That was indeed the case up until the innovation of self-serve gas in the
1970s due to price shock in the energy crisis.
Back then you needed a pro, er, 17-year-old boy working for minimum wage to
pump gas safely.
Unfortunately, "Fools rush in where angels dare to tread."
Too bad Darwinism has been corrupted by several generations of liberals
who believe that nobody should be responsible fow what they do to
themselves and have decreed that the rest of us should chip in to rescue
them from their own messes. That means we have to pay for many years of
maintainance for some brain injured clod who refused to observe a
motorcycle helmet law.
(End of rant...)
We think it's an easy job, because it is. If you read the thread, the
OP has stated several times that he has the extension type of spring,
not the torsion type. That was quite clear from the very first post.
As to what is dangerous, that is up to the skills and knowledge of the
individual. There are lots of people that shouldn't work on
electricity, but I rarely see such hysteria directed toward them.
Doug Miller ( email@example.com) writes:
I wasn't aware the pros are born with this knowledge. Didn't they have to
"ask how to do it?" Is this not simply a learned technique, versus an
inherently death-defying trade? Does this require special tools, versus
stuff that you can find in a hardware store? If you don't know, you
oughtn't be concluding whether or not someone can do it.
Hard to trust those who are gullible enough to believe that obscuring email
addresses reduces spam. One little slip, and ...
Doing a garage spring isn't rocket surgery. One can do it with a couple of
tools and a couple of pieces of rebar.
Just as using an axe is not a complicated thing, until you learn, the
potential for serious injury due to slip ups and inexperience are high.
It's not something to learn on. It's something to have a pro come and do.
Fingers are worth more than the Franklin an experienced workman would charge
to change one. A guy who changes ten a week will know how to do it.
Yes, the average Joe could learn to do it, but changing one now, then
fifteen years from now when it fails does not build experience very fast.
And an inexperienced person messing with a bag of snakes like a broken
garage door spring is just plain dumb. Ignorant is never having been told
how to do something. Dumb is doing something you don't know how to do, and
not heeding the cautions.
Oh, we evolved. It is just that there are branches on the family trees.
Some modern people do thing like "call experts". Others do bright things
like leave their children in hot cars. It's not always the best thing to be
a "real man."
The trouble with stupid people is that they are really fertile.
Oh, I can fix them. I just choose to pay someone else to do it. How can I
be angry about being able to do that? I have done things like pulling a V8
engine and rebuilding it; contracting my own house; remodeling several
income properties; contracting government projects; yada yada yada.
But there are some things that I just won't mess with because they aren't
Garage doors are one of those. A call by a good garage door repairman will
diagnose and fix things that the average DIYer wouldn't even see.
But, if you can't afford a service call by a professional, by all means,
So because some of us choose to do a simple garage door spring repair
means we can't afford a pro? Yet you obviously think that doesn't
apply to you pulling and rebuilding an engine? Which of those repairs
is more within the scope of what an average homeowner has the skill,
equipment, and tools to handle? Geez!
Incredible how some people think and rationalize foolish things in
On 9 May 2006 09:31:36 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Hmmm... Let's see... Can you pull and rebuild an engine with just an
adjustable end wrench and two short pieces of steel rod / rebar? I
don't know about you, but I'm not *that* good... Although I've never
had a garage door with extension springs, I have no doubt that I could
figure out how to change them... Hell, I figured out how to change my
first set of torsion springs many years ago and even managed to still
have all my body parts attached... It's not rocket science...
Yah. And incredible how some of us miss the obvious. Like extension spring
vs. torsion spring.
My comments on torsion springs stand. My comments on torsion springs when
the actual conversation was about extension springs are retracted.
It's a simple thing.
I made a mistake.
Apparently you can't follow a thread -- the OP made that clear _farther_down_
in the thread, not before I posted this. I agree now that it is clear he has
extension springs, not torsion springs -- but I still stand by the comment
that if he has to ask how to do it, it probably isn't a job for him.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
I can read and follow a post. The OP said that he has a single bay
garage door and one spring that was 1 1/2 in diameter snapped. It's
was clear to anyone with knowledge of garage doors that this is an
extension spring, because torsion springs are bigger in diameter.
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