What did you do IN your Garage today?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by JimVonBaden, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2007
    Oddometer:
    4,594
    Location:
    The Occident
    Garage door openers just provide automation and convenience. The spring is the real muscle. It provides the majority of the lifting force; it also allows for safe and controlled descent of the door.

    Torsion springs (what you have) are never at rest, so to speak. When correctly installed, they are always under some tension. As mentioned, a DIYer who gets it wrong during installation or repair will be at risk of significant injury. Please don't try to be penny wise and pound foolish here. Call a pro.
  2. Buster Grumpy

    Buster Grumpy Sucker for "great deals"

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Oddometer:
    232
    Location:
    TN
    I'm no pro... and I've done it and survived. Keep in mind, I'm an idiot. Watch a few youtubes on it and determine for yourself if you can handle it. For me, it wasn't a big deal. I bought the right tools, figured it out, used extreme caution and was successful. Then I cursed lowes and home depot for being too skeered to actually sell useful parts because I had to order everything online.
    hollerhead likes this.
  3. tominboise

    tominboise Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,914
    Location:
    Boise, ID
    I've had three springs break in the 18 years we've been in this house. I called a door company to replace them every time. Worth the $$ to me to get it done. They also look over everything else while they are at it, so not a bad idea.
  4. Black Hills

    Black Hills Long timer

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,734
    Location:
    Western South Dakota
    get the right tools, don't try using a screwdriver to wind it. it could* slip off smashing your hand against the header, causing a jerking reactions that knocks your ladder over. just take me workd for it....
  5. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,873
    Location:
    South Jersey... Close to the Pines
    Hmmm... Why do I get visions of Wiley Coyote?
    Black Hills likes this.
  6. Dave in Wi

    Dave in Wi Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,434
    Location:
    Madison WI (40 Square Miles Surrounded By Reality)
    All good now. Got 2 new springs & cables, opener adjusted, 3-year parts and labor warranty for less than the last folks charged to replace one spring.

    [​IMG]


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    mf13368 likes this.
  7. lkraus

    lkraus Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2012
    Oddometer:
    436
    Location:
    Central Ohio
    Matches my experience. Broken spring in the morning, one phone call, replaced and adjusted by evening. Some tasks are better left to the pros, just because sometimes they can do the job better, safer and cheaper. I might have adequate knowledge and tools, but not the experience to make it worth my time or safety.
  8. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,873
    Location:
    South Jersey... Close to the Pines
    Put the new front wheel bearings in and put the wheel back on...
  9. flyinfuzz

    flyinfuzz 2 Quarts low

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,072
    Location:
    At the bottom of the stairs
    Yep had the job helping install them . Best calls were when a homeowner nuked the dyi job. Bits and pieces everywhere ,homeowner bandaged up, few times doors with dents in them . All the while the homeowner telling us how we needed to do it while pointing with his splinted fingers .
  10. GR8ADV

    GR8ADV Pow right in the kisser

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2007
    Oddometer:
    982
    Location:
    Northwet
    Dumped 1/2 gallon of gas while making the Rade garage tank swap. Ms ADV not impressed with a house that smells like pit lane...
    hollerhead and Zubb like this.
  11. the.seeker

    the.seeker Adventurer

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2013
    Oddometer:
    48
    Worked on the DR650 carb. Bike sat for a while and will start up with full choke but dies at idle. I did the jet kit (145 main for now) and cleaned out the idle jet and ran brush wires through every hole I can find trying to unstick whatever was sticking. I didn't see anything dislodge though. I'm hoping this fixes it... I'll find out Saturday.

    Pro tip for those nightmare JIS screws. I didn't slot it out with a dremel or buy the correct screwdrivers. Vice grips and a lot of pressure undid them in seconds.

    [​IMG]
  12. greasyfatman

    greasyfatman Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2014
    Oddometer:
    1,624
    Don't call precision doors. Rip off commissioned techs. No set prices and will break things when the home owner goes away. I worked there briefly.
  13. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,873
    Location:
    South Jersey... Close to the Pines
    Opened the door and rolled in this steal...
    1995 Honda ES 6500 generator. Electric start, water cooled, twin cylinder OHC.

    IMG_20180711_173154.jpg IMG_20180711_173204.jpg IMG_20180711_173214.jpg IMG_20180711_173249.jpg
    BlueHeart, ohgood and MrCrisper like this.
  14. gonerydin

    gonerydin Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2012
    Oddometer:
    259
    Location:
    Iowa, USA
    The 08 Accord chucked the friction material from one rear pad the other day. So today I replaced pads & rotor on the bad one. Will wait for the heat index to dip below 90 degrees to do the other side. Working on cars is hard for an old fat man.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    greasyfatman, ohgood and HapHazard like this.
  15. roger123

    roger123 Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,195
    Location:
    VA Beach, VA
    Waxed the wife’s car, always good for a kitchen pass...

    Attached Files:

  16. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,873
    Location:
    South Jersey... Close to the Pines
    Beats the hell out of waxing your carrot!
  17. tominboise

    tominboise Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,914
    Location:
    Boise, ID
    Not in the garage but next to it - torqued the lug nuts on the car trailer, gave each wheel bearing a shot of grease and set all tire pressures to 60psi, including the spare. Getting ready to haul the autox car to a tirerack tour event in the next state over tomorrow.

    Also washed and polished the tow rig, including washing the inside of the windshield, since I will be heading west in the afternoon/evening.
  18. gonerydin

    gonerydin Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2012
    Oddometer:
    259
    Location:
    Iowa, USA
    Not sure about that!


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    SnoDrtRider likes this.
  19. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2010
    Oddometer:
    7,565
    Location:
    alabama

    something isn't installed properly if you're averaging a spring every 4-5 years.

    I don't get all the fear and uncertainty with garage doors... use two pipe wrenches, a little common sense, and it's easy. no worse than say, changing a tire. I'd bet someone has ended up under their motorcycle, pinned by it's weight, in the middle of the desert, while trying to fix a flat... but this is a garage door, surely people aren't ejecting themselves and suffering life ending injuries?
    Black Hills likes this.
  20. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    Oddometer:
    19,266
    Location:
    Moneyapolis, MN
    If you guys get time, watch all this dudes videos. The oil ring install, blew my mind.

    3shot likes this.