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    Well I'll Be

    This is a new one for me. I wanted to get into the garage (to get the darned snow blower - but that's another story) pressed the opener button but it only went up 3" or so. Tried a few times and it wouldn't budge from there. So I opened the other door (manual - no opener) and low and behold this is what I found!
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    Yep, it sheared off both straps!! (supplied with the opener).
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    It looks like the metal fatigued right at the bend.
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    I don't think I've ever heard of this happening before - though I'm sure it has! I'll run out and get some new angle stock - a bit heavier this time - and mount the stinker back up there. Hopefully the ol' girl doesn't have a dent in the roof!

    Just another project to add to "The List".

    Wes
    Oh, and I checked the installation manual to make sure I didn't screw up the installation (which wouldn't be much of a surprise) - nope, looks just like the diagram provided.

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    Ouch! Any damage to the top of the car?

    Mine did something similar last year, but I didn't install it. The previous homeowner did, and only used 1/8" screws (and SMALL washers) to bolt the pull to the garage door. It went up about a foot and came crashing down. When I went inside to see what happened it quickly became obvious. Due to the damage caused by the small bolts and washers, I fabricated a plate of 1/4" aluminum to "back" the door brace and reinstalled with 3/8" bolts. Works fine now.
    Billy B.

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    Bummer Wes. Hope you don't find a dent under it!
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