Posted on 2015-11-18 by Author admin
All of the parts of your garage door Spring are definitely wear and tear due to the fact that it is used regularly and even several times a day. Hiring someone to frequently check on it and replace damaged parts could be costly. It would be beneficial to learn how you can do this on your own safely.
Steps to Repair Garage Door at the Time of Spring Torsion:
For starters, make sure you have the equipment required. You will need a stable ladder to climb on to. Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes. Due to the pressure, the spring might break up and hit you. Necessary tools will include an A7/16 and 9/16 wrench, vice grips and winding bars to control the tension on springs.
The garage door should be kept closed during this time and the automatic opener must be kept unplugged. The last thing you need is for the garage door to accidentally open while you are working on it.
Locate the spring torsion. When working with a dual spring system, even if only one is damaged, it is highly recommended that both units be changed and replaced for utmost safety.
To start, place the first winding bar in the set position facing out. When you hear it click, try to get comfortable with the torsion by slightly moving it up and down. Loosen the 7/16 screws. Place the second winding bar in the next set position. Remove only the first winding bar when the second one has been secured. This process must be repeated up to 30 times to get the spring out of torsion. Then, loosen the 9/16 bolts on the springs stationary sides.
Remove the old springs. Locate the drums, find the cable and unhook them and set it aside to avoid damaging it. Use the 7/16 wrench to loosen the drums found on both sides. Once the drums are lose, push the shaft through one side and remove the drums along with the bearings and springs. Keep the bearings for reuse.
Installing the new springs. Set the springs center back in place before winding them tight. When you are sure that the center bearing is set, align the springs on both sides and tighten them in place using the 9/16 wrench. Measure the length from the wall to the shaft at both ends. Balance them out evenly. Place the cables back into each drum found on both ends and realign them. Make sure they are tight in place using the 7/16 bolts. Then, the tightness of the cable must be ensured by putting a bit of tension on the spring. While doing so, spin the shaft until the cable is secured tight. On the shaft, clamp a vice grip and position it adjacent to the garage door so it stays in place. Tighten the springs and the second drum as well. Houston Garage Door Specialists will help you to keep it safe.
Lastly, use the winding bars to tighten the springs in place. This might require a number of turns before you find it to be secure. Tighten then the last set of screws.