New Torsion Spring Installation

New Torsion Spring Installation picCaution Important Safety Info

If the Torsion springs are poorly set up or mishandled, it can be really unsafe. Do not try to install them yourself unless

1) You have the right tools and sensible mechanical ability or experience and
2) You follow these Directions really thoroughly.

Required Tool list

1. Locking pliers
2. 7/16″ socket wrench
3. A set of 9/16″ box wrenches
4. A set of 1/2″, 18″ long long steel winging bar
5. Wood Anchoring Pads

Step 1 – Preparing the door frame

It is necessary that the torsion spring assembly is securely and firmly connected to the frame of the garage.

Describe Figure TOR-1 for the setup of 2″ x 6″ wood jambs.

Essential: The wood anchor pad should be made of a Grade 2 or much better southern yellow pine (likewise understood as southern pine or yellow pine). Do not utilize wood identified as spruce pine fir (or SPF).

Each side jamb and the center anchor pad need to extend 12″ above the top of the opening for 12 ” radius horizontal track and 15 ” above the top of the opening for 15″ radius horizontal track.

The wood anchor pad should be connected to the frame of the garage with at least 4 3/8 ” x 4″ long lag screws for wood frames or 4 3/8″ x 4 ” long sleeve anchors for concrete frames. The 4 fasteners have to be set up no closer than 1-1/2″ from the sides and the ends of the anchor pad. The wood anchor pad and fasteners are not provided.

KEEP IN MIND: The wood anchor pad can be off-center to the width of the opening by as much as 10″ in either of the instructions.

Step 2 – Assemble the torsion springs and then to the spring tube

Lock the door in the down position safely utilizing the door lock or locking pliers. This should be done to avoid the door from too soon opening which might trigger an injury.

If your garage has just one entryway, be sure you, to get an assistant, and the tools you require are inside prior to you lock the door. Your door will have either one or 2 torsion springs. The color on the winding cone is to assist recognize on which side of the door the spring is to be utilized.

Black winding cone torsion springs are utilized on the best side of the door and red winding cone torsion springs are utilized on the left side of the door when seeing the door from the within looking out. Failure to set up the torsion springs on the proper side will trigger your door to work poorly and might result in major injury.

Slip the torsion springs onto the spring tube, the red winding cone on the left end, the nylon center bearing, center bearing plate, and the black winding cone torsion spring on the best end.

Step 3 – Attach the mounting plate to the garage door’s frame

Attach the bottom of the end bearing plate to the horizontal angle with (2) 3/8″ x 3/4″ long hex head bolts and hex nuts. Please make sure to utilize the bottom 2 slots for 12″ radius horizontal track, and the upper 2 slots for 15″ radius horizontal track.

Attach the wall flange on the end bearing plate to the wood jamb with (1) 5/16″ x 1-5/8″ long lag screw. On 12″ radius horizontal track, each end bearing plate ought to likewise be connected with 3/8″ x 3/4″ carriage bolts and 3/8″ nuts.

Step 4 – Attach assembled torsion spring to the mounting plate

With an assistant, raise the total torsion spring tube assembly and move completions of television into the bearing on completion bearing plates. With television level, install the center bearing plate to the center anchor pad utilizing (2) 5/16″ x 1-5/8″ long lag, red-coated screws.

KEEP IN MIND: Red-headed fasteners have to be set up for the accessory and center bearing plate to show this part will be under severe stress when spring is wound up.

Prior to installing the center bearing plate, drill (2) 3/16″ pilot holes for the lag screws. The center bearing plate withstands the substantial counter torque of the springs.

Caution: Changing a garage door spring can be very dangerous, you may need to contact a local home garage door repair team member.

Step 5 – Install torsion spring cables

The cable television that is connected to each bottom bracket is brought up in between the wall and roller shafts to the cable television drum. Turning the cable television drum and moving it up tight versus the end bearing plate eliminates the cable television slack. The set screws on the cable television drum ought to be tightened up with a 3/8″ box wrench while holding the cable television tight.

Step 6 – Adjust the torsion springs with the winding bar

Check for a straight line drawn across the length of the springs. If no line is present, draw one using a piece of chalk. This will be used to indicate the number of turns on the springs. After inserting the two winding bars all the way into the winding cone, then wind the springs 1/4 turn at a time in an upward direction as shown in. The number of turns is shown in the table in. The tail of the torsion spring coil points in the direction that the spring is wound.

Step 7 – Test the door function very carefully

Open the door, gradually raise the door and prop it about midway open.

This is the very first time the brand-new door is being opened. The door might fall if the tracks are not properly lined up or the back hangers are not strong enough. Continue gradually and thoroughly.

Inspect to be sure the horizontal tracks are parallel with each side of the door. If any changes of the rear track hanger are needed, the door should be locked in the closed position since the weight of the door is supported by the rear hangers.

KEEP IN MIND: If the torsion springs do not enhance in stress as the 1/4 turns are contributed to the springs, then you most likely have the torsion springs reversed. (See Step #2).

Step 8 – Then readjust if needed

To adjust torsion spring tension, the door is locked in the down position. With locking pliers clamped on the torsion tube, winding bars are used to wind the springs tighter to increase tension. Tension is reduced by removing turns. When two springs are used, both sides should be adjusted the same. Adjustments should be made in 1/4 turn increments.

NEVER adjust center bearing plate or red-headed fasteners after springs are wound. Be prepared to handle a strong force when reducing tension on a torsion spring. Use winding bars only, and stand to the side.

Posted by January 24, 2016 Category: Garage