottom and garage floor. I have replaced the seal on the bottom but this has not fixed the gap. Is there some way to adjust the level on a garage door? This is a panel door rather than one large piece. Thanks,
 
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It's probably not the garage door that's not level. It's probably the garage floor that has settled. This is a very common problem with garages, trying to adjust the door will not solve your problem. The best solution for this kind of settling is mud jacking. The way this is done is holes are drilled into the affected area. Then tubes are inserted into the holes and a cement like substance is pumped in. This is done until the floor is level or where it should be. This is also known as hydraulic jacking usually performed in homes built on a slab.

There are other methods, like attaching a wedge like piece of wood the size of the gap to the bottom of the garage door. Doesn't last long and is noticable. Adding more layers of weatherstripping to that side of the door, same affect as the piece of wood.

Adjusting the door to close the gap may cause the door to malfunction.
 
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Thanks for the help. I can't remember how long it has been that way, we have only been in the house for a year. I will look into getting the floor levelled.

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Check the door first

First check the door.
Bring the door down half way which is where it should stay by itself if the springs are adjsted properly and put a level on it. Lock a pair of visegrips to each track so when you pull the door down it is level. Measure to the ground on each side and if it's the same then you may be able to make adjustments. Also you can put a board on edge across the floor and use a four foot level to check the floor.
 
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