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How to Install the Safe-T-Winder™

Wednesday, January 11th, 2023 at 4:31 pm by Philip Kendall

In this tutorial, Dan explains how to install the new DDM Safe-T-Winder™. The Safe-T-Winder™ is a new type of winder that winds standard torsion springs without the use of winding bars, by turning the end of the shaft. A power drill is all you need.…

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The Torsion Spring Safe-T-Winder™

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 at 4:14 pm by Philip Kendall

The DDM Torsion Spring Safe-T-Winder™ uses an ordinary drill to wind garage door torsion springs. Now you can wind torsion springs safely without winding bars!

The Torsion Spring Safe-T-Winder
Our Torsion Spring Safe-T-Winder™ easily winds springs on doors weighing up to 1500 pounds.

Historically, winding torsion springs has been one of the riskier aspects of garage door maintenance.…

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Caleb Penney – our new Customer Service Representative

Wednesday, January 11th, 2023 at 4:52 pm by Philip Kendall

Caleb Penney was born in 1999, on the cusp of the new millennium. He spent most of his childhood in the city of Dakar, and graduated from Dakar Academy in 2018. He started working for DDM in the fall of 2022, shortly after graduating from Wheaton College.…

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How to Rebuild a Serco Hold Down Unit

Wednesday, January 11th, 2023 at 4:42 pm by Philip Kendall

In this video, Dan explains how to take apart and then put back together a Serco dock leveler hold down unit.

Disassemble the Hold Down Unit

A Serco hold down unit in the dock leveler
Serco hold down unit in the dock leveler
Serco hold down unit that we used for demonstration purposes in the video.
Serco hold down unit used for demonstration purposes

To take apart and rebuild a Serco hold down unit, you will need 9/16″ and 3/4″ wrenches, as well as an adjustable wrench.…

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How to Replace Garage Door Sections

Wednesday, January 11th, 2023 at 4:37 pm by Philip Kendall

When a garage door has been damaged, often only one or two sections need replacing. In this video, Dan demonstrates how to replace a single section of a garage door.

Preparation

You will need come-alongs and at least three vise grips, as well as more common equipment like a ladder and power drill.…

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How to Install Extension Spring Safety Cables

Saturday, January 7th, 2023 at 7:27 pm by Philip Kendall

When extension springs break, they have a tendency to explode everywhere, making them very dangerous. Therefore, it is best to be proactive and install extension spring safety cables.

This is a relatively easy job to undertake, and usually only takes a few minutes.…

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How to Replace Garage Door Vertical Tracks

Saturday, January 7th, 2023 at 7:20 pm by Philip Kendall

Replacing damaged garage door tracks is important because the tracks hold the door in the opening and keep it from falling. Failure to replace the tracks can also cause premature wear to rollers, hinges, and cables.

In this video, we explain how to replace the vertical tracks on a garage door.…

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How to wind Spring King and Simple Set Spring Systems

Saturday, January 7th, 2023 at 7:06 pm by Philip Kendall

In this video, we explain how to wind Spring King spring systems, also known as Simple Set spring systems. These winders are no longer in stock, since they have been discontinued by the manufacturer.

Spring King systems work by stretching the torsion spring before winding.…

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How to Set the Clutch on a Commercial Jackshaft Operator

Saturday, January 7th, 2023 at 6:54 pm by Philip Kendall

If you are a garage door contractor who needs to set the clutch on a long row of doors with jackshaft operators, it is important to have a consistent method of adjusting them. This will avoid the extra time required to test, set, and retest each door.…

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Philip Kendall

Thursday, January 5th, 2023 at 4:44 pm by Philip Kendall

I’m currently a Freshman in college, working part-time as blog editor and contributor for the DDM garage doors blog. I started work at DDM in the fall of 2022, but I met Dan Musick, the company’s founder, at a wedding in 2017.…

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How to Lubricate the Torsion Spring Safe-T-Winder™

Saturday, December 31st, 2022 at 1:16 pm by Philip Kendall

In this blog post, we walk you through how to lubricate the new DDM Torsion Spring Safe-T-Winder™. As well as the winder and lubricant, you will need a power drill, a screwdriver, and something or someone to hold the winder.…

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