Tuesday, February 05, 2008


So, Sunday afternoon, my wife and I were enjoying a movie in our room before going to a Superbowl party at a friends house. The kids were having quiet reading time in their rooms. All of a sudden, we heard a very loud BANG somewhere downstairs.

We raced downstairs to figure out what had happened and couldn't find anything! Then when it was time to hop in the van and head out to the Superbowl party, the garage door wouldn't open! Much inspection ensued. I pulled the red emergency release on the door from the garage opener, but the door seemed about 100 times heavier than normal! I couldn't lift it to save my life. Then I noticed it, the main spring on the door was now in two pieces. The spring had snapped, and somehow, half of the spring was holding the door down under tension!

Thankfully, since I had recently bought my new motorcycle but hadn't cleared the 3rd car garage to make room for it, I had parked my truck in the driveway. We had a way to get around town, though cramped, for 5 people. We had bought an opener for the 3rd car, and Sears was supposed to send a guy on Tuesday to install it.

Realizing that I needed someone who could do repairs to both garage doors and also install the new opener, I remembered a recent post on Blue Sky Workshop about Arko Garage Doors. I gave them a call, and they had all the parts available and could come out Monday afternoon! They did a great job on the install and had the best prices in town based on my earlier searches. I would HIGHLY recommend Arko.

Now we can use both garage doors again, and no longer trapped inside!

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