How much tension do i put on my garage door springs?


Old 10-28-13, 08:20 PM
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How much tension do i put on my garage door springs?

I was closing the garage door yesterday and a wooden rod got jammed in the track. The garage door popped off several rollers and one of the cables came off the reel. I tried to feed the cable back on but ended up taking both cables off and the spring unwound. I figured out how to wind the spring up safety.

So my questions are, how many times do I wind up the spring? There could be a lot of trial and error that I would like to avoid.

Any and all help would very much be appreciated.

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Old 10-28-13, 10:49 PM
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For a lot of people..... tightening/adjusting the tension on a torsion bar system is not a DIY job. The stored power in that spring can hurt or kill. You MUST always be aware of what you are doing and keeping yourself away from flying parts and tools.

Make sure you have the proper bars that fit into the adjustment hub. Don't try using a screwdriver or similar tool.

Tightening a torsion spring is more or less a trial and error job. There is no set amount of turns to preset it to.

There are many videos on you tube illustrating the proper way to adjust the tension.

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