Friday, April 24, 2009

Tell your Torsion Spring you appreciate it before it's gone


I am one of those people who don't ever think about how things work. There was a reason I majored in the social sciences and not in engineering. Anyhoo, our garage door broke this week and now I am well versed on the Torsion Spring and it's purpose. I also know it will cost more to fix than it's worth. I also know that it's a pain to not be able to access your garage. I hate having to go outside to get in the car. I don't like bringing in the groceries from the driveway. What if someone sees all the candy I buy?

When we built our house 8 years ago we made some silly decisions. Each decision was justified with telling ourselves repeatedly that this was a 'starter home' and we only had to endure bad choices for a few years. Obviously our starter home has turned into a retirement home and the mini-mantle over the fireplace and the cheap carpet we can live with. However our biggest regret is the fact that we didn't think we needed an outside door to the garage. How dumb is that? The only way to get into our garage is from our house or the now broken garage door. So until we pony up the money and have a garage door repairman come over we are dragging our garbage, strollers and bikes through the house and out the front door. So lame.

On a completely unrelated note, here are a few pix from Ethan's party. Please appreciate the 'plank' Hub came up with and the fancy pulley system for the pinata. Obviously Hub was the one in the fam to even know where to look when things are broken....

8 comments:

cold cocoa said...

I'm so sorry about your garage door! That is a big Stink. Are you sure there isn't some way to rig it? And is it too late to put in a back door? While you're putting out the $$ for unfun things, just throw in a door.
I never like the neighbors seeing what I buy either, or where I shopped. Privacy issue.

cold cocoa said...

p.s. I never thought about your mantel before, but I did see on thisoldhouse.com how to make your own mantel. I was looking on how to make your own window seat. How fun would that be? But leon is a real woodsman so he could finagle a mantel for you someday.

The Allreds said...

Sorry to hear about your garage door, but hey...be thankful you have a garage (how am I to live in the desert without a reprieve from the sunshine???).
The pirates looked like they were up to lots of fun! Glad to get a sneak peek!

T said...

bit of friendly advice - since we've "been there done that"...

When you DO decide to replace the torsion spring (it ran us about $100 to have someone come fix ours) have them replace the one on the other side as well... because it's liable to go out fairly soon...

I haven't ponied up yet for the second repair... so I still have to get out and physically close the door while I put undue pressure on the one functional spring...

stephanie said...

I love the plank. That is such a cute idea.
Darn garage door!! I hate it when things break

big8smiley said...

Sorry about your torsion spring! It's the pits when that goes out!!! I feel you pain about not being able to use the garage door. We had to have ours fixed last year. The motor broke. What a pain! I never realized what a lifesaver it would be to have that man come knock on our door and fix the door for us. Since you ARE hauling all your groceries now from the driveway, do you mind if I come take a peek? :)

I love the plank! What a fun idea!!

Nicole said...

I feel for you. Our garage door opener broke a few months ago and we don't have an exterior door to it either.
I don't park in the garage, so I understand about people seeing everything you unload from the car. I'm sure no one else cares, but I sure hate it.

Heidi Ashworth said...

Houses are money pits, there's no getting around it. Or, rather, out of it. So sorry!