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talljetsfan
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Removable garage door posts
      #65651 - Tue Jun 06 2006 10:03 PM

Hello,
I'm trying to make my own vertical garage door post using a 4" x 4" post. I would like to find a bracket I can slip the end of the 4x4 into then secure it to the concrete floor using standard lead anchors. I also need a part to secure the top of post to the header.
Anyone out there have any ideas?
Thanks so much!
Running out of time in Jupiter, Florida!


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madmumbler
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Re: Removable garage door posts [Re: talljetsfan]
      #65855 - Fri Jun 09 2006 09:44 PM

A friend of mine has a retrofitted garage door, but theirs is actually steel posts that fit into brackets and counter-sunk lag sockets into the concrete where the bolts go.

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A Big Wind
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Re: Removable garage door posts [Re: talljetsfan]
      #66264 - Sun Jun 11 2006 04:55 PM

talljetsfan: Reinforce garage doors

According to BobVila's site - Hurricanes have taught us that garage doors are possibly a home’s greatest danger zone in a high-wind event. Bracing garage doors against failure has become the focus of code officials and manufacturers as buildings are built better to resist damaging winds. Most of the recent recommendations suggest just installing new, hurricane resistant garage doors.

Since not everyone will have the money to do put in a new door, retrofit kits are also available. You can expect to pay $100-$200 to retrofit your garage door. The kits include horizontal and vertical bracing to strengthen the door. However, the bracing increases the weight of the door, which may force you to also reinforce the hinges or opening mechanism.

Here is the most up-to-date NOAA page on retrofitting garage doors:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/retrofit/garage_doors.shtml



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talljetsfan
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Re: Removable garage door posts [Re: madmumbler]
      #66886 - Tue Jun 13 2006 07:28 PM

Thanks for responding!
Can you find out if they made it themselves or bought it from a company?
Thank you.


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Hootowl
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Re: Removable garage door posts [Re: talljetsfan]
      #66919 - Wed Jun 14 2006 06:43 AM

I know of a company that will install vertical braces. Windshield at 352-628-4307 or toll free 1-888-617-8676.

I do know that if you make the brace yourself you would want at least two if you have a double garage door and they need to attach to the hinges in some fashion. You do not just want to protect the door from being blown in but also from being sucked out.

Hope this helps some.

Dotty


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madmumbler
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Re: Removable garage door posts [Re: talljetsfan]
      #66921 - Wed Jun 14 2006 07:12 AM

Quote:

Thanks for responding!
Can you find out if they made it themselves or bought it from a company?
Thank you.




I'll have to ask them. The company that did their storm shutters might have made it, but it was a retrofit, not built into the house.

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talljetsfan
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Re: Removable garage door posts [Re: Hootowl]
      #66922 - Wed Jun 14 2006 07:13 AM

Thank you!

Please use the Personal Message capability for this type of post.n

Edited by Ed Dunham (Tue Jul 04 2006 07:03 PM)


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poolwatcher
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Re: Removable garage door posts [Re: talljetsfan]
      #66965 - Wed Jun 14 2006 09:34 PM

For the bad hurricanes, we parked our cars so that they were flush with the garage door on the outside, and parked the other cars so they were flush with the cars on the inside. Maybe it was nuts, but we figured the wind might have trouble battering the door if the big steel cars were in the wind's way?

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Re: Removable garage door posts [Re: poolwatcher]
      #66978 - Wed Jun 14 2006 11:19 PM

I've heard of parking the cars in the garage against the door to act as a brace against the inward pressure of the wind (I have no idea if it helps or not). Although parking the cars outside against the door might help to keep the garage door from getting sucked outward, wouldn't this also cause the wind to channel and increase the pressure against the exposed garage door areas?

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Tak
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Re: Removable garage door posts [Re: talljetsfan]
      #67728 - Tue Jul 04 2006 05:03 PM

Go to securedoor.com. I bought their product. Even if you dont go that route, the video at the website may help you with ideas as to how to best secure the door. The video is quite impressive.

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