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How to Level a Metal Garage Door

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    LESLIE: Next up, we’ve got James in North Carolina who needs some help leveling a garage door. Tell us what’s going on.

    JAMES: The home that we have purchased, the garage door – the way they built it, the garage door is level but the ground is not. I guess they repaved it. I put in a threshold to try to raise up the ground a little bit. However, there’s still a gap.

    TOM: Is the garage door metal or wood?

    JAMES: Metal.

    TOM: Hmm. OK. Have you tried to adjust the garage door where, essentially, it’s sort of almost tilted in the opening so it strikes evenly?

    JAMES: Yes.

    TOM: OK. So if you’ve done all those things – of course, metal is inflexible in the sense – if it was wood, you could actually trim the bottom part of the door to match the angle. But since it’s not, since it’s metal, what you want to do here is you’re not going to be able to visually close the gap. What you could do is seal it by adding another piece to the back of the garage door.

    And let’s just, for argument’s sake, say it’s a 1×4 or a 1×6 with a – with weatherstripping on the bottom edge of it attached to the back of the door. And then that strip, actually, is mounted on the angle that it has to to seal tight to the ground.

    JAMES: OK.

    TOM: Do you understand what I mean?

    JAMES: It’s attached to the door but mounted while it’s on the floor, correct?

    TOM: Correct. Right. Mounted while it’s on the floor, so you get the angle correct.

    JAMES: So that you have …

    TOM: That’s right. That’s how you would line it up.

    JAMES: Right, OK.

    TOM: Yeah. There’s a way to kind of make that work.

    JAMES: OK. I appreciate your help.

    TOM: You’re welcome, James. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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