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Garage-door safety cable

comments (1) January 31st, 2011 in Project Gallery
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Photo: Drawing by Chuck Miller

When an overhead garage-door spring breaks, it can do considerable property damage. But the potential for personal injury is even greater. Because of this possibility, whenever I service or install a garage door with overhead springs that stretch, I install safety cables. With the door down, I run a heavy braided-steel cable through each spring. Then I anchor the cable at both ends so that the spring travels along the cable, as shown in the drawing.

One of my clients had a garage-door spring snap with such force that it broke the safety cable. But that was the only damage because the cable kept the spring segments from flying off in dangerous directions.

If one of your springs needs replacing, be sure to replace both of them. This will ensure equal lift.


Rod Goettelmann, Southampton Twp., NJ 

From Fine Homebuilding 26, pp. 16


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DurbanDoorServices DurbanDoorServices writes: Thanks for pointing out the necessity of safety!

As a garage door and motor installer myself I can fully appreciate the need for proper safety precautions. I usually recommend not attempting to do this unless you are a trained professional in the industry, however your illustrations are very helpful.

I would enjoy reading more of your tips and ideas.

Durban Door Services.
Posted: 3:49 am on June 30th

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