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Old 08-31-2007, 06:42 PM   #1
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The wife called me last night that when she was closing the garage door something broke and its stuck and crooked. Well I get home and yup - its broke alright. Getting thru the garage to have a look at it, not an easy task since the garage is well packed and she just put in a dresser she found on the side of the road I found one of the lift cables had snapped. Now my garage door is OLD and HEAVY. Its at least an inch thick and solid wood and two cars wide. I had to use my floor jack to lift up the broken side so I could get it level out and then I took the jack out to close it up for the night.

Today I go to the local garage door shop and they gave me a new cable for free! Now thats customer service! It took me about an hour to install it. Its working again but I do need to re-tension the two wound coil springs.
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Speaking from personal experience, re-tensioning those springs is going to be just TON'* O' FUN!
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Bummer!

I hope you got those springs wound up OK. I was going to suggest that you wear eye protection when you do it. A family friend once almost lost his eye when a spring broke while he was rewinding a garage door spring. True story!
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Glad you were bale to get it working again.
Very cool they gave you a free cable.
Good luck with the spring
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Those springs are dangerous. Be careful!
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Those springs are dangerous. Be careful!

Yeah be very careful messing with those springs.
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Those springs always seem to break at the least opportune time.
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WEAR GOGGLES!
And BTW, my Bro'* "personal experience" is an on-going nightmare...
One of the hinges stripped it'* bolts. Dad'* just gonna buy a new door...
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