Rusty and Frayed Cables - DDM Garage Doors Blog

Posted September 21st, 2018 at 5:22 pm by Dan Musick

When a cable breaks, the first symptom is usually a crooked garage door. Rusty and frayed cables are usually the cause. However, it can also happen if one of the cables comes off one of the drums.

A white crooked garage door with the right side of the door lifted off the ground.

Garage door cables often fray just under the cable drum because of the rough grooves in the drum.

An image of a frayed garage door cable.

Sometimes the cables fray closer to the bottom of the door. Occasionally, the cable may fray at the top, but the broken strand loosens at the other end of the cable.

A frayed garage door cable near the bottom of the door.

Cables also fray and rust because of salt. With the door in the open position, a screwdriver removes the bottom of this rusty cable. Similar as we show in our “How to Replace Your Garage Door Cables” video.

A rusted garage door cable being removed with a screwdriver.

Sometimes what appears to be a broken cable is actually a broken bottom fixture as we see here where the attaching pin has broken off the bottom fixture.

A broken bottom fixture where the attaching pin has broken.

Therefore, rusty and frayed cables can occur for many different reasons. However, it is important to try to keep them from happening in the first place.

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