Door Spring

Door Spring

PostBy: Dann757 On: Tue. Sep. 06, 2011 10:33 am

I went to the kitchen to nuke some breakfast leftover spaghetti, and heard a crazy loud noise. Garage door spring broke with tremendous force. I had just opened and closed the door to take the garbage out.

I was just at the work bench five minutes before. I was looking at a nicad battery operated dust buster; curious from the recent revive a battery posting here! That spring could have crushed my thick Irish head!

This spring is probably from the 60's. I've been meaning to put safety cables through the springs for........ many years.

What next ?! :mad:
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Too close for comfort!

Re: Door Spring

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue. Sep. 06, 2011 12:37 pm

I've had a few of those go. One while I was standing a few feet away from it ... but luckily I wasn't hurt. I failed to loop the steel cable correctly after installing a new door, & it shot off like a shotgun while I was on a step ladder adjusting the spring tension on the opposite side! :shock: It bent the steel support & adjuster like a pretzel. Certainly would've broken some bones had I been on that side ...

After the first one failed shortly after moving in here, I ran safety cables through all of them. I was amazed there was no damage to the Marquis. After that one strike, I fixed all of them - and good thing too, because one failed right after my '07 Silverado made it's home there for the first time. :shock: :shock: That would have really sucked with less than 100 miles on it ...
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