Door Spring <VV> My bad luck.., or Why I won't be driving my Corvair this..

Bill Hubbell wjhubbell at
Sat Oct 8 17:38:28 EDT 2005

Thanks, Frank.  I do know this to be true, because that is exactly how I got my garage door open when this happened many years ago. However, in this case, it didn't matter, as there was little time to make arrangements to get somebody to help, and since we were planning to replace the door soon anyway (with a modern steel door -- no more painting!), it just makes sense to do that now and not bother to fix the old door.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: FrankCB at 
  To: whubbell at ; virtualvairs at 
  Sent: Saturday, October 08, 2005 3:46 PM
  Subject: Door Spring <VV> My bad luck.., or Why I won't be driving my Corvair this..

  In a message dated 10/7/05 10:17:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time, whubbell at writes:

    Because when I came home this evening I found I cannot 
    raise the garage door.  One of the (very heavy duty) garage door springs 
    that help raise the door has broken.  By the time I could get somebody out 
    here to repair the spring the show would be over.  Since Alice is inside the 
    garge, she isn't going anywhere real soon.

         It is possible to raise the door without the help of the springs, but it will take 2 or 3 strong people to do so, depending on the weight of the door.  When the single torsion spring broke on one of my garage doors, it took both Jim and myself to raise the door.  Once the door is fully elevated, the tension is off the spring so it can then be replaced.  I took my broken spring to a garage door place and they wound me a new one to exactly replace the broken one.  With the garage door up, I could install the new spring myself since at that point, there is no tension on the spring.
         Frank "do it yourself" Burkhard 

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