We don't have a particularly large garage, and we do anything we can to try and conserve space. The old garage door had quite a wide swinging hinge, which meant there was a large area where we could not store anything. We have recently switched to a slimline garage door, which rolls up overhead and has a much smaller profile overall. Not only do we have more space, but the new garage door also looks great and has made the whole garage look nicer. This blog is all about new options for garage doors with slimline profiles and modern styling.
Suppliers usually ask their clients to provide specific details about the torsion springs of the garage doors that they would like to replace. However, some homeowners may end up with the wrong springs due to some mistakes that they made when taking measurements of the defective springs. This article discusses some of those mistakes that you should avoid when measuring the springs on your garage door.
Measuring One Spring
Some inexperienced homeowners may assume that they only need to measure one spring in order to know the dimensions of the other spring in the garage door. This assumption may be wrong because an installer may have used different lengths of springs in your garage door. Thus, the new springs that you buy may fail to balance the door since one of them may be too short or too long for that particular door. It is therefore advisable to take down the measurements of each spring so that the supplier sends you springs that will work well in your garage door.
Using Calipers or Micrometers
It is usually unwise to use a caliper or micrometer to measure the size of the wire used to make your old torsion springs. This is because corrosion may have narrowed or widened the wires. Secondly, the coatings that are applied on some garage door springs can cause you to take an inaccurate reading of the wire size. Furthermore, coiled springs are difficult to measure using a micrometer since manipulating the instrument to curve around the wire often makes you to get a bigger reading of the size of that wire. It is therefore better to bunch about 10 coils and measure their size together before doing the same for 20 coils. A comparison of your results will confirm how accurate your measurement was. For instance, you should repeat the measurement if the length of the 20 coils is more than double the length of the 10 coils.
Not Specifying Spring Ends
Garage doors have springs that can differ in terms of their ends. For instance, some manufacturers make springs with ends that curve outward. Such springs may be hard to install if your garage door had springs with straight ends. It is therefore important for you to observe the ends of your current springs as you order replacement springs. The supplier will then be able to send springs that will not cause any challenges during the installation process.
Five different measurements, such as the length and the inside diameter of the spring wires, are usually needed as you order replacement springs. Ask a garage door repair technician to take these measurements in case you lack the skills to do it on your own. You will then avoid the inconvenience of sending back the new springs once you realise that they are the wrong size for your home.Share