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Forum topic by SlimPickins posted 03-08-2014 04:58 PM 1289 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2014 04:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: damage barn door track

I had to chip away a bunch of ice and snow to get my “barn-style” garage doors open – the winter had frozen them in place. So I got the doors all dug out and I moved the right door all the way about 12 feet to the
right no problem. Trouble is, I cannot close it and I cannot get the 2nd door past it. I’m not at all worried as I can see the exact cultprit – the track is bent in (squeezed in) and it chokes on the handing bolt, trapping it from sliding further (see damage in attached pic). No biggie – I just need to unbend it and perhaps grind it down a little. Just cuirous if anyone can tell me which model track it is? This is just in case I want to buy a new one. I may just put up another layer of doors outside this until it’s fixed – so how much will two 7’ tracks be? I will make the doors myself since I don’t want plywood. No big deal on this – I’m not worried that I won’t eventually be sliding nicely. Just curious on an opinion or two. I will buy one slider just for test purposes. In the meantime, I have boarded my garage shut permanently as I don’t want to leave it open – my property was vandalized yesterday, the same day I opened the garage after a long winter of it being frozen shut. ?? So then I can test my repairs. One last question, should I just put one new track on? I don’t midd it if I have to do this since the unbending and grinding is a really hard job.

Thanks for any insights/experience. I realize I might just be able to grind it down but I would love to have a hangar to test – perhaps I’m too picky. It kind of looks like one could bend it with pliers (sort of unpeel it) but I would love a new track anyway.

PS
By the way, I realize that there is a huge amount of rust everywhere making it hard to get bolts and nuts
separated.

Here’s a pic, enjoy:

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#1 posted 03-08-2014 06:03 PM

Try the Tractor Supply Co. stores? They seem to have almost any farm/barn related.

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#2 posted 03-08-2014 06:22 PM

Thanks, I’ll check them out!

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#3 posted 03-09-2014 03:43 AM

Yep. Looks like pretty standard track and hangers that you can find at any decent farm store around here. You might try just sticking the end of a big pry bar and opening that track back up, but it also looks like there are other issues. If that door rolls like it looks, you’ll be a happy camper with some new hardware.

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#4 posted 03-10-2014 02:02 AM

Yes, I used a crow bar with my right hand and I reached with my left hand to get the door past
that bugaboo but it won’t go back in the other direction due to “the other issues” as you mention.

I will have to grind the metal down since it looks like the metal folded over a little. But I honestly
don’t know why the tracks are so not aligned that that would happen. I might patch it after I grind
it. Perhaps I’ll silver solder a splice for the 1/2” that’s damaged. I’m not really worried, but I will welcome any advice as I’m finding it hard to get motivated for this one. But I’m sure I will come up with something.

I might just do things one step at a time. First, grind down the metal. The metal is completely
folded over and looks almost as if it was welded in that position. I don’t think I can unfold it. But
tomorrow I will take a magnifying glass and study it really closely with a strong light. I might see
something that dawns on me. Perhaps I will be able to fold the metal back. If not, I will just
have to silver solder or weld a small fix-it piece. I don’t know how to weld but I CAN silver solder.
It might hold for a couple weeks. But I think there is an issue – your fix must be good quality because
it would be a crying shame to get your car accidentally locked inside because the door gets stuck.
It’s even a safety issue – I could get stuck in there – or a cat or something. The cats are actually
ok since they have a private little door so it’s mostly my car I would worry about. No big
deal.

So whatever I do, I will do a real professional job and take my time. It probably won’t be very
hard. The hardest part is be bent metal – it’s hard to bend it back since it doesn’t plastically
deform much – it’s springy metal. Well, tomorrow’s the day to start!

Thanks for your comments.

-- If a bug can't eat it, it isn't good wood

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#5 posted 03-10-2014 05:16 PM

I just went out and looked at it by standing on a log. It’s simple – it has 12 or 13 brackets each of which is screwed into the main beam by two large screws. So I might be able to take 26 screws out – oh boy, I can’t wait!

So I need a supplier of these tracks. I can then reshape the old one and sell it or use it as a back up or on another set of doors.

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#6 posted 03-10-2014 05:19 PM

I believe my track was manufactured in about 1949 or 1950 so if anyone knows where they might be. Perhaps some barn taker-downer would have them.

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#7 posted 03-10-2014 05:20 PM

I might only have to take out one track so it’s not all that much hardware and unscrewing I guess.

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#8 posted 03-10-2014 05:26 PM

Wow, this is beginning to look like a very easy 20 minute job provided I can find a new track. Provided …

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#9 posted 03-10-2014 05:30 PM

Perhaps I should call it a sliding garage door – not a barn door?

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#10 posted 03-10-2014 05:30 PM

We used to call it a carriage house.

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#11 posted 03-10-2014 05:37 PM

Our doors are not “carriage-style”, they are sliding garage doors. Carriage-style are single usually and they open on hinges.

Ours are called bypassing doors since you can slide them completely past each other – a nice feature.

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#12 posted 03-10-2014 05:44 PM

I now realize it’s called a box track.

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#13 posted 03-10-2014 08:06 PM

I believe the brand of track is National. This is a double track set up. You can still buy parts for it at farm stores & some lumber companies.

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#14 posted 03-10-2014 10:51 PM

It’s funny, I just met a guy from Tennessee who has the track – but he got it at Lowe’s! I couldn’t believe it – so I can probably just drive to Lowe’s to pick one up. It’s 1 3/4” x 2 3/8” box track.

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#15 posted 03-10-2014 10:51 PM

Wow, so it’s National – I’ll look them up, thank you.

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