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Question DetailsAsked on 6/25/2016

Side spring install wood garage door

Set of 2 springs on one side of 8' by 12' 4" wood garage door installation procedure.

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I think this should answer your question - assuming you mean a tilt-up door.

If you mean coil springs on a roll-up door, then you can find a fair number of previous questions with responses in the Home > Garage door link in Browse Projects, at lower left.

Generally, all used springs should be replaced at the same time to avoid wracking the door - but especially with the coil type, where a weaker spring (or pair) on one side can really make the opener work harder. Sometimes it has enough slack to be tightened upto compensate, sometimes not. But they break generally based on the number of cycles they have seen - so if one broke, the other is probably not too far away if same age, so generally easier to just replace all of them on the same trip.

If you are looking for the procedure - coil springs (around the axle on a roll up door) I do not recommned as a DIY thing - see response linked above. The side springs on tilt-up doors generally are not real tightly stretch in the slack position (door open) and can generally be roped off to hold it in place while fastener/bolt is removed or it is unhooked from the bracket, then gently eased off to slack and removed. Some you can actually just stretch a touch by hand and remove - basically no tension in the up position. Others you have to puot a rope and pulley or a come-along on to slack it off, and to stretch the new one to mount it. Others have a threaded tensioner bolt that you slack off first to remove the spring, put new spring on, then tension it back up to the right tension for the door to open with just a 5 pound or so lift on the handle.

Check your door manufacturer website for installation instructions for your door.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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