Fixing a Stuck Garage Door is easier than you think!

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Fixing a Stuck Garage Door is easier than you think!

What could be more frustrating than realizing you have a broken garage spring... when you're
sitting inside your car... in the garage... and you're about to leave for work?

Instead of taking time off from work to meet a repairman, and then paying a lot of money for the
repairs, I thought you would like to know about a great resource on the internet to help you fix
your broken garage door.

I hope they don't mind me sharing this information with you, but guys at DIY garage door parts
were super helpful to me when my spring broke and they can empower you to take control of the
situation and teach you how to fix a broken garage door spring yourself. Just watch their how to
videos, then order your parts. You only pay for the garage door springs and parts - the online
tutorial video library, advice, expertise and support are free.

Here are the tools you need to replace a broken garage door torsion spring:

* Two winding bars. You need these to remove tension from the existing springs at the beginning
of the project and add the proper tension to the replacement torsion springs at the end.

* Vise grips. This will keep the torsion shaft from falling out when you remove the old springs.

* Wrenches: 9/16, 1/2 and 7/16 inches, 3/8-inch square head, or eight-point socket.

Before you get started, keep in mind that the second, unbroken spring still has tension, so wear
safety goggles and have your winding bars in the torsion spring before you loosen any tension.

Here are the basic steps for replacing a broken garage door torsion spring. Watch the video to
make sure you catch all of the important details!

1) Release tension in the torsion spring. Place a winding bar in one of the holes in the spring's
winding cone, and release the tension one quarter turn at a time.

2) Release the springs from the center cone with a 9/16-inch or 1/2-inch wrench.

3) Clamp your vice grips to prevent the torsion shaft from dropping when you take off the old

4) Loosen the keys on the broken spring, slide the spring towards the end, loosen the keys on the
drum, remove the cable, and slide the drum towards the middle of the torsion bar. Repeat this
process on the other side of the garage door.

5) To remove the old torsion spring, slide the torsion shaft towards the middle of the garage door,
remove the drum and slide the first spring off.

6) Make sure you're using the proper torsion spring for the left side (black paint) and right side
(red paint). The wire should come over the top of the spring.

* Bonus Tip: If you have a plastic center bearing, you can only replace it by removing the torsion
springs. This is a good time to upgrade to a commercial steel center bearing with a much higher
cycle rating. It also keeps the torsion shaft from rubbing against the center bracket.

7) Remove the vice grips from the middle of the torsion shaft and bolt the springs to the center

8) Add tension using your winding bars. This will require approximately 30 quarter turns for a
seven-foot door and approximately 33 turns for an eight-foot door.

9) Leave one winding bar propped up after the last turn and tighten the keys with about a 3/4 turn.

10) Wind up the cable at the ends and tighten the keys on each drum.

11) Lift up on the spring that has tension with your second winding bar to remove the first winding
bar. Then set the tension on the other torsion spring.

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