Garage Door Issue - General DIY Discussions - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum
Advertisement


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > DIY Forum > General DIY Discussions

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes
Old 02-12-2015, 09:18 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Long Island NY
Posts: 156
Rewards Points: 159
Default

Garage door issue


An extension spring on my single garage door stretched and was no longer working. I bought a new set of springs and installed them. I adjusted it so it would not get pulled up or fall down when I left it halfway open with the garage door opener detached. I weighed the door and it is 140 pounds so I used 140 pound springs which matched the old springs.

The door worked great for months. A few days ago I noticed the rear track support bent in half. I cannot figure out what caused this. I am going to fix it this weekend but would love to know why so it does not happen again.

Thanks
Attached Thumbnails
Garage door issue-image.jpg  

Last edited by Troy32; 02-12-2015 at 09:21 PM.
Troy32 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-12-2015, 10:46 PM   #2
Exterior Construction
 
Windows on Wash's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Washington DC Metro Area (VA, MD, DC)
Posts: 22,346
Rewards Points: 8,416
Blog Entries: 40
Default


No bracing would be my guess. Double it up or put a strut on it.
Windows on Wash is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-12-2015, 11:17 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Long Island NY
Posts: 156
Rewards Points: 159
Default


It worked for 12 years and the other door is the same way. From the research I did it is correct. Trying to figure out what caused it. Must have been something to do with me changing spring I guess.
Troy32 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-13-2015, 12:20 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 4,928
Rewards Points: 5,010
Default


Did you put two 70 lb. springs or two 140 lb. springs.?
This can be tricky, even length matters.
To check, click on the link and scroll to the bottom. You will see, " Find my extension spring" fill it out and compare to what you purchased.

http://ddmgaragedoors.com/springs/se...on-springs.php
ron45 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to ron45 For This Useful Post:
Troy32 (02-15-2015)
Old 02-13-2015, 12:39 PM   #5
Newbie
 
dwaynesmithz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 3
Rewards Points: 12
Default


You suppose to use hinges instead only screw because the spring is too strong to hold the extension just along only with screw to join them into spring.


_______________________
Austin Garage Door Services
dwaynesmithz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2015, 12:14 AM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Long Island NY
Posts: 156
Rewards Points: 159
Default


Yea I definitely used the right springs. I think the issue was that I have high ceilings and the rear hanger is 30 inches which is very long. The person who installed it originally attached the hook for the spring right in the middle of the hanger instead of lower on the hanger.

I put up a new hanger and attached the spring a lot lower. Dwayne I would like to know what you mean by hinges. All the pics I could find on the Internet show the same hook I have.
Troy32 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2015, 08:39 AM   #7
Exterior Construction
 
Windows on Wash's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Washington DC Metro Area (VA, MD, DC)
Posts: 22,346
Rewards Points: 8,416
Blog Entries: 40
Default


The closer to the ends of the snapping, the less deflection. If you are really worried, double up the support or put some flat bar stock in there to brace it.
Windows on Wash is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Windows on Wash For This Useful Post:
Troy32 (02-15-2015)
Old 02-15-2015, 11:21 AM   #8
Member
 
funflyer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: AZ Wild Wild West
Posts: 216
Rewards Points: 432
Default


You need to move the eyebolt up about 15 holes and as close to the ceiling as you can get it. This is the strongest point for the angle bracing.
funflyer is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to funflyer For This Useful Post:
Troy32 (02-15-2015), Windows on Wash (02-15-2015)
Old 02-15-2015, 02:26 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Long Island NY
Posts: 156
Rewards Points: 159
Default


I used the garage hanger material from Home Depot and it was flexing a bit no matter where I attached the spring. I got tired of messing around and I am in the middle of redoing it with 3/16 angle iron. If this does not work I will just move.
Troy32 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Adding subpanel to Garage jimmyfloyd Electrical 2 11-09-2012 10:22 AM
Garage Roof Support & 2nd Floor Addition Info? olimits7 Building & Construction 3 10-15-2012 07:42 PM
Junction box feeding power to garage from house gmbojanowski23 Electrical 4 10-02-2012 11:20 AM
Expanding Garage INTO house (goodbye Den) texaopian Building & Construction 16 11-07-2011 11:32 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts