Broken garage door repair

Broken garage door repair. Unplug the garage door opener and secure the door to the track. Unplug the garage door opener to keep the door closed. Use clamps or C-clamps to secure the door to the track to prevent it from opening when the tension is released by the springs. Loosen the set screws while supporting each spring with a winding bar. Place a sturdy ladder to the side of the springs, rather than working directly in front of them, for added safety. Put on protective goggles and leather gloves. Push a winding bar into the bottom hole of the winding cone on the outside of a spring. Use a spanner to loosen the 2 fixing screws. Keep a firm grip on the bar as the spring will expand strongly when the screws are loosened. Repeat on the other side.

Broken garage door repairIf you don’t have winding bars, you can make your own. Buy 2 metal bars 18 inches 46 cm long with a diameter of 1/2 inch (1.3 cm). To make sure the bars fit into the holes in the winding cone, file the ends. Using a screwdriver, awl or pliers to unwind the bars can cause serious injury, as these tools are not designed to hold the spring in place. Avoid standing on a bucket or chair to reach the springs. Use a sturdy ladder to minimize the risk of injury.

Broken garage door repair – Relax Every Spring with 2 Roll Up Bars

Place the second winding bar in a hole in the winding cone at an angle perpendicular to the first. Unwind the spring ¼ turn at a time, moving 1 winding bar to the next open perpendicular position after each ¼ turn. Repeat on the other spring. Remove the nuts and bolts, then slide the springs onto the end bracket. Using a wrench, remove the 2 nuts and bolts that hold each spring cone to the center bracket. Then slide each spring up to the end bracket. Attach the tube and remove the springs, cables and cable drums. Use clamps or C-clamps to secure the torque tube to the center support to prevent movement. Then use a wrench to loosen the set screws on both lift cable drums.

Disconnect the lifting cables, then slide the cable drums and springs out of the torque tube. Securing the tube is an essential step that will prevent the tube from moving and causing injury, so be sure to lock the tube in place.

Measure the length of the relaxed spring.

Unfortunately, you cannot measure the springs while they are installed, as their tension will give you an incorrect measurement. Now that you have removed the springs, use a tape measure to find the length of the entire spring, end to end. You will need this information in inches to order replacement springs. If one spring is broken, measure the other for the most accurate numbers.

Broken Garage Door Repair – Determine Spring Inside Diameter and Coil Sizes

Thread a tape measure through the opening at one end of the spring. Carefully measure the inside diameter of the spring so that you can provide this information to the supplier. Next, use a tape measure to find the length of 10 turns in the spring. Divide the length by 10 to determine the measurement of a single coil. Coil sizes range from 0.0135 to 0.625 inches 0.034 to 1.588 cm.

The standard inside diameter of a torsion spring is 2 inches 5.1 cm. Many torsion springs are 24 inches 61 cm long. If you think the coils are the wrong size, which could be contributing to the problems you’re having with your garage door, use the size and weight of the door to calculate the correct size from a spring weight manual.

Order spare springs

Many manufacturers and distributors only supply torsion springs to professionals and do not sell them directly to the customer. Fortunately, they are readily available on the internet, so search online for replacement springs. Make sure they match the size, length, and inside diameter of the springs you removed. Also be sure to order a “left hand” spring and a “right hand” spring as the coils are wound in different directions. It is better to buy double life springs, which are stronger and last longer than standard springs. It’s worth the extra $50-$60. Ask the supplier for a recommendation on how many times you should turn the springs to apply the correct tension when reinstalling them.

Broken Garage Door Repair – Check for Other Worn or Rusted Components

While the door is de-energized, check other components. If you notice any worn or rusted parts, replace them before installing the new springs. For example, if you detect a frayed cable, replace it now to avoid dismantling the door later.

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