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Should i put two bolts into the top of my garage?

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by purpleroad, 7 Mar 2019.

  1. purpleroad

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    Got two bolts at the bottom of my garage door but when I push the top of garage in I get the top pushing in as you can see in picture. would someone be able to push the top and snap the bottom two bolts and get in or am I worrying too much ?

    Should I put two bolts similar to the bottom at the top? 20190307_083225.jpg 20190307_083248.jpg
     
  2. scbk

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    I would look at it from the inside, there's usually (flimsy) catches at the top, it's maybe not latching on them
     
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    Bolts into the side are insecure , metal doors can be buckled in the centre which renders side bolts useless.
     
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    They can't make too much noise as it's located near our flats. I was worried about they levering it or however they'd try and get in quietly. What about a bolt into the floor and into the top?
     
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    Makes hardly any noise , they just back a vehicle slowly into the middle of the door and it folds in half, 3-4 secs and your in .
     
  6. Harry Bloomfield

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    I used to have one of those doors on my garage, I changed it for a electric roller shutter type. Mine had a latch at the top centre, which caught into hole in the full width horizontal bracket, fixed to the garage, which held the counter balance springs. I could push the door in at each side at the top, but not in the centre where the latch was.

    I doubt there is much you can do to make it more secure, apart from maybe adding a asp and padlock at the centre bottom, fixed to the ground. The built in locks are incredibly easy to pick.
     
  7. mattylad

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    big garage door locks in the middle and sides, top and bottom.
    Razor wire fence 2' in front with 2 hungry dobermans patrolling behind it.

    :)

    Adding sheet thick ply to the back of the door may also help strengthen it.
     
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  8. Harry Bloomfield

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    That would make the door much heavier, so the counter balance springs would not be able to compensate, nor to keep the door open when access is needed.
     
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    Get a bigger spring and a latch/tie a rope then :)
     
  11. Harry Bloomfield

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    Have ever tried messing with those springs? The are very strong and if the let go they can do you a lot of damage. Not to be messed with..
     
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    Well, what do you suggest to strengthen a weak as poop garage door?
     
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    A new spring
     
  14. mattylad

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    see harry's reply 2 up.....
    apparently you don't wanna mess with them. (or at least he does not want to).
     
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    Agree with Harry, being a tight Yorkshire man I once tried to repair a spring that had popped off. Fashioned a pulling device to pull the spring into place. Managed to pull it almost into place when the rope snapped and whizzed between my legs with an almighty twang. Now there is only one thing I value more than money and that's my gonads, needless to say they were thankfully unscathed and I stumped up £110 for a new spring assembly.
     
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    Is there a side door?
    I chain my motor bikes to the bottom of the door. So you can't open the door from the outside. Also, over winter I add a pole that goes from centre of the top of the door to the ground. This is at a slight angle so you can't force the top. No good if the garage door is the only entry

    Maybe you could add a box section of ally across the top to prevent the door from bending? Then add bolts
     
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