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Question DetailsAsked on 1/8/2017

I have a wooden garage door about 500 pounds. The ig left spring fell off. How do I re-attach it?

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Likely the end broke off, or the mounting bracket failed or wore through - because a spring should not just "fall off". But for how it should look and how it connects, look at other side - and I bet you will find part is broken off and missing or the mounting bracket hole wore through.

However, and assuming here we are talking an extension spring (hooked from door to door frame, typically about 4-8 feet long but some shorter) on a tilt-up solid panel door, normally if the spring is intact and usable you have to tie a rope through the spring a foot or so from the mounting bracket (which has the hole for the end of the spring to go through) and take the rope up around the bracket, to use like a block and tackle to tug and pull the end of the spring up to where it can hook to the door (or wall) again - commonly a two-man job. (Best to hook to door first, then try to pull to wall bracket).

Many types have a lever mechanism to open the door, so the spring is just a few feet long from the doorframe to the lever mechanism. For that type, many have tensions adjustments so your problem, if the spring is intact, might be tension went slack in teh adjustment part. Some (far from all) can actually be slacked off to put the spring in untensioned, then tightened to stretch the spring to the correct tension. Of course, both sides should be adjusted to the same tension.

With a really weak spring you might be able (when door is in position where spring is not extended, of course, in every case) to just grab ahold with heavy gloves and pull it into place by hand - though if that loose is probably not working right anyway. But be darned careful - get your hand caught by the end of the spring going into the hole or between the bracket and the end loop in the spring or pinched in the spring coils as it closes back up and you could - quite literally - be in a world of hurt, especially if you don't have another pearson standing by to pull the spring to give some slack or a cellphone in your pocket to call for help.

And here comes the roadrunner-coyote scene - you get your hand trapped by the spring, pull cellphone out of your pocket to call for help, but then drop the phone, and in grabbing for it kick the ladder out from under yourself, so you are dangling from the door screaming for help. Funny sounding, but I ran into that once on a new build - the door installer was doing just that, just "hanging in there" - had the most incredible blood blister on the hand from it, lucky he did not lose fingers or a hand and that there were other workers within hearing range.

Oh - and when doing this, be sure the door is locked so it cannot start to move when you are connecting the spring. That can also lead to some nasty owies.


If you happen to mean you have a roll-up door and one of the two springs popped loose on the shaft, then either the spring broke (usually the case) or it wore through the mounting bracket - in either case, time for a Garage Door repair tech. Lots of previous commentary on that and typical cost in the Home > Garage Door link in Browse Projects, at lower left.


Garage Doors is obviously your Search the List category for a repairman - premeasure the spring overall length and diameter to tellthe repair guy so he can bring ones in the right size range - and tell him door weight if you are pretty sure it is 500 pounds (which is incredibly heavy for even a two-car single tilt-up door).

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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