Garage Door Repair Story

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

Her routine day had all of a sudden become not so routine. Disturbed, she pushed the button a second, then a third 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 other half, Don.

Don, speculating ”exactly what now?” sauntered to the garage to provide aid and convenience to Phyllis. They have been married a long time and he constantly replied to Phyllis’s summons. It was one of the keys to their relationship.

He duplicated Phyllis’s effort and pushed the button a number of times himself. Darn! The garage door steadfastly refused to budge. Once more he asked yourself ”everything now?” only this time it was directed at the garage door, not Phyllis.

Then Don saw 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! An additional repair cost! Simply 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 auto is in the garage.” She said, stating the obvious.

Don thought for a moment, then an idea flashed through his head. ”Hold 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.

”Give me a hand right here, I think we can get the door open.” stated Don. Phyllis dutifully placed both hands under the bottom of the door and lifted. Between the two of them they were able to raise the garage door as far as Phyllis might reach. Enough to get the auto 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 auto. Then he slumped to the garage flooring.

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

After a few moments, Don tried to get up, but his back screamed, ”Don’t!” Don lay between the auto and the door questioning just everything to do next.

Phyllis didn’t delay. She had witnessed Don’s body being thrown around by the crashing door and understood he had to be hurt. Fortunately the 911 operator responded quickly and Don was soon on the way to the hospital. They had to carry him through the house and out the front door to get him in the ambulance. The whole neighborhood watched.

The obvious lesson. Garage doors are heavy. If your door does not work, do not mess with it. Call a garage door professional.