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Question DetailsAsked on 2/21/2015

inspectors says my garage door installer use an S hook to hold the springs into place is that safe?

door opens and closes fine....

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Assuming you mean an extension spring - long coil springs alongside the side of the door going from the door to a frame mounting, not coil springs wrapped around the axle over the top of the door - then that is a normal way to attach them - with or without S hook to adjust spring length to specific door type and weight. I personally do not remember any code ever saying they had to be closed up after installation. I do not see a hazard - because the only way the spring is likely to detach is if it breaks elsewhere or stretches out a lot. If worried, you should be able to use a C-clamp or even channel locks to squeeze the loops down enough to close up the gap so the spring cannot escape the S-hook.

If you mean a tightly coiled torsion spring (works by wrapping tighter) that is around an axle over the door (paired-one to each side of center), then I don't see how an S hook would work, but definitely wrong. I don't know that it is "dangerous" as such because the spring is wrapped around the axle so it is not going anywhere, but I can see it popping off at some point. This is type of installation I am talking about, and spring should be restrained in a special hub at each end -

Answered 5 years ago by LCD


Update - some code areas now require closed link connector at the ends of side springs, and some require a cable or restraint strap down the center of the spring so it cannot go anywhere if it breaks.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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