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Garage Doors

Original post made by ccwc on Aug 8, 2013

Can someone enlighten me as to why I see people with their garage doors cracked open or even open a few inches to one foot? Is there something I don't know that I should be doing? Thanks!

Comments (20)

Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Pet cat?

Posted by right, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm


Posted by Gail, a resident of Parkside
on Aug 8, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I have two neighbors that leave their garage doors up about 10" or so. They have 2 cats and that is how they get in and out during the day when they are at work.

Posted by Jack, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 9, 2013 at 7:53 am

In my case, the door needs adjusting. It closes so hard that the mechanism thinks it hit something, so it bounces back up. Hit the button again and it stops. Most the time a few inches off the floor...

Posted by Mr. Cranky, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Aug 9, 2013 at 8:18 am

Many people don't realize that this is the most common way for snipes to enter their homes. These cute looking critters can be very destructive. Keep your garage doors closed at all times!

Posted by Runner, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Aug 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

We keep workout equipment in our garage. When we're using it we crack the garage door for light and ventilation.

Our neighbors with outdoor cars also keep their garage doors cracked to allow them to go in and out, too!

Posted by Steve, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 9, 2013 at 8:25 am

It's a good way to let all the neighborhood rats enter your garage and take up residence.

Posted by Susan, a resident of Val Vista
on Aug 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

We do it so the cats can get to their food and water and beds throughout the day! :)

Posted by G Zimmerman, a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2013 at 8:33 am

I leave mine open about a foot, and then wait for perps to try to sneak in. I then close the door once they are wiggling through, the safety on my grage door is off...

Posted by Really?, a resident of Birdland
on Aug 9, 2013 at 8:39 am

It sometimes amazes me the all important questions people throw up here. If your nosiness is that all wanting to know, why don't you go knock on the different people's doors and ask them why they are doing it. If you are looking for some type of across the board "acceptable" reason here or some deep dark secret about a particular neighborhood that has methane gas buildups so your garage doesn't blow are not going to get it. Maybe they did not realize the door did not close properly. Maybe they are getting some ventilation while working on a craft project that is drying, for their pets, because they are in the garage and want some privacy, they are running their dryer. Maybe it is to vent their drug lab. Maybe they just feel like it. Wow.

Posted by Lani, a resident of Birdland
on Aug 9, 2013 at 8:43 am

Our dryer vents out to the garage. We keep it open a few inches while it is running, as during the winter time it fogs up the car windows and rusts tools, etc. and during the summer it heats up the garage to unbearable temps.

Posted by Ken, a resident of Country Fair
on Aug 9, 2013 at 8:46 am

A great deal of people have their washer 7 dryers out in the garage. Makes sense to leave the doors open a little ways for ventalation.

Posted by Maggie, a resident of Valencia
on Aug 9, 2013 at 9:27 am

Wow...people can actually respond civilly in this forum. This has to be the first forum I've read through with the majority being helpful vs. snide.

Posted by member, a resident of Val Vista
on Aug 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

By opening the door a few inches we are able to cool the garage, which can get very hot on some of our summer days(kind of like opening your car door to let all the stuffy hot air out after it has been sitting in a hot parking lot.) Then we open ours early summer mornings as we have a whole house fan. It allows the cool air to come in, pushes the hot air out of the attic, then we can shut the house up and not have to use our ac.

Posted by mirian, a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 9, 2013 at 10:12 am

Now I'm in the know.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 9, 2013 at 10:59 am

A small opening is the best way to deliver a tasty pizza!

Posted by Reader, a resident of Birdland
on Aug 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm

When my spring broke, the repairman said to not leave the door partially up or down. It puts the weight on the spring and stresses it. FYI

Posted by Resident, a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Aug 9, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Because garage dont have proper ventilation & insulation, it makes sense to keep the garage door cracked/opened, for air circulation.
In my case, I have a detached garage, so I keep the "inner door" (facing the entrance door) open instead of the garage door.

Posted by Stella, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 9, 2013 at 10:33 pm

I leave mine open for the local pet home burglar suspect to enter. All on camera of course.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 10, 2013 at 7:31 pm

What if you only record a peeping tom and not a pet home burglar?

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