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Old 05-26-14, 07:13 PM
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garage door gaps everywhere

i just bought my house in november and i'm finally tackling the garage. what makes the garage door have so many gaps like this? the enter top sits back about 2 inches and there is 1-2 inch gaps on the sides. its almost like its not sitting as it should in the down position. i can actually stick my hand out between the garage door and the rails and my hands will go out the front between the side boards. is this something i can adjust myself?

 
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Old 05-26-14, 07:49 PM
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Number one, there is no garage door weatherstrip installed to cover that gap. Second, that top door doesn't look like its sitting down on top of the other doors, judging by the large gap all the way across the bottom edge of that top panel. Cant say why. Is the door down all the way? Has the concrete heaved upward and raised the door? Did someone screw up the hinges somehow?
 
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Old 05-27-14, 03:02 AM
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Check the GDO down limit switch, too. It may be telling the motor to stop too soon.
 
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It might take a garage door installer to come in and reset the rails for the geometry you have. It can be beyond what a carpenter does often enough. - Looks like the current rails do not allow the top panel to rotate far enough to close the gap between it and the panel below and the upper trim across the opening.

I think there is special rail hardware made specifically for the problem.

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We are assuming that you have a garage door opener. If that is the case, start by pulling the emergency release and then open and close the door by hand to see if it fits better. If so, reset the emergency release. Sometimes, due to frost heaves or other factors, it is occasionally necessary to reset the emergency release.
 
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i do have a garage door opener but it is not installed now. this is just the door sitting on the tracks and it sits pretty flush with the floor. i dont notice gaps on the bottom like i see in the other locations.
 
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Old 05-27-14, 04:29 PM
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Where are the bottom of the tracks in relation to the floor? Is there a gap between the metal track and the cement floor? If so, how large is that gap? Has frost heave perhaps pushed the side rails up off the floor?
 
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Old 05-27-14, 05:16 PM
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I agree with Dick on this one. You need a garage door installer to properly fix and/or adjust this. It's as though the top panel is too big or the rails are set to low. If it doesn't sit properly without the auto opener then it was installed wrong or is way out of adjustment.
 
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Old 05-27-14, 05:38 PM
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Odds are someone has the wrong height door on there. If thats fully down, it looks about 2-3" too tall. Normally the top of the door is just an inch or so higher than the trim wood on the opening when closed. So a 7' door would have a finished opening of about 6' 11".

I also wonder if it's too thin for the track. For instance, a 1 3/8" thick door installed on track that was originally installed for a 2" door.

I'm curious about what looks like 2 holes between the center panels. That's NOT how a GDO is installed on a metal door. (If they are indeed holes of course.)

Like someone got a used door that didn't quite fit, but was better than what they had.
 
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