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Help Removing Torsion Spring Cones

Friday, October 5th, 2018 at 3:13 pm by Dan Musick

Over the years one of the most frustrating parts of door repairs has been the removal of cones from the ends of torsion springs.


The new gif at our “Torsion Spring Cone Replacement” tutorial should help clarify where the stress needs to be.…

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Rusty and Frayed Cables

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

When a cable breaks the first symptom is usually a crooked garage door. This can also happen if one of the cables comes off one of the drums.

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

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One-Piece Garage Door Spring Modification

Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 2:32 pm by Dan Musick

From time to time someone with an older one-piece garage door will contact us to see if we can make a spring that is tapered on one end as you can see at the right end of the spring below.

In years past manufacturing costs were much less and there were more of these doors, so it was cost-effective to make large quantities of springs like these.…

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How to Identify the Dock Leveler Parts You Need

Friday, September 7th, 2018 at 5:06 pm by Dan Musick

Since there have been about 20 dock leveler manufacturers over the decades, and since most have unique parts, it is best to begin by identifying the manufacturer of the leveler.

Usually, there is a label to identify the manufacturer and possibly the model.…

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Torsion Spring Inside Diameter Converter

Friday, August 31st, 2018 at 1:53 pm by Dan Musick

There are a number of applications where a different inside diameter is needed. Our Torsion Spring Inside Diameter Converter page should help.

For example, older springs often have obsolete hardware or cones.

There are also times when shorter springs are needed to fit in a limited space as often occurs when installing longer life springs or high lift door springs.…

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When the End of a Shaft Breaks

Friday, August 24th, 2018 at 2:07 pm by Dan Musick

When the end bearing plate of a garage door is not properly secured, it is common to see the end of a shaft wear. Left unattended, the end bearing plate can remain pitched and the bearing can cut off the end of the shaft.…

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Dock Leveler Snubber Assemblies

Friday, August 17th, 2018 at 5:46 pm by Dan Musick

The purpose of a snubber assembly is to raise the lip and suspend it long enough so that the lip can be lowered onto the back of a trailer. In this description, you’ll be viewing a Serco dock leveler.

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Installing LiftMaster 8500 Openers on Low Headroom Doors

Friday, August 10th, 2018 at 5:14 pm by Dan Musick

Customers frequently ask us if it is possible to install the LiftMaster 8500 Openers on doors with low headroom.

The answer is “yes,” “no” and “yes” in some situations if you are handy.

The answer is “yes” if, by low headroom, you mean a garage door with the double roller top fixtures.…

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Why Do Garage Door Springs Break?

Friday, August 3rd, 2018 at 4:42 pm by Dan Musick

Garage door springs are made of wire, and they break because every time you open or close the door the wire bends.

This is easy to understand if you have ever bent a small wire or a paper clip to break it.…

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Torsion Spring Pitch

Friday, July 13th, 2018 at 5:29 pm by Dan Musick

We are frequently asked, “Why is one of my garage door springs slinky and the other tight?” Or, “Why is one spring stiff and the other loose?”

The answer lies in the pitch of the spring wire. When a spring is coiled the wire is normally wound at a 90-degree angle from the spool or rod around which the wire is wound.…

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