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Forum topic by Holbs posted 01-01-2017 02:50 AM 1143 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Holbs

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01-01-2017 02:50 AM

Friendly reminder for those with garages: insulate those doors!

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter


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TheTurtleCarpenter

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#1 posted 01-01-2017 03:08 AM

I insulated mine 2 weeks ago Holbs. I bought the kit from Overhead door Co. Huge difference !

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#2 posted 01-01-2017 03:37 AM

holbs , did you use 2 pieces per panel and squeeze them together?

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Holbs

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#3 posted 01-01-2017 03:42 AM

Yep Mike. I couldn’t figure out how to slightly bend the sheets. I tried :) I saw other you tube videos of folks cutting 5 or 6 notches so it bends. I just figured faster and more efficient to just cut in half, angle one piece up, angle another down to make a shallow “V” and push the center flat. Worked like a charm.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#4 posted 01-01-2017 03:47 AM

My door had a deeper grove at the top so cut to fit pushed it up into top groove then slid down slightly into bottom. I really make a difference on heat retention. Did have to tighten the door spring slightly.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 01-01-2017 03:48 AM

just an fyi that I have seen several garage doors with homeowner installed insulation rust out very quickly. The insulation seems to be trapping alot of moisture. It seems most prevalent on garages with a southern exposure. I don’t know the best way to prevent.

-- Paul M

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#6 posted 01-01-2017 03:50 AM



Yep Mike. I couldn t figure out how to slightly bend the sheets. I tried :) I saw other you tube videos of folks cutting 5 or 6 notches so it bends. I just figured faster and more efficient to just cut in half, angle one piece up, angle another down to make a shallow “V” and push the center flat. Worked like a charm.

- Holbs

Great idea, my door panels are taller than standard so i will have to make my own. great tip

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Holbs

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#7 posted 01-01-2017 03:59 AM

Paul, I thought about rust & condensation. Some other installations used construction glue or sealed up everything using “Great Stuff” expanding foam. I used neither. My garage door panels are raised inward a bit. This does not create a flat surface for the rigid foam to lay against, giving ample space of hopefully enough air flow. If worse came to worse, I could remove the foam panels and toss in one of those anti-condensation bags or something :)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#8 posted 01-01-2017 05:16 AM

I just replaced the 20 year-old door on the house I moved in to. The old one shook and rattled and I constantly feared it would come out of the tracks.

I went with the max insulated door they offered. The Liftmaster has WiFi so I can check the status and open it or close it from across the country. Pretty cool.

There’s a problem though. It’s so quiet that I can’t hear my wife’s arrival.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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