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Adjust the springs on Your Garage Door

If you have enough technical skills and knowledge to recognize what is going wrong with the adjustment of torsion springs on your garage door, then you can handle the small problems on your own. But you are at a loss when you think about fixing and handling the springs on your own, take a break. Although fixing and maintaining the garage door can be a little bit challenging but handypersons can handle the task themselves without having to pay extra cost to professionals. Here you will find actions to take in order to readjust or replace the springs on your own.

Although there are two types of springs we are talking about garage door torsion springs. Torsion is the principle of twisting an object due to stress being applied to it. Torsion is also defined as the tendency of the force to rotate a device around its axis. Garage door springs bear the whole weight of the garage door as it goes up and down.  In case, you don’t have an automatically operated garage door with an electric opener, you will still have either torsion or extension springs. Torsion springs are placed at the top of an overhead garage door. They come with metal shafts that are used to operate the torsion springs so that they can lift the drums that are attached to the cables connected at the bottom panels of a garage door. Don’t forget that the amount of pressure stored inside the torsion springs can be extremely dangerous to handle by ordinary handypersons unless they have clear instructions that they have to follow accordingly.

Start the project by collecting the required tools including a 7/16” wrench, a long wooden ladder, and two 18”x1/2” tension rods for springs. Shop around to get other different parts of your garage door. Once you have collected all, find the reddish-colored cone which is placed around the spring probably on the left-hand side of the torsion spring. Inspect the springs thoroughly to find out the notches and screws. Pick one of the torsion rods and then shove it securely into the first notch. It will help you to hold the placement with the cone and to provide you safety measurements and stops the springs from snapping back onto your face while losing the screws of mounting brackets.

Loosen the two sets of screws with the help of a wrench. It is important enough that your tension rod should be adjusted properly to prevent the springs from snapping. Once you have loosened the screws, put the other tension rod into another notch on the same cone.

By holding the rods, you will be able to shift the cone either to the left or the right to loosen it or tighten it respectively. Do the necessary adjustments, and then remove one of the tension rods before tightening the screws and nuts. Tightening the screws and nuts inside the mounting bracket will ensure that your new adjustment will be functional and save to work.  Once you have secured the first rod, it will be safer to remove the second one.

As you can experience that adjusting or replacing the garage door torsion spring is not a difficult job to handle as long as you follow the instructions. If you are not confident enough, it is strongly recommended that hire a professional garage door expert to handle the springs.