how to manually close garage door

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Tools Needed
1 Safety Spotter
2 Safety Glasses
3 Ladder
4 Garage Door Manual
Materials Needed
1 Gloves
2 Phillips head screwdriver
3 Flat head screwdriver
4 Garage Door Release Handle
Total Cost
$10-$25
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Estimated Time
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Skill Level: Beginner
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Project Overview

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Most people rely on their power garage door opener to gain access to the interior. However, you may find yourself seemingly stuck if the power goes out or the opener fails. But, there’s no need to fret! You can still get in and out of your garage even if the power isn’t on or there’s an issue with the motor. Here’s what you need to do.

You’ll need to disconnect the garage door from the opener to close the door manually. While this sounds complicated on the surface, it’s actually very simple. Most garage doors have an emergency release handle, and it’s normally connected to a bright red rope that hangs from the garage door rail. It’s near the top of the door itself and should be fairly obvious once you start looking for it. If you don’t see a rope there, you may have a residential jackshaft opener. In this case, you’ll find the emergency release handle near the bottom of the motor.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Clear the Garage Door Area

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Begin the process by making sure everyone is clear of the door, especially if the garage door is in the open position. When you release the door, allowing it to be closed manually, it can come falling down at a fairly rapid pace. If someone is in the way of the door, there is a chance of injury, so make sure everyone is clear before you begin.

Similarly, make sure no objects are under the door. When the door closes, it can potentially damage anything underneath it. That means you want to ensure your car or other items are clear of the space directly beneath the door. Otherwise, they may be crushed.

2

Disconnect the Garage Door Opener

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For residential jackshaft openers, you’ll need to disengage the door lock first. Everyone else can proceed straight to the emergency release handle. Then, pull down on the handle with slow, steady pressure. If you have a T-rail, you may need to also pull the emergency handle back up after you’ve pulled it down. Avoid jerking on the rope or handle whenever possible. First, the jarring motion can potentially damage the handle and shake the attached mechanisms and railings. This can cause damage to the garage door’s structure.

Second, depending on how long you’ve had that particular garage door, the rope may break. If this happens, you could actually injure yourself when the line unexpectedly snaps (and may even “punch” yourself in the face when your hand comes down if you are standing directly beneath the rope when it happens).

3

Lower the Garage Door

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In some cases, the garage door will come down automatically once the opener is disengaged. Since there can be a substantial amount of force when it comes down on its own, it is important to have everyone stay clear during the disconnection process. If the garage door doesn’t come down on its, manual pressure may be required. This means you’ll need to get your hands dirty to get the door down.

Begin by walking up toward the door and positioning yourself next to the opening. At no time should you stand directly under the garage door! Place your hands on the door (or the door handle, if one is available) and apply steady, downward pressure, being mindful not to wrap your fingers under the bottom of the door and place them near any moving components or potential pinch areas. Once the door begins to move, it may come all of the way down on its own. If not, continue applying pressure and bring it to the ground. Make sure to bend your knees as you bring it lower as making the entire motion using your back could result in injury.

4

Secure the Door

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Since the motor isn’t connected, the door can now be opened and closed manually. While this is convenient for you, it also leaves you vulnerable to intruders or thieves. Until you are able to repair your door or power is restored, you need to secure it. Some garage doors come with various locks designed to prevent them from opening. If that’s the case, you can use the mechanisms to prevent the door from opening. However, if something isn’t available, you’ll need to get a little creative.

Often, there is a round hole on the rail that attaches to the door, located near one of the wheels. You can loop some high-tension cable or chain, similar to what is used to secure bicycles to bike racks (in fact, a bike lock may be perfect for this task!), and wrap it around another part of the railing that is attached to the building. Then, secure the ends together. Make sure it is looped through enough time to prevent the door from opening more than an inch or two. Otherwise, someone might be able to squeeze under the door if there’s a large enough gap.

Conclusion

Now, you can open and close your door manually until power is restored or a repair is completed. Just make sure to unlock the cable or chain before you try to open it, and always make sure the door is fully open and stable before you attempt to cross under it. If the door doesn’t want to stay open on its own, then you may want to avoid using the door until a repair can be made, as this is the safest approach. But, at least you can rest assured that your belongings are secure in the mean time.

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Questions And Answers

Why is my garage door not opening?
There are many reasons why your garage door would stop opening. You may have a blocked photo-eye. The remote may be malfunctioning. The torsion spring may be broken. You may have a loose or snapped cable. The door may be off track. There are also many other possible causes.
How much are garage door panels?
Depending on the garage door a panel repair will cost you around $150 and up. A full panel replacement will cost $250 and up. Sometimes it can be the most cost effective to replace the whole garage door as opposed to replacing or repairing panels.
Can you paint a vinyl garage door?
Vinyl garage doors don’t take much maintenance at all and they are quite durable. You don’t need to paint them, but you can and should. They may start fading with time. If you paint them, they will look a lot more appealing. You should use paint made for vinyl surfaces.
How much does it cost to replace garage door panels?
Garage door panels range in the prices. To install a simple panel, it could be anywhere from $200 to $800 or so. That is for the door and the installation costs.
Can you paint your garage door?
Many people want to know if they can paint their garage door. It depends on what material the door is made from. Some of the garage doors that can be painted are wood, vinyl and aluminum doors. If you have a steel garage door, it won’t need painted.
How much should it cost to replace garage door cable?
Most likely, if your garage door won’t stay open or doesn’t work well, it could be due to a broken cable. If this is the problem, you are probably looking at an average of $175 to replace the garage door cable.
How much is a two car garage door?
For a new two-car garage door to be installed, on the low side it cost about $2000. This price can vary greatly depending on the features you want, as well as the material that you wish to have your garage door constructed of. The price just climbs from there.
What kind of paint do you use for a garage door?
The type of paint that should be used for a garage door varies. If you have an aluminum door, for example, premium exterior latex paint should be used. Exterior acrylic paint should be used on the wooden garage doors.
What kind of paint to use on a wooden garage door?
It is recommended that you use an exterior acrylic high-quality paint. Latex paint is able to be applied on top of oil or latex-based primer. Make sure that the surface is clean and old paint has been removed before sanding, priming, and ultimately, painting.
How long does it take to put on a new garage door?
The timing of putting on a new garage door varies. However, the average installation of a new garage door is around three hours. The larger the door, the longer it is going to take. If you only have a small garage door, it should be a bit quicker.
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