My wife has been finding it impossible to lift the garage door
following a back injury last year.
I had an inexpensive boat winch on the work bench for years so I
mounted it on the right side of the door frame, strung a couple of
pulleys and 1/8 cable.
Now she can open the door without lifting. Works so well I had to go
out and buy another winch for the other door!
Instructor, Machine Tool Department
H.H. Ellis Technical High School
643 Upper Maple Street
Dantieson, CT 06239
New England Model Engineering Society
now what a perfectly good reason to build a new 30x 60 heated and cooled
garage for the wife's well being , and to be courteous you could set up shop
in the part unused by her auto so that you're sure to be around to help
carry anything she should bring home
Ignoramus21310 wrote in
You've never been to Ct. or the rest of New England have you? I was born
and raised there. It's called Yankee Ingenuity. It's what helped make
America great. Of course now that I live in the Midwest, I can see this
sort of thing for what it really is, cheapness!!
Otoh, it's pretty expensive to live in Ct. They are not shy with the taxes
and the housing prices are pretty salty too.
Ignoramus21310 wrote in
There ought to be springs and cables or a wound spring to do just that.
They get old and stretched out after a while. I had one let go at an
older house I used to own. They can do some damage.
Errol's garage sounds like my fathers. We ended up drilling holes in the
sides and used a come-along to pull the sides back together. This took
the better part of a year or so.
The garage was built from packing crates and skids from Scovill mfg. co.
and was quite old. Anyway once we got the sides pulled back in we put new
trusses up to hold it together.
Then we jacked it up and replaced the sills then set it down on cinder
blocks. Some years after that we put on a new roof deck and shingled it.
Oh, yeah we fixed the side door and the windows too. They had gotten
crushed from the slow assault of gravity and the elements.
Good to go for another 50 years or so. Most people would have torn it
down and started over. Not a true Yankee though. All in all I'd be
surprised if we spent 50 bucks fixing it outside of the roof. The old man
couldn't scrounge up the plywood and shingles and finally broke down and
On Mon, 16 May 2005 21:06:53 -0500, the inscrutable "williamhenry"
Hey, have Conroy's wife do it for you.
Oops, I thought that said "razing" the garage door. My bad.
Oops, that thread was on the Wreck, not here.
We're born hungry, wet, 'n naked, and it gets worse from there.
I hope the door is counterweighted or countersprung. If a boat winch
gets away from you while under load, the spinning crank handle can
break bones. ( In my case it was a finger that required several pins
That's two reasons that the "old fashioned" counterweight is better than
a spring: Does not weaken, not very exciting if the cable breaks (thud).
Of course "no-one" does it "that way" today...
If you have extension springs, you should have safety wires, which keep
the parts from flying very far when they let go, unless they are very
small parts (less than a full turn). Just a hunk of cable going down the
middle of the spring, attached to something at both ends, long enough to
let the spring stretch. The shaft on a torsion spring does the same
thing. Don't be under the door when they let go...
:That's two reasons that the "old fashioned" counterweight is better than
:a spring: Does not weaken, not very exciting if the cable breaks (thud).
:Of course "no-one" does it "that way" today...
Cleverest counterbalance I ever saw was a bundle of fairly heavy chain
hanging from the end of a cable. As the door went up, the chain piled
up in a bin on the floor. The free hanging part of the chain tracked
the weight of the vertical portion of the door, with the closed door
just a bit heavier than the chain and the remaining chain just a bit
heavier than the rolled-up door.
Ecnerwal wrote in news:LawrenceSMITH-
I should have mentioned the safety cables. I installed them when I replaced
the springs. There were two cars in the garage when the spring let go.
Somehow neither one got hit. We were in the family room and the noise was
loud enough to make you jump.