Return to the Garages/Workshops Forum | Post a Follow-Up

adjusting non-torsion garage door springs

Posted by cciaffone (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 3, 09 at 18:08

Neighbor lady has an overhead door, with Genie opener, that
feels kinds heavy and drops like a rock when you release
the catch. I'd like to cure that.

This is not a torsion spring door! On each side there
are 2 coiled springs -- an eye bolt on one end and a
cable on t'other.

Do I just tighten the nuts on the eye bolts to increase
the spring tension resisting the drop of the door??

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: adjusting non-torsion garage door springs

Unless you have a really long eye-bolt, it's unlikely you could adjust it enough to significantly alter the door's tendency to "drop like a rock." My guess is that the springs need replacing. They're pretty cheap -- $10-$12 each at any home center and fairly easy to replace. Just weigh the unsprung door with a bathroom scale and buy the appropriate weight rating. Replace the cables while you're at it.

RE: adjusting non-torsion garage door springs

Thanks for the response, Mike. I have only had a quick
look at the door while helping the neighbor get a
lost bird out. But the 2 springs on each side, and
the cables, looked really really slack when the door
was up. Are the cable lengths adjustable??

RE: adjusting non-torsion garage door springs

"Are the cable lengths adjustable??"

Follow the cable towards the door.
One cable will go over a pulley and be attached to the door, the other will go to a cable clamp.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Garages/Workshops Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here