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Old 11-22-2011, 10:20 PM   #1
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i just bought a new overhead garage door
i am just wondering if i can just reuse the track and torsion spring with the new door?
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:05 PM   #2
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As long as they are the same size, it should be fine.

Depending on generation, there may be some incompatibility issues but in theory, it should work.

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By the same, he means the same weight. Torsion springs are matched to the door weight. It is best to not try and mix old with new.
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AW,
When I buy new garage doors from the wholesale suppliers, 80% of the cost of a new door is the sections. The track, springs, and hardware box are minor in comparison. If you picked up a new door, why didn't they sell you the track and hardware along with it?
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By the same, he means the same weight. Torsion springs are matched to the door weight. It is best to not try and mix old with new.
Ah Ha!

Missed that part. Obviously it depends on the weight of the door but as firehawk mentioned, the components are usually cheap and worth replacing.
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yah the door i got was everything i was just wondering cause it would save a lot of time
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Old 11-23-2011, 02:43 PM   #7
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yah the door i got was everything i was just wondering cause it would save a lot of time
Cordless impact works well, 7/16", 1/2" deepwell sockets. Speeds everything up.
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If you're replacing the door; and , you have new rails, hardware, springs -
that came with the new door - replace everything!
Do it once!
(It takes more time to go back and replace things later)

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thanks guys that is what i am going to do
you guys have any tips for me?
the manual says takes 9-12 hours to install, is that really true?
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Only if you're doing it with your feet.
3-4 is realistic if you're reasonably efficient.
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If you're replacing the door; and , you have new rails, hardware, springs -
that came with the new door - replace everything!
Do it once!
(It takes more time to go back and replace things later)

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Only if you're doing it with your feet.
3-4 is realistic if you're reasonably efficient.
+1 on both accounts.

Get the deep well sockets and a cordless impact driver.

3-4 hours is much more realistic.
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If you've never done a garage door before, I would plan on 6 hours.
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I just re-read your post.
"Torsion" springs!
If you have "torsion" springs and not "extension" springs -
Installing "torsion" springs can be a "DIY" project.
I wouldn't suggest it!

I've installed "torsion" springs and adjusted them - a long time ago.
Became friends with "pro" garage door installers -
They told me of the potential dangers of "playing" with them!
They play rough!!!
(Injury - death!)
I don't "play" with "torsion" springs anymore!

Install the door -
Then call a "pro" and have them adjust the springs -
Safer!
It'll, probably take them about, an hour.

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i can adjust these springs with a drill
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That type should be O.K. to DIY---the more common ones that take a rod or wrench to adjust are to dangerous for me----I once saw the adjusting rod stuck into the roofing 10 feet away when the pro lost grip----that thing would have changed his life if it hit him.

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