Now you can quickly and safely wind your garage door torsion springs. This
tool is great for new installations as well as for replacement torsion
Went to a house yesterday where the 'professionals'
replaced 7 window glasses without bothering to use
glazier's putty. Didn't even use clips. Evidence-one
of the glass portions was laying in the space between
window frame and screen.
In every profession, there are a few professionals, and
a lot of amateurs.
Torsion springs can kill or injure you. As can a table saw,
pistol, vehicle. The gene pool needs to be chlorinated regularly.
If a person doesn't know and understand what they're doing,
they need to not do it. Same applies to non-injurious things,
like computer repair.
But to try to propose that the only person that's competent to
work with torsion springs is delightfully selfserving to the knuckle-
draggers in the garage door business..
The point is that few people have experience with torsion springs and
may only have a reasons to do so once in their life. While many other jobs
can also be dangerous, people do tend to learn how to do the safely. They
also are more likely to have a family member or friend who knows the right
way to do it. I believe the advice to leave the adjustment of those
springs to the professional is sound advice.
It always seems funny to me that often, people (presumably professionals)
will respond in these newsgroups: "call a professional to fix it". Is there
anyone on earth who wouldn't have done that already, if they weren't
interested in trying it themself? That's the whole point of these
We all know that there's a professional out there who can fix it. However,
the people who ask questions here are usually: 1) pretty handy; 2)
interested in learning how to do something new; and 3) enjoy doing their own
work. So basically, the response of "hire a professional" is completely
useless. We knew that already.
It is also strange to me that so-called professionals would ever feel
threatened (if that's what drives this sort of response) by amateurs who
just want to learn a trick or two and do it themselves. In my experience,
when it comes to DIY, there are only two kinds of people in the world. The
ones who try to do just about anything themselves (if they have the time),
and the ones who will not. The quality of advice received here, has
absolutely no bearing on which kind of person you are and whether or not,
ultimately, you're going to try it yourself. So why not be helpful? Might
just save someone some frustration and possibly an injury, since they're
probably going to do it anyway...
It shows a lot of ignorance to shoot down a practical tool because
personally you don't happen to need it.
True, it's cheaper to use a pair of winding bars, but not everyone has the
confidence to attempt the replacement of torsion springs. Which is why the
SpringKing winding tool exists, to help people get the job done.
The statement, "The torsion springs (the springs above the door) should only
be adjusted by a professional.", should be considered a disclaimer for those
with less than adequate mechanical inclination. This same disclaimer will
be found on most competent garage door industry sites including
http://www.dasma.com /, http://www.doors.org /, etc. etc.
By no means would I not want someone to replace their own springs, it's
certainly simple enough to do. The only thing required is common sense and
simple hand tools.
Here's a word from one of my installers:
The springs you are replacing at your website, Kinch, are puny little
springs that any sissy can tackle, it makes me and my crew laugh to see
that you call them "dangerous". Try replacing something like a quadruble
set of 7-1/4 I.D. triplex springs for a 2000+ pound door, then come talk to
us. Get real Kinch.....
That is funny, but how many homeowners have a 2000+ pound garage door? I am
pretty sure Kinch did not intend that people read his web site as prepartion
for repairing 2000+ pound doors. this is alt.HOME.repair... not
No. First you said "should only be adjusted by a professional". Then
you offer a tool that purportedly helps the non-professional who lacks
"confidence". Which is it?
No, that's not a disclaimer, it is your absolute assertion that NO do-
it-yourselfer should EVER touch this work. Are you saying we shouldn't
trust the plain sense of your words? That you speak in obscure code
langauge regarding risky procedures?
Those groups exist to protect the people in the biz, and to limit
liability, not to promote the prudent maintenance of doors. Which is to
say, not a complete or trustworthy source of information on the
technical subject of garage door maintenance. This is especially true
of their publicity such as on their Web sites.
Simple? Then why your double-talk about "only ... professionals"? Why
the need for a tool for the timid?
You contradict yourself.
What a bunch. Sometimes you say it is dangerous! You'll be maimed or
killed! Only professionals should touch! Then you belittle those who
call attention with critical analysis to your self-serving
exaggerations, and who publish and promote technical instruction for
free, laughing and calling them "sissies". And finally, you want to
sell us a tool.
If they think a winding bar is a sissy's tool, then what do they think
of the customers buying your little crutch-gadget?
The critical value in reading your self-contradictions and mockery is
nil. No one learns anything, or is even entertained.
You, like too many in your industry, appear to be running a business
that succeeds based on keeping the customer ignorant and frightened,
rather than simply providing a service with honest value. That's no way
to get ahead. It's a version of disparaging the competition, where the
"competition" is do-it-yourselfers working on our own homes.
I still don't know your opinion of us do-it-yourself'ers. Are we
hopelessly incompetent sissies, or potential buyers wisely considering
You're babbling, do yourself a favor get off the sauce.
Do-it-yourselfers are not my competition, they are my customers.
It's just people like you that think you're holier than thou that can take a
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