Safety Considerations For DIY Garage Door Torsion Spring Replacement

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If you have advanced DIY home repair skills, then you can safely tackle the job of replacing your garage door's torsion springs. However, this is not a job for the faint at heart, and it isn't a beginner's DIY task. The reason is because torsion springs are under tension and you can seriously injure yourself performing this repair.

Don't Operate a Garage Door with a Broken Spring

Operating a door with a broken spring can be a hazard both to you and to the garage door itself. The torsion springs attached to your garage door are what enable you to easily lift the very heavy door. Without both springs being in working order, you can injure your back trying to lift-up the door.

Additionally, you can permanently damage a wooden or metal garage door by lifting it up with only one working spring. Wooden doors can break, and metal doors can become twisted. So, leave your door down until you can replace the springs, or you might find yourself with a much more expensive fix.

Stand on an Appropriate Ladder

While working on your garage door, you need to use an appropriately sized ladder. You also need to have a helper who will hold your ladder securely in place while you are standing on it. 

You should never use an overturned bucket, a chair, or a step ladder to reach high places for repairs. Instead, invest in a good quality, tall ladder. You can buy a quality ladder at any hardware or home improvement store.

Watch Your Head During Unwinding of Old Springs

To remove the old door springs, you will need to unwind the winding cones attached to them. It is very common for older winding cones to break when they are removed. For this reason, you should keep your head and hands well away from the cones while unwinding them. You can do this by standing to the side of the cones.

To keep a safe distance from the winding cones, you should remove them using at least a 2' long steel bar. You can purchase a winding bar at your local hardware store.

Turn Off the Power to Your Garage Door Opening Machine

If you have a garage-door opening machine installed, you need to ensure that you kill its power source before you begin your work. If you don't do this, then you are at risk for electrocution - and even death!

If your garage door has a standard electrical plug, then you can simply unplug the machine. If your door opening machine is hard-wired into your home's electrical system, then you will need to switch the power off at the breaker.


If you are an advanced DIYer, then this repair is something you may be able to tackle yourself. However, if you do not have enough experience, then you may want to consider hiring a local garage door repair company like Dorsey Garage Doors to perform this repair for you.


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Green Living: A Guide to Saving on Energy Usage

Saving money is important in a home with six children. As they grow, the bills seem to grow with them. After paying a particularly high energy bill, I decided that enough was enough. I researched ways that I could make my home more energy efficient without spending a ton of money. To help other parents in the same boat, I created this blog. Helpful tips, such as replacing your home's windows, can save you a great deal of money in the long run. Hopefully, the information provided here can also help preserve the environment and make it a better place for our children.