Pictured above are the different styles of custom cables we offer for 1/8" cable. From left to right: Open Loop, Thimble, 5/16" Spool, 3/8" Spool, and 1/2" Spool. Assembled cables listed below have open loops on the bottoms and only one stop sleeve on the top of each cable.
We offer assembled and raw cable in both standard and custom lengths for torsion spring and extension spring garage door systems.
With 3/32" cable, we only offer the open loop for the custom lengths of assembled cable. The 5/32", 3/16" and 1/4" diameter cables can be purchased with either the open loops or the thimbles. Every custom-length cable assembly comes with a crimped cable stop on the opposite end as well as a loose cable stop to help enusre that the cable will sit evenly in the cable drum.
The necessary length of cable varies based on the door and the style of lift: vertical-lift and high-lift doors require longer cables than standard-lift doors because of the positioning and style of the cable drums. For standard-lift residential garage doors, the cable length should be the door height plus 18 inches. When measuring an old cable, measure the full length including loops, spools, thimbles, and stops.
Raw cable of 3/32", 1/8", 5/32", 3/16", and 1/4" diameters is also available. If you are interested in assembling your own cables, we also sell stop sleeves, oval sleeves, thimbles, and spools.
Customers typically will purchase pre-assembled cables for torsion spring and extension spring garage doors. Pre-assembled standard lengths of cable for torsion spring doors come for 7' and 8' high doors. Assembled lengths of extension spring cables as well as safety cables are also available for 7' and 8' high garage doors.
Be sure to see our DIY page on cable installation for standard spring systems and for TorqueMaster spring systems.
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?"