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How far can a garage door spring stretch?

Last Updated: 15th March, 2020

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The package that the springs came in says maximum safe stretch is 42 inches, which isn't much more than the non-stretch length of 25 inches.

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Also asked, how do I know what size garage door spring I need?

Easy as 1, 2, 3, 4.

  1. Look at the end of the spring to determine the wind direction.
  2. Measure the length, in inches, of ten or twenty coil of the spring that needs to be replaced.
  3. For torsion springs, measure the inside diameter of the 1/16” of an inch.
  4. Measure the overall length of the spring to the nearest quarter inch.

Also Know, what is an extension spring on a garage door? Garage door extension springs run along the door's horizontal track and help to open and close your garage door as the springs stress and compress. Extension springs are manufactured specifically for the height of a garage door. Let's say you're looking at a seven-foot extension spring 25 x 42.

Additionally, how do you stretch a garage door spring?

Part 3 Adjusting Torsion Springs

  1. Close the garage door. Unplug the opener if you have an automatic garage door.
  2. Secure the door.
  3. Locate the winding cone.
  4. Loosen the set screws.
  5. Prepare to adjust the tension.
  6. Adjust the tension.
  7. Stretch the spring.
  8. Tighten the set screws.

How do I balance my garage door Extension Springs?

Garage Door Balance Adjustment with Extension Springs Open the garage door as wide as possible before you reach the stop bolt of the garage opener. Next, you need to take clamps to hold the door in position on each side of the door on the track so that there is no tension on the door from the springs.

Related Question Answers

Cebria Holodny

Professional

How many turns on a 8ft garage door spring?

Anwser: It will still be the same number of turns as your old garage door springs. 7.5 full turns or 30 to 31 quarter turns for a 7ft tall door and 8.1 full turns or 33 to 34 quarter turns on an 8ft tall door.

Leona Pinguel

Professional

Can I use a longer garage door torsion spring?

If your garage door springs have lasted less than five years, or if you plan to live where you are for many years, you may want to try the extra long life torsion springs. By using larger springs you can, in most cases, quadruple your spring life while only doubling the cost of the springs.

Israe Puyal

Professional

Does Home Depot sell torsion springs?

Torsion Spring - Residential Garage Doors, Openers & Accessories - Doors & Windows - The Home Depot.

Hosain Ryjik

Explainer

How many turns do you put on a garage door spring?

Tighten New Springs
A rule of thumb with springs is that four quarter turns equals a full revolution and the spring needs to be tightened a full revolution for every foot of door height (e.g. 7-1/2 foot door = 7 revolutions +2 (30 quarter turns).

Tegaday Clari

Explainer

How much should it cost to replace a garage door spring?

Replacing garage door springs costs between $200 and $300 for a professional to complete the job. This includes the cost of the spring, which ranges from $40 to $100 for a torsion spring and $5 to $30 for an extension spring.

Tullio Raband

Pundit

How much weight does a garage door opener lift?

A 1/2 horsepower garage door opener can lift approximately 300 pounds, which is the average weight of a two-car steel door. A one-horsepower opener can easily lift approximately 400 pounds. The greater the horsepower, the faster the opener can lift the door, although some are designed to lift faster than others.

Tona Lutov

Pundit

What do the colors mean on torsion springs?

The color code on a torsion spring indicates whether it is a “right wind” or “left wind” spring, with black indicating right wind and red indicating left wind. Beyond that the torsion spring is color coded so that technicians can determine the thickness, or gauge, of the wire.

Essaddik Cellier

Pundit

Does Lowes sell garage door torsion springs?

Now that you know that retail hardware store like Home Depot neither Lowes carry torsion springs, you can look for them in some near by garage door supplier, online or just call a garage door professional and if you have a standard steel garage door – it should cost anywhere from a one hundred and fifty ($150) to two

Haykanush Olgiati

Pundit

Is it dangerous to replace garage door spring?

Dangers and Risks
A garage door with a broken torsion spring can fall rapidly and cause injury or death. However, the most common danger comes when your torsion springs break and you decide to undertake the repair/replace them yourself. Failure to do so may leave you with injuries and/or damage to your property.

Aristarco Prenafeta

Pundit

How long does it take to replace garage door springs?

Explanation: Garage door spring replacements vary. A typical job would take between 30 mins to 1 hour.

Liam Celorico

Teacher

How do you adjust an uneven garage door?

To fix an uneven garage door, you may need to adjust the garage door springs. Springs can stretch and cause a shift in your garage door alignment. Torsion springs are mounted above the garage door and will run parallel with the door. These may need to be replaced or just tightened.

Melibea Coragem

Teacher

Which way do you wind a garage door torsion spring?

The right hand winding springs are wound in a clockwise direction. Thus, they have their end of wire on the right side. On the other hand, a left hand winding spring is wound in an anti-clockwise direction, and has its end of wire on the left side. It is hard to tell the direction of winding from the front side.

Nedra Velardi

Teacher

How do you tension a roller shutter door spring?

Adjusting your garage door
  1. Open the garage door fully. Open the door to release the tension on the springs.
  2. Hold the door in place. Use locking pliers or a C-clamp under the bottom rollers to prevent the door from rolling down.
  3. Remove the spring hook and adjust the tension.

Olene Riese

Reviewer

What are the different types of garage door springs?

There are many different types of garage door springs, which are generally categorized either as extension springs or as torsion springs.
  • Extension springs.
  • Open Looped.
  • Double Looped.
  • Clipped Ends.
  • Torsion Springs.
  • Standard torsion spring.
  • Early set torsion spring.
  • Steel rolling door torsion spring.

Shante Paulus

Reviewer

How do I lift my garage door with a broken spring?

How to Open a Garage Door That Has a Broken Spring
  1. Position a 6-foot step ladder at each side of the garage door.
  2. Insert each pry bar under the corner of the door between the door and the floor.
  3. Lift the door up together, maintaining an equal balance, until the door is fully open.
  4. Position each ladder under the garage door on each end.

Maksim Carlson

Reviewer

Can I replace just one garage door spring?

If your garage door has two springs pulling the door up, then definitely have both replaced. The second spring will break, it's just a matter of time which is usually within 6 months. Have both springs replaced while the repair company is there to save money.

Jianping Hattebuer

Supporter

Can I replace garage door spring myself?

So faced with a broken garage door spring, the question is, can you fix it yourself? You absolutely can replace a garage door spring, but the type of springs you have may influence your decision. If you're uncomfortable with any part of the process, simply leave the job to a garage door professional.

Maurice Ruiz De Galarreta

Supporter

Does Home Depot have garage door springs?

Garage Door Springs - Residential Garage Doors, Openers & Accessories - The Home Depot.

Maher Gradiz

Supporter

Can garage door springs be too strong?

If your springs are too strong, and if you wind the springs the correct number of turns, the door will not stay on the floor when closed, it will usually not stay in the middle when opened halfway, but it will stay up when opened fully.