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Old 04-12-2013, 02:57 PM   #63721
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If you need help with the garage door spring let me know JD.

ive messed with them a little bit, even made me some tools to make it less scary.

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Old 04-12-2013, 03:02 PM   #63722
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If you need to find that broken "whatever" just let me know. Today was the day for that.

Went to drive somewhere...the garage door doesn't go up. Close look = broken torsion spring. Part found online and ordered...ka ching. $$$$

Took the mower housing off the rider. Found a nearly broken drive belt. Found parts online and ordered...ka ching $$$$

Went to put blades that I sharpened back on the mower...found a broken mandrel housing. Parts found online and ordered...ka ching. $$$$

Went to turn on lights in shop. Nope. Found a broken switch. Fortunately, I had a few extras left over from remodeling.

Fortunately, when the lights didn't go on in the shop I failed to go inspect the bike. Otherwise, I have no doubt I would have found something broken on Ole Blue.

To prevent further problems I went to the frige, grabbed a couple of beers and locked myself in the office. Popped tops and Jeff Beck turned up high have prevented further challenges.

But if you need something bad found...just call.

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Old 04-12-2013, 03:13 PM   #63723
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Thanks for all the sympathy guys! Yeah right. Y'all just want to come over and drink beerz. Can't blame you, but.....

Seriously, thanks! When I get the spring Matt I may have you help me with it. Sounds like it can be a SOB to get it wound up, adjusted and tightened unless you're an octopus.

And by the way, you're all welcome to come over and help me raid the garage refrigerator any time.

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Old 04-12-2013, 03:15 PM   #63724
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Good choice on the music
Moved on to Joe Henry now for a bit more funk. I'm less apt to throw things when he's on.

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Old 04-12-2013, 05:03 PM   #63725
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Thanks for all the sympathy guys! Yeah right. Y'all just want to come over and drink beerz. Can't blame you, but.....

Seriously, thanks! When I get the spring Matt I may have you help me with it. Sounds like it can be a SOB to get it wound up, adjusted and tightened unless you're an octopus.

And by the way, you're all welcome to come over and help me raid the garage refrigerator any time.

-JD
Use a long extension from a socket set to tension the spring. A small crescent wrench works for the grub screw. Adjust the spring until the door is nearly weightless when closed.
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:08 PM   #63726
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Use a long extension from a socket set to tension the spring. A small crescent wrench works for the grub screw. Adjust the spring until the door is nearly weightless when closed.
I prefer an open/box end 7/16" so I dont have to fiddle with the adjustment on the grub screws.

and you will need 2 of the extensions to wind it down safely.

I cut some round stock a long time ago, slightly under .500" dia

they fit better than a socket extension, and they are about 20 " long so you get good leverage.

makes it a less scary process.
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:01 PM   #63727
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If you need to find that broken "whatever" just let me know. Today was the day for that.

Went to drive somewhere...the garage door doesn't go up. Close look = broken torsion spring. Part found online and ordered...ka ching. $$$$

Took the mower housing off the rider. Found a nearly broken drive belt. Found parts online and ordered...ka ching $$$$

Went to put blades that I sharpened back on the mower...found a broken mandrel housing. Parts found online and ordered...ka ching. $$$$

Went to turn on lights in shop. Nope. Found a broken switch. Fortunately, I had a few extras left over from remodeling.

Fortunately, when the lights didn't go on in the shop I failed to go inspect the bike. Otherwise, I have no doubt I would have found something broken on Ole Blue.

To prevent further problems I went to the frige, grabbed a couple of beers and locked myself in the office. Popped tops and Jeff Beck turned up high have prevented further challenges.

But if you need something bad found...just call.

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Old 04-12-2013, 07:37 PM   #63728
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Many thanks Kiwi and Mouth. Sounds like you guys have replaced those stupid springs a time or three. I appreciate the advice, especially when Mouth comes over and shows me how.

Albie...why are you letting your landlady wind your spring? ...or replace your belt? ...or play with your housing? ...or flip your switch to turn you on?

Lions and tigers and bears...OH MY!!!

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Old 04-13-2013, 02:12 AM   #63729
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Many thanks Kiwi and Mouth. Sounds like you guys have replaced those stupid springs a time or three. I appreciate the advice, especially when Mouth comes over and shows me how.

Albie...why are you letting your landlady wind your spring? ...or replace your belt? ...or play with your housing? ...or flip your switch to turn you on?

Lions and tigers and bears...OH MY!!!

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Old 04-13-2013, 02:49 AM   #63730
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Garage springs

If you have two springs you will have to unwind the old before you can remove it. Put a line across it while wound, chalk line or grease pencil mark. Then when you rewind it the line will be there to let you know you have it wound the correct number of turns. A lot of new springs have a line on then, so you can count the number of turns when you wind them. Make sure you don't reverse the way the shaft came off the door. If reversed you can have the spring come off the winding nut. You need to clamp the shaft so it doesn't turn when you are winding and while you tighten the set screws. Another clamp to keep the door from raising before you are done. Might want to stay away from the beer till you are done and watching it go up and down again.
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:56 AM   #63731
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Old 04-13-2013, 04:52 AM   #63732
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If you have two springs you will have to unwind the old before you can remove it. Put a line across it while wound, chalk line or grease pencil mark. Then when you rewind it the line will be there to let you know you have it wound the correct number of turns. A lot of new springs have a line on then, so you can count the number of turns when you wind them. Make sure you don't reverse the way the shaft came off the door. If reversed you can have the spring come off the winding nut. You need to clamp the shaft so it doesn't turn when you are winding and while you tighten the set screws. Another clamp to keep the door from raising before you are done. Might want to stay away from the beer till you are done and watching it go up and down again.
I'll be standing next to the refrigerator videoing Mouth just in case anything exciting happens. I figure with the right video and number of hits on YouTube this could end up being a profitable venture.

Thanks for the advice on marking the spring & # of turns winding.

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Old 04-13-2013, 04:53 AM   #63733
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here ya go JD
Thanks Doc!

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Old 04-13-2013, 05:08 AM   #63734
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Many thanks Kiwi and Mouth. Sounds like you guys have replaced those stupid springs a time or three. I appreciate the advice, especially when Mouth comes over and shows me how.

Albie...why are you letting your landlady wind your spring? ...or replace your belt? ...or play with your housing? ...or flip your switch to turn you on?

Lions and tigers and bears...OH MY!!!

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Old 04-13-2013, 05:10 AM   #63735
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