Garage-door fixes keep rain at bay

Rubber gaskets, new paint job endure winter's wrath

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Q: Our sectional garage door leaks when it rains. After the most recent rain, we are convinced that rain is not only seeping in from the bottom of the door but is also getting through one or more of the horizontal sections. Is there an easy fix for this or am I doomed to replace the entire garage door? This has become a serious problem. A: Unless your garage door is falling apart, we think that a good dose of weather stripping and a good paint job will stop the flood. There seems to be some confusion about the source of the leak. So the first thing to do is find out where the water comes from. Is it entering from the top, the sides, the bottom or through the door? To determine this, close the garage door and have someone spray it with a garden hose with a sprayer attachment. Try to re-create the weather conditions when it leaks the most. If it leaks most in a wind-driven rain, try to simulate those conditions. Also pay attention to any daylight you see at the top, sides or bottom...