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Garage Door Repair Story

Every Friday morning Phyllis had a hair appointment. This Friday was no different. She gathered her keys, the family checkbook, her clutch and headed for the garage. She pushed the button to open her garage door and … Absolutely nothing happened.

Her regular day had all of a sudden come to be not so regular. Agitated, she pushed the button a 2nd, then a 3rd time. The garage door refused to budge. Then she did everything every lady of the house does when something in the house does not work, she called out to her husband, Don.

Don, questioning \”just what now?\” sauntered to the garage to provide aid and comfort to Phyllis. They have been married a long time and he consistently responded to Phyllis\’s summons. It was one of the keys to their relationship.

He repeated Phyllis\’s effort and pushed the button several times himself. Darn! The garage door steadfastly refused to budge. Once more he speculated \”everything now?\” just this time it was directed at the garage door, not Phyllis.

Then Don observed that the two springs at the top of his door didn\’t look the same. Nearer evaluation revealed that one of the springs was broken. \”Geesh! Another repair cost! Just everything I need.\” thought Don.

\”Exactly how am I going to get to my hair session if the door won\’t open?\” asked Phyllis, \”The car is in the garage.\” She said, stating the evident.

Don thought for a moment, then a concept flashed through his head. \”Hang on a second, I think I can open the door for you.\”

He went to the cord hanging from the garage door opener\’s track and gave it a pull. The opener mechanism clicked and lo and behold, the garage door opener was disconnected from the garage door. \”Progress!\” he thought.

Then he grabbed the garage door handle and pulled. The garage door came up to Don\’s knees.

\”Offer me a hand here, I think we can get the door open.\” said Don. Phyllis dutifully put both hands under the bottom of the door and lifted. Between the two of them they had the ability to raise the garage door as far as Phyllis could possibly reach. Enough to get the car out.

Then she let go.

Instantly the garage door crashed closed. Don, still holding the door by the handle, tumbled forward into the door, then in reverse into the car. Then he slumped to the garage floor.

Phyllis screamed. Don swore. At the very least he was still conscious, but he lay on the concrete floor doing a mental count of his body parts.

After a few moments, Don attempted to get up, but his back screamed, \”Don\’t!\” Don lay between the car and the door asking yourself just exactly what to do next.

Phyllis didn\’t hesitate. She had actually experienced Don\’s body being thrown around by the crashing door and knew he had to be hurt. Thankfully the 911 operator answered rapidly and Don was soon on the way to the medical facility. They needed to carry him through the house and out the front door to get him in the ambulance. The entire neighborhood watched.

The evident lesson. Garage doors are heavy. If your door does not work, don\’t mess with it. Call a garage door professional.