Richard has seen a sectional garage door, he has a picture of one on his web
page showing how he single handedly fixed a spring and didn't get killed
because he had the foresight to use an 18 inch lever. Most amazing thing
was he did this perched on a ladder.
Not bad for a PhD eh?
If you are not part of the solution, you are not dissolved in the solvent.
Hey, I just did read it. I skimmed it quickly but thought
it was pedantic, although he might have some good
theoretical info. What caught my attention and gave me the
willies was the picture of a 12 point ratchet wrench on a
square head set screw. After another quick look, I see that
earlier in the article he has a monologue about picking a
wrench and finally selected an open end wrench for this
screw. That tells me he doesn't use tools much as any
non-novice would immediately have picked an open end wrench
(or even a Crescent wrench).
But why does he show the 12 point ratchet being used after
he goes through the mess about picking a wrench?
Enough critique since I'm not getting paid for this.
Oh, the ladder doesn't bother me, but he should have had it
against the front wall based on the direction of force
needed to wind the spring.
Bunk. You cannot remove panels from a sectional door without unwinding the
torsion springs. I defy you to find any such technique in Clopay's library
of installation manuals:
An interesting site, I'll have to look at a manual some time.
But why are you arguing against Pop, he is on your side. Or
is this supposed to be for me and you didn't put it in the
Well, let's assume that you are arguing against what I said.
First, no one said anything about removing a panel. It
was removing two wheels.
I just went out and looked at my door again, and suffice it
to say I did make an error. The cable is hooked to the
bottom of the lowest panel so that the safest way would be
to raise the door all the way to the top where there is very
little tension and then unhook the wheels and pull the
bottom panel down, probably requiring 25 pound of pull with
a well balance door.
On the other hand, your statement is incorrect. If you need
to replace any panel except the bottom panel, there is no
need to release the spring tension. You can even replace a
single middle panel. All you do is just clamp the bottom
panel in place. The spring doesn't know why it can move
further (gravity or a polar bear pulling on it). And I
don't care what Clopay says. You don't really thing auto
mechanics follow all the procedures outlined by the
manufacturer for changing parts do you?
Ok. Strike one--You don't really understand how mechanical
things work. Strike two--You mix up what other people say.
Strike three -- You think that there is only one way to do
something. Strike four-- You can't respond correctly in the
I really find it hard to believe that you are a Ph.D.
On Sat, 15 Jan 2005 05:03:48 GMT, "George E. Cawthon"
In this case, "Ph.D" stands for "Piled Higher & Deeper". Kinch also believes
that drinking large quantities of WD-40 is a harmless pastime. If the rest of
the world says "down", you can always count on Kinch to insist on "up".
You've obviously never been centrally involved installing a door like that or you
would realize it.
And you sir, are obviously very wrong. Removing the two
lower wheels of the lowest section has no effect on the
weight of the door or the weight/spring dynamics. All it
does it let the lower section swing inward, and if the door
is blocked up (probably by putting a clamp under the
wheel(s) of the next section higher, absolutely nothing will
happen. It won't even swing inward until you force it to.
This has nothing to do with installing a door. All the op
is trying to do is replace the rubber strip on the bottom.
Centrally involved in door installation? Nope never been
centrally involved, but I do maintain my wood door (much
heavier than a metal door) including tightening the springs
and all the brackets, wheels, and guides. Installing a
replacement door is quite straight forward.
Well, who cares. There should be no reason to do anything
with the springs just to change the bottom seal. But if
there is just rip it off and nail on a new one. Forget the
metal thing that the rubber slide in. Anyway, I think the
OP quit and went home.
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