How to Shorten and Bend a Spring - DDM Garage Doors Blog

Posted December 8th, 2017 at 6:53 pm by Dan Musick

Sometimes a customer will order the incorrect spring, and we will try to offer the least expensive solution. If the spring is too long, one option is to shorten and bend the spring. This can be performed with a torch or a hand grinder, such as a Dremel tool.

First, remove the cone at one end. We show how to do this on our Torsion Spring Cone Replacement tutorial.

The next step is to cut off the extra coils. For more detailed instructions, see our video tutorial about how to cut torsion springs.

Next, if you don’t have a vise, you can bend the end of the wire using a vise-grip and a pipe wrench.

A person using a vise-grip and pipe wrench to bend the end of the spring wire.

Grip one side of the spring 180 degrees from the end with a pipe wrench that is tight enough to keep the coils from slipping. Grip the last half of the spring wire. Then, push down on the pipe wrench and the vise-grip at the same time.

After shortening and bending the spring, reinstall the cone in the spring. If you need to replace your springs, then our YouTube video titled “How to Replace Garage Door Torsion Springs,” may be of additional interest to you.

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