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Old 02-05-2011, 05:54 AM   #1
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Default garage door frozen shut

I would like to know what you guys have done to keep the garage doors from freezing shut. I only heat my garage when I work in it and usually water forms at the bottom then overnight it freezes. I would like to stay away from salt because I don't want to hurt the floor, any suggestions.
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:13 AM   #2
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Leave the door up a little higher.
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:20 AM   #3
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Leave it open a little bit.
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:23 AM   #4
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Default Re: garage door frozen shut

I plug in a trouble light close to the door, also spray the weather stipping with pam helps to not let it stick to the ice
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:25 AM   #5
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Default Re: garage door frozen shut

At a place I had, there was the same problem. It was an overhead type door, so I put extra holes in the track a couple of inches above the original ones. That way it could be off the ground and still be locked. It worked out OK...........no racoons (or squirrels) around there.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:09 AM   #6
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Spray the rubbers seal with silicone spray? Or any other rubber safe non-stick spray?

Me, I give the door a bit of a kick to break it loose if it is frozen down. Seems to always work.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:28 AM   #7
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Lay a piece of plastic ( or plastic paint tarp ) under the door before you close it...
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:56 AM   #8
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I like the "spray the seal with teflon" plan. That way you're still closing the door all the way.
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:15 AM   #9
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Vaseline on mine. no problems since.
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:07 PM   #10
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Silicon and Armor all works OK to.
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:33 PM   #11
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rub with wax toilet ring...... yes it works
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:50 PM   #12
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Silicon and Armor all works OK to.
Only problem with Armor all is that it is too water soluble and needs respraying more often.
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Okay - I just had this problem yesterday. Thank God the opener stalled and stopped. I will be looking into some other alternatives to the WD40 I sprayed on the floor and the seal to keep them from sticking together for a day or so. Not a fan of leaving it open a little as it's a great way to bring mice in from the cold. Not a fan of using a vegetable oil spray like PAM because it might attract the little buggers (mice) also.. Plastic on the floor idea would work until the car drove across it..

Any other creative or proven ideas out there?
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:34 AM   #14
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Default Re: garage door frozen shut

Funny you should post this because whenever a thread regarding drains pops up and we mention freezing, someone always argues that it never happens or they have never heard/seen such a thing.

Mine freezes only slightly as I have heated floors to keep it from freezing solid.

Silicon spray seems to work well but needs to be applied to a warm seal. A hair drier helps to warm things up before application.
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I spray it with de-icer. The stuff you spray on windshields.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:45 AM   #16
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Depends on how much water is pooling under your door.

If it is just a little bit, cut a sheet of plywood into 1' wide strips and lay them under the door so the door closes on top of the plywood.

You could put a heat tape in the bottom of your door to keep it warm so it doesn't freeze, but pluging it in all the time would be a pain.

I've seen a weather seal somewhere that is about an 1" high that you glue down to the concrete and the door closes on top of that, kind of like the plywood idea. Can't remember exactly where I saw it but I think it was in the skymall magazine on an airplane.
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What about addding a threshold? I've others on GJ do it.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:56 AM   #18
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Default Re: garage door frozen shut

I just kick the bottom of the door a couple times to break it loose before I open it. If it's stuck down hard, I can slip the edge of my snow shovel under it and pry it loose.

It only happens to my door a couple times a year so I haven't put much thought into solutions.
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thanks guys.. I think I will try the silicone... Drying to get the wife to kick the door is going to result in
A) Damaged Door
B) Damaged Foot
C) All the above and I get a Damaged set of pills...

It was a bugger to pry up when I used my crow bar... frozen for a good 5'
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rub with wax toilet ring...... yes it works
DONT DO THIS!!!, i once did and then my toilet leaked afterwards.
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