Why is it that people are so damn afraid of springs. Are you afraid to
change the shocks on your car? Damn
you need: 2 bars maybe 30 inches long, not too long not too short.
Probably 3/8 or 1/2 inch diameter
wrench to fit the bolts in the outboard spring mount[square head on my
There are 4 holes in the outboard ends of the springs. The bars need to
just fit in them.
standing on a very sturdy ladder, you will need to first take the
weight of the spring with your shoulder. Stick the bar in the hole that
is closest to horizontal.If you let the bar loose it will go flying,
break your collar bone or somehting similarly ugly.
So you are standing on the ladder, door down, facing the door, bar
resting firmly on your shoulder. when you lift the bar you will see the
loosen the bolts clamping the spring retainer to the bar. the bar
should be weighing on your shoulder, not any space in between you and it.
The force will now be on your shoulder and not on the door.
Take the second bar and place it in one of the holes above the one you
are using and push it up, away, towards the door/wall.
This will allow you to remove the bar resting on your shoulder.
carefully lower the second bar till it rests on your shoulder
When there is no force left on the bar, you can do the other side.
tightening is the reverse process
Note that there is always a bar in the hole, so that the spring can only
spin less than half a turn and is not very dangerous unless you put your
head in there or use some old rotten piece of tubing instead of a
proper solid steel bar.
Completely replacing a spring is a little more complicated than just
adjusting, but not rocket science. Note exactly how the cable is wound
on the pulley.
Try this..... http://truetex.com/garage.htm
I used the above as a guide. Take a few digital photos so you can tell
how everything should look when finished. It took me a full day, but I
saved $800. Best of luck.
In many installations there is NO access when
closed. It would be nice to unwind it when the
door is open, but that just isn't possible in many
cases. Still, there is no problem if you work
slowly and carefully.
Follow the above instructions exactly. If you don't, you may die. No joke.
These springs have as much as 47,000 ft lbs of energy stored within them.
This is enough energy to raise a Volkswagen higher than a two-story house
(or fling you a city block), or bake 15,000 pizzas.
Because people who are not sure how to do it tend to get injured and
I have changed shocks in my car, but then I have some knowledge of what
I was doing. I did not have to ask in a news group how to do it.
There are things that not everyone should attempt.
well, this is good for someone like you and me
i seen a dude climb a ladder with the tools you describe
one tool slips...the other tool is fixed on the overhead bar. the bar
from the spring...it spins around and goes into his wrist...it rips out
don't encourage this sort of thing
you should say...
"I am experienced with this sort of thing"
it is not for average homeowner
sure, if they had the right knowledge it could be painless and easy
but it's a once in a lifetime matter for most and they should
hire a professional
sorry, I agree and disagree.
I believe in giving people appropriate information. I think my
description is accurate. Including the door being down. Neither of the
doors I deal with can be adjusted with the door up, the door is in the
way. PLUS, the door can't fall when it is already down. Anyway, I warned
the guy he could break his collarbone, the most likely injury IMO, other
than getting scared and falling off the ladder.
Is this guy capable?
I dunno, that is for him to figure out.
I learned by asking and figuring it out myself.
Maybe he learns the same way
If he does, all the 'call a door guy' comments are pretty useless.
You will. On occasion see me tell people to call someone, but this is
the one topic that irks me.
A spring compessor in changing a shock is MUCH more dangerous than a
stupid garage door. Why? Because it is removed compressed, energy
stored. A garage door spring is removed slack, when it is wound, it is
restrained by the shaft. If it breaks, it will scare the crap out of
you, but it cannot travel anywhere, unlike the 120 lb/in spring on the
back of my car
no apologies needed
in general, it is the square holes where you put your bars that become
even if it looks simple it is not
i know this because, i know the torque behind it...
i also know if one does not have strong hands, quick reflexes
etc...and are just generally soft handed...they don't wanna
fornicate with it...
you end up with 2 bars in your hands with enough pressure to snap dey
or break a finger etc...
so get real this is not everyday changing ac filters in the house
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