Garage Door Cable Replacement

Garage Door Cable Replacement

How to Replace Your Garage Door Cables December 16, 2014 Recent Articles Tags buy garage door spring buy garage springs cheap diy DIY garage door spring replacement door easy garage garage door spring garage door springs garage spring garage spring replacement garage torsion spring how lubricant maintenance remove repair spring springs to torsion tutorial video Before beginning any project ensure that you have all the materials necessary to complete the job. The size of the door will determine the cable size, for example a 7ft door you will use an 8’6” cable. Sizes of the tools used for this project may also vary in size, have various sizes available. You will need vice grip or locking pliers, replacement cables, winding bars, wrenches, sockets, ratchet stepping ladder, gloves, and safety glasses. No loose fitting clothes or jewelry should be worn, proper foot wear like work boots, gloves and safety glasses are all recommended to be worn at all times. Beware of pointed edges and small frays on cables to avoid injury.  To begin unplug and you must disengage the garage door opener by pulling on the emergency release handle this should be a red rope with handle that is located near the opener or the top rail depending on your opener . By doing so this allows you to open and close the door manually. Open up the door and use a vice grip just below the bottom roller on both sides to hold the door open while you change the cables. Go to the center of your door and loosen the sets screws on the springs with 1/4 turns. Remember to fully insert winding bars and use both bars at the same time to prevent injury. Do not get in the way of the bars.  Continue to unwind the spring until all of the tension has been removed, if your door has two springs do the same with the second spring After all of the tension has been removed from springs take your wrench and begin to loosen set screws on cable drum at the top left of the door, then remove cable from cable drum. Towards the bottom the of the door take your ratchet and socket of appropriate size and remove the bottom lag screw from the jamb bracket. Remove bottom bracket, then remove the cable from the bracket. Install new cable onto bottom bracket, thread this cable up to the cable drum at the top of the door. Remember to do this for both sides of doors. Insert cable into the slot of the cable drum, make sure that the cable is property set and not overlapping. Wind cable onto cable drum and slide the cable drum over to the bearing plate and turn the drum counterclockwise direction until the cable is tight, now tighten the set screws. Do not over tighten. While holding the cable use your vice grip pliers on the metal rod that goes across entire door against the wall to hold it in place and go onto the right side of the door and follow the same steps. After these steps have been completed you can now increase the tension on the springs using your winding bars remembering to only increase tension at ¼ turns at a time to not over wind springs. Remove locking pliers from metal rod at the top of the door, re-engage door by pulling down emergency release and lifting door until you hear it double click into place and plug opener back in. It is impossible to predict all repair circumstances. These steps must be followed in order to prevent any damage to your door and or person. Share via Twitter Facebook Google Email ← Previous Post Next Post →
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Garage Door Cable Replacement

Recent Articles Tags buy garage door spring buy garage springs cheap diy DIY garage door spring replacement door easy garage garage door spring garage door springs garage spring garage spring replacement garage torsion spring how lubricant maintenance remove repair spring springs to torsion tutorial video Before beginning any project ensure that you have all the materials necessary to complete the job. The size of the door will determine the cable size, for example a 7ft door you will use an 8’6” cable. Sizes of the tools used for this project may also vary in size, have various sizes available. You will need vice grip or locking pliers, replacement cables, winding bars, wrenches, sockets, ratchet stepping ladder, gloves, and safety glasses. No loose fitting clothes or jewelry should be worn, proper foot wear like work boots, gloves and safety glasses are all recommended to be worn at all times. Beware of pointed edges and small frays on cables to avoid injury.  To begin unplug and you must disengage the garage door opener by pulling on the emergency release handle this should be a red rope with handle that is located near the opener or the top rail depending on your opener . By doing so this allows you to open and close the door manually. Open up the door and use a vice grip just below the bottom roller on both sides to hold the door open while you change the cables. Go to the center of your door and loosen the sets screws on the springs with 1/4 turns. Remember to fully insert winding bars and use both bars at the same time to prevent injury. Do not get in the way of the bars.  Continue to unwind the spring until all of the tension has been removed, if your door has two springs do the same with the second spring After all of the tension has been removed from springs take your wrench and begin to loosen set screws on cable drum at the top left of the door, then remove cable from cable drum. Towards the bottom the of the door take your ratchet and socket of appropriate size and remove the bottom lag screw from the jamb bracket. Remove bottom bracket, then remove the cable from the bracket. Install new cable onto bottom bracket, thread this cable up to the cable drum at the top of the door. Remember to do this for both sides of doors. Insert cable into the slot of the cable drum, make sure that the cable is property set and not overlapping. Wind cable onto cable drum and slide the cable drum over to the bearing plate and turn the drum counterclockwise direction until the cable is tight, now tighten the set screws. Do not over tighten. While holding the cable use your vice grip pliers on the metal rod that goes across entire door against the wall to hold it in place and go onto the right side of the door and follow the same steps. After these steps have been completed you can now increase the tension on the springs using your winding bars remembering to only increase tension at ¼ turns at a time to not over wind springs. Remove locking pliers from metal rod at the top of the door, re-engage door by pulling down emergency release and lifting door until you hear it double click into place and plug opener back in. It is impossible to predict all repair circumstances. These steps must be followed in order to prevent any damage to your door and or person. Share via Twitter Facebook Google Email ← Previous Post Next Post →
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Garage Door Cable Replacement

Introduction To Garage Door Springs Garage door springs counterbalance the weight of the door to make it easy to open and close. They serve the same purpose of counter weights used to balance doors in centuries past and in many doors today. For example, if a garage door weighs 100 pounds, a spring force of 100 pounds needs to pull against the weight of the door. This can be accomplished with springs that either stretch or torque special parts to assist in balancing the door. Introduction to Garage Door Spring Video. Introduction To Garage Door Counterbalance To safely repair garage doors it’s necessary to understand the forces at work. In this video you’ll learn how the door system is counterbalanced allowing the springs to offset the weight of the door throughout the doors travel. Standard Garage Door Torsion Springs Standard residential torsion springs are found on a shaft above the center of the garage door. These springs typically come in 1 3/4″, 2″ and 2 1/4″ inside diameters. Introduction to Garage Door Torsion Spring Video. EZ-Set Torsion Springs If your garage door has a broken EZ Set spring, you have two basic options for restoring your door to its previous working order. The simpler and safer option is to keep your EZ-Set system. The other is to convert to the Standard Torsion Spring system. Wayne Dalton TorqueMaster Torsion Springs Wayne Dalton’s TorqueMaster spring system uses unique hardware. The track radius is smaller than on most other doors, the cable drums are smaller, and the shaft has a unique shape. The torsion springs, instead of sliding over the shaft, fit inside the shaft. Sectional Garage Door Extension Springs Extension springs have four characteristics: length, inside diameter, wire size, and type of end. Even though springs have these properties, manufacturers generally do not make their extension springs based on the dimensions you may find on your door. Every manufacturer has its own design for making springs. One-Piece Garage Door Extension Springs There are two main styles of one-piece springs. The first is the standard spring. This spring is used by a variety of door manufacturers. If the top of your door has rollers that move along a metal track that extends horizontally toward the back of your garage, you have standard one-piece springs. Commercial and Industrial Torsion Springs Commercial and industrial overhead doors range from weighing a few hundred pounds to over a thousand pounds. Vertical-lift and high-lift door systems are frequently used in commercial and industrial settings to maximize space. Read below measure your old spring(s) and find your new torsion springs to purchase. Self-Storage Roll Up Door Springs One-piece curtain doors operate in a similar manner to steel-rolling door springs. Like a steel rolling door, the curtain on these doors wraps around itself as the door opens. The primary difference, however, is that steel rolling doors are made of interlocking slats, while one-piece curtain doors are just one piece of steel. While steel rolling doors are typically found in heavier commercial and industrial environments, one-piece curtain doors are common in self-storage facilities. Steel Rolling Door Torsion Springs The torsion springs on steel rolling doors work the same way as other torsion springs in the garage door industry. When the door is closed, the spring is wound. The spring is secured to a spring anchor bracket on one end and to the shaft on the other. When the steel rolling door opens, the spring in the barrel supports most of the door weight. The remainder of this weight is lifted by the chain hoist or the operator. How To Measure Garage Door Springs Measuring garage door torsion springs is precise, technical work. It often stumps experienced machinists, engineers, and garage door service technicians. In the door business, we often make mistakes ordering springs. The standard joke is that we’ll use them as boat anchors, but you may not have a boat! Click to learn how to avoid ordering a boat anchor. Video on how to measure your garage door torsion springs. How to Weigh a Garage Door Often we have to start from scratch and re-engineer the torsion springs for an existing garage door. We do this by weighing the door and providing the drum information, door height, and track radius. There are two ways to weigh a garage door. If you have winding bars and torsion springs on your garage door, you’ll find this video helpful. Video on how to weigh a garage door with torsion springs. If you have extension springs on your door, or if you don’t have winding rods for a torsion spring door, you’ll find these instructions helpful. Video on how to weigh a garage door with extension springs or torsion springs. Using Torsion Springs with Different Lifts The main reason is to maximize cycle life. Unmatched springs will usually have one with a shorter cycle life that will break first. If both springs are replaced at the same time, the remaining cycles in the unbroken spring will go unused. Back to Top

Garage Door Cable Replacement

Garage Door Cable Replacement
Garage Door Cable Replacement
Garage Door Cable Replacement
Garage Door Cable Replacement