Two Trucks, One Very Unlucky Garage Door

8 Jan

As I was perusing the analytics for this site it was brought to my attention that someone in particular was looking for a certain story from me. So here’s the story that had someone searching for the keywords “garage” and “door” on the very same day that this event took place.

It wasn’t too long ago that I was writing about Bill and the episode of him putting his truck through my garage door. If you’re new to Mommyland you can read all about it HERE.

I relentlessly teased him for being so careless. You know what they say, “what goes around comes around”. Karma is a cold, cruel bitch and she had waited for the perfect moment.

Bill was out of town on business and the kids were acting like crazy people. We were running late to get Cameron on the bus and Logan to school and I was a little frantic. It was cold that day so I got the kids in the truck before opening the garage door.

As I jumped in the truck and hit the door button, I got my seatbelt on and started the truck. I checked my mirror, put the truck in reverse and slowly started to back out and a few seconds later the loudest crunching, bang I had heard since Bill put his truck through that same door made me jump and come to a stop. The door was not all the way up!

When I got out of the truck I saw the door was bent out and off the track. I think I said shit about a hundred thousand times.

Oh, but remember, we were running late for the bus and school. I turned the truck off and told Logan to stay put until I came back and I ran Cameron down to the bus stop where of course his bus driver was late.

I called Bill. Thankfully he didn’t answer. I texted him to call me ASAP but then thought better of it and told him not to call. Total lunatic move but I think after ten years together he’s used to it.

I called my parents. Thankfully they live in a neighboring town and are always willing to help when I do something stupid.

My dad came right over and I could tell he wanted to yell at me and I could see the disappointment all over his face but he hugged me and helped me get the door back on track. He left the house with Logan and then the adventure to get the truck fixed began.

Oh wait, I skipped over what I did to the truck. I ripped the roof mounted antenna out of the roof and put several large dents and scratches up there. The mast was completely broken off the rest of the antenna and the thing was flopping around the roof. Dad taped it down before he left though.

Mommyland

While dad was helping me, my mom was texting my sister who just so happened to have her car dealing husband off for the day. He told me not take it anywhere yet and to send him photos and my VIN and he’d see if he could get the part.

He did!!! Then he even offered to install it for me.

At the end of the day I had a new antenna on the truck and the door is able to go up and down again. There is a dent at the bottom but from the outside you can’t really tell anything is wrong unless you know. Maybe we’ll get it fixed someday or maybe we’ll just replace it with some pretty carriage doors. I still need to get the truck in to have the dents and scratched fixed but for now everything is in working order.

So back to Bill. I didn’t want to tell him what I had done until after he had given his presentation. The last thing I wanted was for him to not do well because he was upset with me. I avoided his calls most of the day and when I talked to him I told him nothing was wrong. I did come clean later that night when he called and he was amazingly gracious considering we were only ten days away from our vacation.

Two trucks and one very unlucky garage door. There you have it, it was no big deal and the worst part is that I can no longer make fun of Bill for sending his truck into the garage.

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25 comments
JackMoore89
JackMoore89

Wow, sounds like quite a day! But I've always felt that there's nothing wrong with a frantic day to break the routine. It seems like in the end, everything turned out okay. In my opinion, those are two important things to always remember when you're particularly stressed, or having a day like the one you're describing; "this will make me stronger" and "everything will be alright in the end". http://kjsgaragedoorrepair.com/Repair/ 

DanielaAdams
DanielaAdams

That was a very intense day for you! I'm sorry for your unlucky experience, but hey, stuff happens... I once backed into our garage door as well. See, I was a new driver and mixed up brake pedal with gas pedal... Our poor garage door took a really bad hit that day! Had to hire professionals to fix it, and had to take the car to the auto shop as well. That was a good lesson! http://www.sandiegoproqualitygaragedoors.com/Garage-Door-Repair-San-Diego-CA.html 

AddieRoss
AddieRoss

My son just got his license, and he just did the same thing! He was in a hurry to get to school, a didn't wait for the garage door to go all the way up. I guess it happens to the best of us! It's really cool that you got so much help with repairing your truck after this happened! 


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jasonshwartz1224
jasonshwartz1224

This very same thing happened to my friend right after getting his new car. Something that is really interesting is that some parts of the garage were not damaged. It just came down to replacing the actual door. That can make the overall repair a little easier I feel. Thank you for sharing your story. http://www.americasgaragedoors.com/jacksonville--fl-1.html 

avalaurie86
avalaurie86

I feel like every garage owner has gone through this at least once. It happened to me a couple of months ago with I first got it installed. Sadly, my antenna was a thick plastic that extended the heights of my car and the garage knocked it off http://www.crosstowndoors.com/services.php

Pyrrho
Pyrrho

It sounds like you had a pretty traumatic experience. I've had my fair share of garage door experiences as well. I've knocked off side view mirrors, and completely took the door off of its track another time. Luckily, it wasn't too difficult to get it replaced.  http://www.kellysgaragedoors.com/services 

robbhardy3
robbhardy3

Your husband did the same thing and then it happened to you? You're right, karma. It's a good lesson to learn. Sometimes patience is the key, even when we are late, because we may damage something that takes more time and makes us even more late. It's unfortunate that you hit your garage door. Did you guys end up trying to fix, or just replace your garage door?

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FelicitySandy
FelicitySandy

Oh no! The fifth paragraph made me laugh a little bit when you said you hit the garage door just like Bill did. However, I felt the similar embarrassing pain that you probably felt in that moment the other day. I dented my garage door when I was looking at a text as I drove into the garage. The same thing happened to me where the door wasn't all the way up at that time! I really need to pay more attention to my garage door moving up when I'm in the truck. 

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tedsmith575
tedsmith575

I am so sorry that this happened. It really stinks to have something like this happen because now you have to worry about fixing it. A similar experience happened to me a few years ago. I was parked in the driveway and I thought I put my car in reverse. When I pressed the gas, my car ran into the garage. I had to get my garage repaired. Hopefully you will be able to find a good garage door repairman.
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James Lisbon
James Lisbon

I remember when my brother was younger he got behind the wheel of our car and accidentally drove it into our garage door.   Luckily, he was okay, but it was an interesting experience.   This article reminded me of when that happened to us, so I can see how it could happen depending on the circumstances.   There seem to be services that can help with fixing any problems or damages that might occur to a garage door.  http://www.thegaragemedic.com/garage-door-repair-dallas-ft-worth/ 

Koko
Koko

Thank you, a "silent" syndrome indeed. I understand all too we. 

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Koko
Koko

My son drove through the garage door once, he hit the front of the garage as well trying to reverse while in drive. I always think of it as a nice opportunity to get a new garage door. I actually was able to bend it <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llGO-LhP3Fs">back into shape</a> for a few weeks

CaseyJones1
CaseyJones1

Oops, I know how that feels.  I accidentally jumped the gun on reversing out of the garage before and messed up the garage door.  Luckily we were able to take an auto body hammer to it and pop most of the dents out.  The garage door isn't as pretty as it used to be.  Maybe I will save up and get my parents a new garage door.

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MarcusFillion
MarcusFillion

Very classy tape job! Props to your dad on that one. It does sound ridiculous that someone could back through their garage door, but as you've just proved, it can happen to the best of us. At least you guys knew exactly who to call-- please tell me if the repairman laughs to hear you backed out of the garage door twice! | http://www.keystoneoverhead.com

AshleyReed
AshleyReed

My son drove through the garage door once, he hit the front of the garage as well trying to reverse while in drive. I always think of it as a nice opportunity to get a new garage door. I actually was able to bend it back into shape for a few weeks, but we need to find a new one to put in soon. I'm thinking we'll get something cheap until my son learns to drive better. http://www.aagaragedoor.com 

jaytoolman92
jaytoolman92

Something similar happened to my mom a few years ago. You're lucky that only your antenna was ripped off. My garage door had a huge dent in it for about 6 months before my dad did anything about it. Good thing your safe and there wasn't too much damage done. http://www.aaapanelsandrollerdoors.com.au/service