How to Unfreeze a Garage Door (House Projects, Tom)
If you read CaringBridge this morning, you will note that when I tried to leave home this morning, I was surprised to find our garage door was frozen shut. Yesterday, instead of snowing in the morning and early afternoon, it rained. Mix that with the snow that came later and the sub-zero temperatures we're "enjoying" today, and you have the described predicament.
After I came to grips with the state of affairs, I turned to the geek's best friend, Google. I was dismayed to find that if you Google "Garage Door Frozen Shut," 75% of the advice is about car doors being frozen shut, 95% of the advice being about how to prevent it (not much help now, thankyouverymuch), and only a couple of items about how to solve the problem in the immediate sense.
So, in the interest of helping the community, here is what I did.
- Push button again, in the hope that the door opener didn't understand your original intent.
- Pull the handle, trying to raise the door manually. Grunt loudly when the door, to your surprise, doesn't move. Making a whimpering sound is optional, but recommended.
- Push up on the door, using all of your manly strength. Try to ignore the fact that you are being defeated by a thin layer of ice.
- Kick the door, secretly hoping that you aren't going to dent it.
- Run a hair dryer along the inside bottom edge, knowing full well that you are attempting to warm the entire garage floor.
- Repeat the process on the outside bottom edge, knowing full well that you are now attempting to heat the garage floor and the state of Minnesota.
- Put ice melting salt on the outside bottom edge of the garage door, praying that some chemist was smarter than you currently feel.
- Go inside, eat three pancakes.
- Use Google to search for ways to un-freeze door. (see definition: "Insult to Injury").
- Pour windshield wiper fluid on outside bottom edge of door, add more ice-melting salt.
- Play Yahtzee with son.
- Use a putty knife to separate door gasket from concrete.