lift cable came off garage door, how do I rewind the cables back o the two end pullys?


I have no experience with torsion bar on my garage door. My other house had lift springs which was pretty eaisy to fix. My wife backed out of the garage and pushed the door in and the cable came off. What a loud noise that was. the cables wraped around the end pullys, no tension now.!! My question is how do i reset the tention, lift the door up all the way to re wrap the cable around the end pullys? What is the best way to do this, The garage door is 8ft wide 7ft high. any advise would be great. Thanks Kell
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Call a door guy. No, really. Those torsion springs can be incredibly dangerous to tension.
I do my own plumbing, electrical, virtually all types of home improvement. I've fixed my own appliances. I even moved a gas line once. I won't touch the garage door springs.
-Tim
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kell wrote:

Kell-
Here are some comments lifted from replies to this sort of question in the past

yourself.
But, if you insist, at least go here and study, study, study before you start:
http://www.truetex.com/garage.htm
Jeffry Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE) <<<<<<<<<
The website he mentions is very good.......I am very handy, very careful and very gutsy but I re-read the website info whenever I go to fix a torsion spring door system that is misbehaving.
I've done torsion spring adjustments & replacments on my own doors......I've even re-set a door where the bottom panel had jumped the trck & "folded back" onto the rest of the door.
You've got to be VERY CAREFUL...if you don't understand the mechanism & the info contained in the website you'll be better off not attempting the repair yourself.
You've got to be alert, rested & have a fair amount of upper body & grip strength; if this thing gets away from you, it can REALLY hurt you!
I've done the simplier stuff alone but with the "foldeed door" my 20 year old son supplied a much needed second pair of hands & extra muscle.
another reply from the other time

time. <<<<<<<
If at all in doubt get a pro to do it for you or have someone dial 91 when you start.
cheers Bob
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I read the info at this site, talked with one of the suppliers he recommended in Atlanta, met him at a shopping mall, bought and installed the springs all in one day. All I needed to purchase was the pair of winding rods, which I needed anyway since I had just bought three sectional doors for my new shop that I was about to install. The repair of the first door, and the installation of the next three couldn't have gone more smoothly. A helper might have been beneficial, but not necessary.

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Ya know I used to think that anyone could fix garage doors and truely thought it wasn't that big a deal. HOWEVER yesterday I went over to the neighbors house, and helped him with his door...and was pretty shocked to see a huge gash in the ceiling.
Well being of the curious type...I asked what happened...and he said the cable came off the garage door. After talking with him more, I found out removed the bottom roller bracket while it was under tension. You guessed it...all hell broke loose and the ceiling now has a hole in it. Man I would of hated to have been there when that happened.
I used to advocate to anyone to fix their own...no more. DAGS and determine if you have the skills necessary. Look for your model's owners manual, if you can't fine it, look for one that in the same family and you can determine if you have the skills necessary to re-set the door. By the way...no you don't just push the door up and end up with a working door.
Seriously I wish you the best, and for gods sake please be careful.
DAC

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Seriously.
Unless you know *exactly* what you're doing -- and, no offense meant, you don't, or you would just do it, instead of asking here -- this can be *very* dangerous.
Call a garage door pro. Please.
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Regards,
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
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kell wrote:

As others have said, call a garage door service company. The torsion spring type doors in particular are very very easy to seriously injure your self working on. I fixed mine myself, but I was extremely careful and didn't enjoy it one bit. Working the tensioning bars while standing on a ladder feels a bit like juggling hand grenades with loose pins just waiting for one to go off.
Pete C.
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