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Garage door torsion springs
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What is a good internet/web store to purchase a torsion spring for my garage door? I'm finding plenty and just want to make sure I order a quality spring from a reputable store.

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Mark

dj1
Re: Garage door torsion springs
dj1

The manufacturer of your unit is your best source.

Caution: if you want to replace your torsion spring yourself, you better know how to do it and have the right tools. One mistake and the thing can be deadly. No joke.

No experience? call a garage door company. Trying to save a few bucks can cost you dearly.

A. Spruce
Re: Garage door torsion springs
A. Spruce
dj1 wrote:

The manufacturer of your unit is your best source.

Caution: if you want to replace your torsion spring yourself, you better know how to do it and have the right tools. One mistake and the thing can be deadly. No joke.

No experience? call a garage door company. Trying to save a few bucks can cost you dearly.

I would recommend a local company to source your torsion spring from, and absolutely, 100% agree with dj1 about knowing what you're doing, without a doubt, or leave it to the professionals. By the time you source the spring, get it to your house, and hassle for several hours trying to get it safely installed and functioning properly, a pro can have it done and be down the road for little more than you'll pay for just the spring.

Just to reiterate a point that cannot be stressed strongly enough, this is a very dangerous thing to do, when things go wrong, at the very least you can wind up with a broken wrist, a worst case scenario can result in death.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Garage door torsion springs
Mastercarpentry

Tons of stuff can go wrong here. Spring can break and scatter shrapnel; torsion bracket and it's attachment can fail; winding lever can fly out; lever may slip out of the pocket; lever sleeve can break; torsion bar can come free of wall; cables snap; cable mounts can come loose; and I'm sure I missed a few. It only occurs near maximum tension too, which releases a huge amount of force instantly.

I ain't skeered a'nothin, but these worry even me. And I know what I'm doing with them and how to do it safely. Call a garage door company and have them give the whole thing a look-over while they're repairing the spring as you enjoy a scare-free beer or coffee. It's worth the cost.

Phil

Fencepost
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Fencepost

If your garage door has more than one torsion spring, replace both at the same time to ensure that the torsion is applied equally to both. Replace the cast fittings/brackets that the spring attaches to. Also replace the lift cables; if the old spring broke due to age, the lift cables are probably also worn and ready to fail. Inspect the hinges and rollers; replace any that show any signs of wear.

Metal fatigue in the springs, brackets, and lift cables cannot be discovered through visual inspection.

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