In a recent guestbook entry, someone asked how to replace the cablescables on his garage door. He had also loosened the setscrews on both drums to level the door and asked if the cables can be replaced and the drums secured without having to unwind the spring.
Working with spring tension is dangerous. I would first recommend that you view the dangers and warnings described in our tutorial on torsion spring replacement.
The simplest solution would be to insert a winding bar in the winding cone of the spring, loosen the set screws, and let the other end of the winding bar rest against the top of the door. Do this to both springs if you have two springs. The shaft will be free to turn, and you can replace the cables and reset and secure your cable drums.
To reset your spring tension, follow the necessary steps for reinstalling the garage door cables and winding the springs.
If you are more of an audio-visual learner, we have videos below on how to replace cables for your garage door.
The Wayne Dalton Torquemaster System can be a bit confusing to repair when you do not have a lot of experience working with it. Below, we have made a tutorial video on how to replace your Wayne Dalton Torquemaster cables safely and easily.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING LOCAL PICKUPS: DDM is considered a life-sustaining company because we are an internet retail company that provides essential products. Due to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, however, we are changing our local order pickup policy at our West Chicago location. To pick up an order you will need to order first. The quickest way is to order in advance through our online shopping cart. There you can select the local pickup option. Or, you can call 630-293-1337 for assistance, to confirm availability of parts, and to place your order. Once ordered, your parts will be available for pickup in the lobby of our north side front entrance. Longer items will be picked up on the south side loading dock. Please honor the six foot social distancing rule. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate this challenge together. More information is available on our blog titled DDM Adjusts to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. In the same article you will also find documentation and an answer to the question: "Is a garage door repair company a life sustaining business?"