Bad start/Friday Night (silver lining)

Home Inspector with Elliott Home Inspection

I seem to be spending far to many friday nights at home lately,but at least this time it is not my fault.

One of my lady friends invited me over for a night of dinner,and sitting down to a Chicago Bulls Playoff Game(now that they are on the verge of finishing off last years world champion and worth watching).
after I hit the garage door opener There was a bang that shook me up for a second.Turns out an bracket that supports one of the door tracs broke.
Soon as I jumped out I pulled the plug on the opener and found a piece of 2x4 to prop it up,then pulled my van forward in case it collapsed.
Next I went thru the phone book and was suprised to find that these guys come out on emergency basis.Makes sense tho as who wants to leave a normaly locked area open to the public.
Any way to make a long story short,he gave me a few tips when checking garage doors.
When testing for retract never sit your 2x4 perpindicular to the door as the new metal doors can dent at the bottom fairly easy if there is to much pressure.
Check the bottom bracket where the cable attaches for signs of wear or rust.
When inspecting the door it is amazing how many begin to crack in the middle
as they are cheap gauge material not able to handle the stress.
If you check your neighbors around you it will be a suprise just how many have this problem.

At least the bulls won

garage door

At least the Bulls won,

Comments (1)

Steven Turetsky
Comprehensive Building Inspections & Consultants - Staten Island, NY
Building Moisture Analyst

Hi Bob,

Lady friends, ey? So the fox is a wolf too?

Anyway, I usually keep a plastic water bottle in the truck.  When I check garage doors, especially one of those flimsy metal ones, I let the door close on it. I find them to be a bit more forgiving.

How's the job across the street going? Have you been taking pics?


Apr 29, 2007 02:52 PM