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Old 01-30-2010, 04:56 PM   #1
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What do others do to prevent the garage door from freezing to the floor?
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Old 01-30-2010, 05:02 PM   #2
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Usually on any day that it starts to thaw a little, I open the door and sweep out or mop up as much moisture as possible in the vicinity of the doorway. The best step I have found is prevention. Sweep any snow away from the door seal as soon as you can. Maybe a light film of WD-40 on the bottom of the seal will help.

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Old 01-30-2010, 05:09 PM   #3
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The day before an expected storm, I spread some ice melter pellets along the the lip where the door meets the concrete. Any snow or ice that may accumulate there never has a chance to freeze.
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Old 01-30-2010, 08:40 PM   #4
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Keep the garage warm

I have found that a rag with some armorall every once in a while will keep it clean and it wont freeze.
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:17 PM   #5
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When we lived in minosota we would just use a lil map or propane torch handheld or we also had a 20lbs propant tank on a dollie with one of those torch atachemnts

it worked great

would help with trailer hitches, padlocks in ice, garge door frozen, plow mounts that got covered in ice etc
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:28 PM   #6
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Adjust the door opener so it stops 1/8" from the floor. Easy to do on a Genie.
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:19 PM   #7
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Adjust the door opener so it stops 1/8" from the floor. Easy to do on a Genie.
.....and let the snow blow in?

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When we lived in minosota we would just use a lil map or propane torch handheld or we also had a 20lbs propant tank on a dollie with one of those torch atachemnts

it worked great

would help with trailer hitches, padlocks in ice, garge door frozen, plow mounts that got covered in ice etc
Here in NH the other day eight rental storage units were burned down when they tried to use a setup such as that!

I've used a heat gun (electric, super hair drier), but prefer to just 'grease' the rubber seal from time to time so ice doesn't stick well to it. I also have a rubber strip on the floor that helps too, since it makes the door seal area a bit higher than the floor itself. (It's needed because my floor is absolutely flat, by design.)
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I spray some de-icer on the floor and door rubber.
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I spray some de-icer on the floor and door rubber.
That's worked the best for me too. I try to re-apply it every couple of weeks or so, when I remember that is.
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Buy a can of Silcone Spray. Spray a real good amount into a rag. Wipe the whole rubber seal with it. Door will never stick again.

I also did it on the car weatherstrips during the winter. Works like a charm.
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Default Re: Garage door freezing...

my wife called me at work last winter, "the garage door won't go up.....i keep pressing the button"

well, the door froze to the floor and when she pushed the button it ripped out the bracket at the top.....the one that attached the door to the opener
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my wife called me at work last winter, "the garage door won't go up.....i keep pressing the button"

well, the door froze to the floor and when she pushed the button it ripped out the bracket at the top.....the one that attached the door to the opener

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It's like when I drive my wifes car and notice a weird noise and ask her about it, and she says "oh yeah, it's been doing that for a couple weeks".
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.....and let the snow blow in?

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Old 01-31-2010, 05:07 PM   #15
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Maybe windshield de-icer in a small garden sprayer..??
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:06 PM   #16
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I agree with the silicone spray on the rubber seal. Clean it off with something like Spic & Span so no soap film is left on the rubber. Let it dry and spray the silicone onto a rag and wipe it down the length of the rubber. Wait a while and do it again. I do the same thing with the door seals of the cars too.
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Exactly! I'm driving down the road on a Saturday afternoon with her and the whole family........"Oh, I've been meaning to tell you that the van makes that funny noise when I push on the brake pedal.........."



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Buy a can of Silcone Spray. Spray a real good amount into a rag. Wipe the whole rubber seal with it. Door will never stick again.

I also did it on the car weatherstrips during the winter. Works like a charm.
+1 This works very well!
I usually just spray the rubber directly tho.
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Old 01-31-2010, 11:46 PM   #19
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Move far enough south where it doesn't freeze. South Florida would definantly stop it from freezing. i just couldn't resist saying that. i'm in south arkansas and it's about 25 degrees right now.
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