garage door spring

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Old 02-04-01, 12:32 AM
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Hi,

Just had a garage door spring break, the problem seems to be that the garage was in the closed possition. I can't raise the garage door even while trying manually with the opener disconnected. When I go to replace the spring with the door in this position, the spring would have to be stretched further than possible. How do I handle this?

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Old 02-04-01, 08:36 AM
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Assuming you have one spring on each side, I wonder if it would help to have one person pick up on opposite side of door while another provides a little resistance on spring side. If you do manage to get it up and relieve tension of spring be sure and place some c-clamps or something similar at bottom of door in up position, so that it does not come sliding down with a thud. I was amazed at how heavy my door was without the springs attached.
 
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Assuming you have one spring on each side, I wonder if it would help to have one person pick up on opposite side of door while another provides a little resistance on spring side. If you do manage to get it up and relieve tension of spring be sure and place some c-clamps or something similar at bottom of door in up position, so that it does not come sliding down with a thud. I was amazed at how heavy my door was without the springs attached.>>> You definitely do not want to attempt anything with tension on spring, either installing or removing. It is also important that the same tension and type of springs are on both sides. Also some types of springs have to be handled by people with proper tools. In addition there should be a safety cable run thru some springs in case it shld break. I Can see where they could be very dangerous.
 
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Old 02-04-01, 05:49 PM
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Tell us, are these extension springs, or torsion springs, and can you get in the garage via another door?
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Old 02-05-01, 01:26 PM
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It was an extension spring that broke, I finally did get the door open and had no trouble replacing both springs. Garage door works fine after adjusting the tension cables and down force on opener. Thanks for your help.

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