Grieving our garage door

Well, I am so sad to report that our garage door is no more. I mean, technically it’s still there until we find a new one, but it’s ruined. We’ve always loved that our garage door was a bit more unique than most and added character and interest to our house.

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I also always knew that its life span was probably pretty limited as it wasn’t in great shape. I really hoped I would have a bit more time with it, though, especially considering that we put soooo many hours into scraping, priming and painting it just 2 years ago.

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So what happened, you ask? A few days ago Andrew noticed that one of the brackets attached to the rollers was loose (one at the very top of the door). He took it off to bring it to the store with us to look for a new one, and before we left he told everyone (his brothers happened to be in town for a visit) NOT to push the button.

We started pulling out of the driveway, and I bet you can guess what happened next! Out of habit, he reached up and pushed the garage door button. It started to close and almost immediately we saw the first panel of glass fall out and shatter all over the floor. Then the next one, and the next one, and the next one. Then the door tried to go up, and couldn’t…and back down, and couldn’t, until finally it stopped. It was only a few seconds, but it seemed like forever!

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Immediately, I started freaking out (as I always do) and grabbed the camera to document. Meanwhile, Andrew’s brothers and one of his brother’s girlfriend helped him start cleaning up all the shards of glass. (Thanks, guys!!!)

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It was even louder and crazier than just the glass breaking, cause it also knocked a bunch of stuff off of this shelf. So that was great…

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Luckily the spring held the door part way open, so we unhooked the chain and unplugged the garage door motor just to be safe.

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Andrew pulled off the top piece of trim and knocked out any remaining glass, and now our door looks like this.

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And this.

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The sad thing is, the other panels are still ok for now. Technically, we could probably repair this door with new glass and a new piece of trim across the top. And new rollers, of course. But you know what they say about throwing good money after bad, or putting lipstick on a pig, or throwing pearls before swine. I could go on, but you get the point.

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It looks good in pictures and from far away, but a lot of the paint is already peeling, cracks are beginning to appear, and we know that repairing it would still only be a short term solution. So now we have the fun process of spending money on a door that could never be as cute as what we already have. We’ve already done extensive looking and haven’t found anything that we like that isn’t way too expensive for this house. So that sucks.

On the bright side, we had a good weekend exploring Arkansas with some of Andrew’s family! We realized we need to have a better balance of working on projects and exploring the area around us! We went on several awesome hikes with amazing scenery including waterfalls, caves…

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Stacked rocks. (Apparently, they’re called cairns?)

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And lots of fungi. I seriously think that was Andrew’s favorite part of the weekend.

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We went canoeing and got to witness two of Andrew’s brothers tip over their canoe, which is always a good time!

And we spent a few hours in the very quirky town of Eureka Springs, AR and ate some delicious food!

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All in all it was a fun weekend. Here’s hoping we find some time this summer for more adventuring and maybe do a little less project-ing. (Or just better time management and less laziness so we can do both!)

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Oh, and a new garage door that we don’t hate. That would be nice, too.

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