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reauterry

04:57AM | 02/22/06
Member Since: 02/23/04
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I had a spring break on my garage door no problem putting new in but how to I get the new spring to stay in the wound up possision?

I had if for a while then it broke loose and the door went flying. Thanks Terry

k2

02:30PM | 02/22/06
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi Terry,

Garage doors are very heavy--400 lbs is not out of the ordinary! If a spring breaks, please consider hiring a pro!

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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doug seibert

04:32AM | 02/23/06
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
Here's a site with some info.....read it all first......

"Read......Understand......and Follow...."

http://truetex.com/garage.htm


k2

05:26AM | 02/23/06
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Wow, great site, Doug! I think last time I had a spring break (several years ago), a pro installed a new one for under $200. Seems like a bargain.

Thanks for your post!

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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reauterry

06:13AM | 02/23/06
Member Since: 02/23/04
56 lifetime posts
I found a spring from the last owners of the house he said was up in attic just so happens to be my brother -in-law any way got it changed and used electric drill to wind it up this time and it stayed thanks for your help and that was a good web site.

Thanks again

Terry

Billhart

06:58AM | 02/23/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
Yes, there are a couple of types that have a "crank" on them that alloww you to wind the springs with a drill or ratch.

But the majority of torsion springs require the use of two steel bars that go into holes and used to rotate the spring 1/4 turn each time.

And they are prone to kickback and breaking arms.

Now I will do most anything small projects (and some large) from concrete to electrical to plumbing, to DW, to appliacne, to structural.

But when spring broke in my door I had it down. I have a HEAVY 18 ft WOODEN door. Took two guys almost any hour. Most of that time was disassembling and reassembly to replace the spring.

And that for $125.


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