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Surewinder LLC warrants that this product will be free from defects in material and workmanship existing at the time of manufacture for a period of one year from the initial date of purchase from Surewinder LLC only. If a defect is discovered during the warranty period, we will, at our sole option, repair or replace your product at no cost to you.If you have questions regarding our products, please first search our FAQ section. If you have further questions or comments, please use the form below to contact customer service and we will address your inquiries within 24 business hours.We also offer some of our winding bars with a hexagonal grip along the middle such as the 36″ bar with 5/8″ and 1/2″ ends shown on the left (WB-36h). This can speed up the spring-changing process as the winding bars are less likely to fall to the floor.

Please note. Shipping times and costs have changed. Normal transit times are currently not guaranteed, even on next day and second day shipments. Shipping prices on items over eight feet have more than tripled.
One of the most important tools for garage door repair is a pair of winding bars. Winding bars traditionally come in three lengths: 18″, 24″ and 36″. The 18″ winding bars, such as the standard residential winding bar picture on the right (WB-18), are suitable for residential and light commercial doors. The longer winding bars become necessary when working on heavier commercial and industrial overhead doors as the springs hold more tension. Having a longer moment arm makes winding and unwinding stronger springs much easier.Another important characteristic of winding bars is the diameter. Failure to use a tight-fitting winding bar in a winding cone may result in the destruction of the cone, personal injury, or even death. Many winding bars come with two diameters by machining the ends to different lengths, as shown in winding bar in the middle (WB-24a). This is helpful when servicing multiple doors as the cones may differ between each system. If you have a 4″ diameter cable drum and you have measured the torsion springs you are replacing, you can enter your spring dimensions in our Find My Spring Database™ to purchase new torsion springs. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Cones never wear out. Because they sometimes cost more than the springs, we suggest you consider buying springs without cones and reusing your old cones as we show on our Torsion Spring Cone Replacement tutorial and in our newest video below. If replacing the cones is too difficult, and if you are local, you can bring your springs to us and we can exchange your cones. The labor charge for this is half the cost of new cones.

In order to determine the weight, we will also need to know how many struts are on the door. These are silver metal bars that run across the length of the door. They will be either be about 2-1/4″ or 3″ off the inside surface of the door.
If you cannot find your current spring in our Find My Spring Database™, your spring may be overstressed for your door height. Many manufacturers and installing garage door companies are cutting corners and installing garage door springs with cycle lives that fall below the 10,000-cycle industry standard. Try changing your door height to 6′ 6″. If you then see the spring, consider using one of the suggested cycle life upgrades for the 6′ 6″ high door for your taller door. If you can’t find it there contact us. We will find their torque ratings and recommend suitable higher cycle replacements. We may also ask questions about your garage door to make sure your measurements are correct. We will sell springs rated below the 10,000-cycle minimum, but we will not accept returns on any of these springs.For this special offer click here or the link above and order the bars before ordering the springs. If you skip this step please let us know in the comment section that you would like the free winding bars. This price applies only to orders for standard torsion springs in the database below. No other substitutes are available. Offer applies only to parts shipped to any of the 48 contiguous United States. In some parts of the country our cart adds extra for shipping. If this occurs, remove the bars from the cart and add this note to the comment section of your order form: “Please provide free winding bars with this order.”

In all of Illinois, in most of Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, and in selected parts of Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio and Minnesota, springs are usually delivered in one day – including Saturday – at no extra cost. In this select midwestern area you can usually order on Friday and get the springs on Saturday.

Once you have your garage door weight, door height, cable drum number, and track radius, you can purchase new springs. If you have a 4″ diameter cable drum, you can browse our Torsion Spring Prices. Rather than entering specific spring dimensions, you can browse springs for your door height based on the spring’s lift. If you have two springs, the lift of each spring will be half of your door weight. You can browse by either 1-3/4″ or 2″ inside diameter (it does not matter which one you choose); only purchase 2-1/4″ ID springs if you have a Raynor door as you may otherwise experience hardware compatibility problems.

We supply black electrophoresis-coated, oil-tempered torsion springs. We don’t recommend galvanized springs because they tend to lose more of their tension over time. If your door is in a highly corrosive environment, galvanized torsion springs may help to prolong the life of the springs. To prevent against premature breakage, we still recommend oiling galvanized springs as we do oil-tempered springs. For more information about galvanized and oil-tempered torsion springs visit our blog.
If you have a high-lift or a vertical-lift garage door, our database will not give you accurate spring information. If you can find an exact replacement spring in our database, it will work. Because of the extra turns required on the spring for the lift design, the cycle life will not be accurate. If you are instead finding new springs from your door weight, you will have to contact us so that we can find replacement springs for your system.If this is the case, each of your new torsion springs will need to lift 1/2 of the total lift of your two old springs. A matched pair of springs can be determined for you by using our Unmatched Springs calculator.Customer Pickups. Many customers in the greater Chicago area stop by to pick up springs at our warehouse in West Chicago. If you order on line you can select the option for picking up your parts. Just contact us to make arrangements.

Are garage door springs standard size?
Garage door springs are not, “one size fits all” and therefore it is important you purchase the right size spring in order to not do any serious damage to your garage door. Every garage door requires a specific spring with specific specifications depending on the type, height, and weight of their garage door.
You will also need your track radius. As pictured, this is the radius of the curved portion of your horizontal track. While this varies from door to door by only a few inches, a larger track radius requires more turns on the spring and therefore slightly increases the lift of a spring while slightly decreasing the cycle life rating.When the garage door is fully open, there is still about 3/4 to 1 turn still applied to each torsion spring. Since the bottom roller on the garage door typically rests on the curved portion of the track, the door will want to fall down. The extra torque in the torsion springs, though minimal in comparison to the torque when the garage door is closed, keeps the door open.

Can I use a different size garage door spring?
When torsion springs are sized incorrectly, they can lead to safety issues. The garage door will not work as it should, and that could lead it to malfunction and potentially endanger users. Here are three reasons behind the importance of garage door torsion springs and why you should make sure they fit properly.
Most springs ship same or next day from our warehouse in West Chicago. We also sometimes ship by Priority Mail. If you have a preference please note that when ordering. We also ship internationally.

If you have two torsion springs on your door, you should replace both of them. Most doors have springs with the same cycle life rating. In other words, when one spring breaks, the other spring will probably break before too much longer. Since you will be going to the trouble of changing one torsion spring, it is usually better to change your second spring as well. This will save you time in the garage as well as money on the shipping costs.If your two spring dimensions are not the same, we recommend switching to a pair of springs with the same dimensions. While it is possible to use unmatched springs, you are more likely to get the maximum cycle life out of a pair of springs when they are the same length, wire size and inside diameter.

The problem with having a larger wire size on a single-spring door is that the spring pulls on the shaft as the door opens and closes. This can cause serious problems in the future, including cables breaking or peeling off the drums and steel sections getting damaged. While it usually costs $5-$10 to convert over to two springs, it can save a lot of money down the road.
If you have enough space in your garage for your door to open vertically and are instead interested in a custom vertical-lift conversion kit, please contact us so we can determine the parts you need and the cost of your new kit.Some doors, however, have two springs with different dimensions. Many times, the cycle life of the broken spring is shorter than the cycle life of the unbroken spring. This means that you may still have another couple thousand cycles left on your unbroken spring. If you only change one spring now, you will probably need to change your other spring fairly soon down the road. Therefore, we recommend that you still replace both springs, but that you purchase springs with the same length, inside diameter and wire size.

What size is garage door spring tool?
Standard residential torsion springs are found on a shaft above the center of the garage door. These springs typically come in 1 3/4″, 2″ and 2 1/4″ inside diameters.
Included below are a number of popular topics that interest homeowners when considering torsion spring purchases. Though it may be helpful to consider these options, they do not apply to all garage doors. Once we determine the weight of your door, we will need to find springs that will match your door. To do this, you will need to provide your door width and height, your track radius and your cable drum number as mentioned before. Since these cables hold the weight of the garage door, the torque from the torsion springs does not dangerously spin the shaft until the spring is loose. Instead, the garage door weight slightly exceeds the lift produced by the torsion spring(s). (The lift is the amount of weight that each spring can raise off the ground.) As a result, a properly operating garage door with the right springs should not seem to weigh nearly as much as the garage door itself. When this principle holds true through the duration of the door’s travel, the door is balanced.

How do I make my spring tight again?
And nice and tight step two is to take a quarter and we’ll bend the spring. And start putting quarters. In. I’m going to bend it back and put some quarters on the other. Side.
It all comes down to the cable drums. Standard lift cable drums have a flat portion for the cable, with one or two grooves that are a little higher. (These higher grooves are addressed in the link above.) As the garage door opens, the rollers slide along the track. The door transitions from the vertical track to the horizontal track.When you search for a specific torsion spring, compatible springs with the same lift but a different cycle life will be listed. You can upgrade your torsion springs by purchasing one of these springs instead of spring matching your old dimensions. If you are browsing instead by door height, you can look under larger wire sizes to find a compatible spring with more cycles.

When the horizontal track supports the top section, each spring does not need to support as much weight. Since the springs have unwound a little by this point, the amount of weight supported by the horizontal tracks roughly equals the lift that was lost from the decrease in torque in the torsion springs.

Note: The inside diameter for these springs is two inches. The spring options given are based on original door weights. Hurricane bracing, decorative hardware, and other additions to the door may alter the door weight, rendering the suggested springs unuseable.If you need the springs sooner let us know in the comment box of your order, and we will try to expedite your order. Usually extra shipping charges will apply.

What is a torsion spring cone?
Cones are the die cast aluminum parts that are installed into a torsion spring. There are two main functions of cones winding and stationary. The winding cone has four holes where winding bars are
How To Measure Torsion Springs * How to Replace Garage Door Springs (2 Springs) * How to Replace Garage Door Springs (1 Spring) * How To Convert Inside Diameters

How do you tighten the springs on a garage door?
This. So I’m on my left side because I like to be where there is no spring at all take your winding bars. And you put them in a little slot here. So I’ve got a seven foot tall garage door.
When ordering springs for the older style Overhead Door brackets, let us know in the comment section. Notice in the picture that standard cones are wider where the bolts pass through them. The one inch bolts used in the older Overhead Door cones are not long enough to secure the cones to the bracket. We will provide longer bolts and wider flange nuts at no charge to help with your project.Torsion springs have five primary characteristics: 1. inside diameter (ID), 2. wire size, 3. length, 4. wind, and 5. type of ends. Determine all of these measurements for each spring that you are replacing.Follow the instructions below to make the proper measurements when looking to buy new torsion springs. Once you have your measurements, you can contact us or use our Find My Spring Database™ and the bottom of this page to order new springs.

After you have gathered this information (door manufacturer and model number, number of struts, door width and height, cable drum number, and the track radius), contact us so that we can find suitable replacement springs for your door.
Place your order by noon central time for same or next day shipping on most of the 6,000 springs below for residential and light commercial sectional overhead garage doors.However, if you do decide to order two-inch inside diameter springs without cones, let us know in the comment section if you have Overhead Door cones so we can bend up the ends of the spring wire to fit in the clips. These clips keep the spring from spinning off the cones. Standard cones screw into the spring and are held in place by friction.Be an informed buyer. Check us out. Enter DDM Garage Doors Reviews in the search box of your browser. Click the BBB link below; you’ll see that none of our customers have had to contact the BBB to resolve disputes. Critical customer remarks have never been removed from our guest book. Selling only what you need is a matter of integrity for us. We welcome the opportunity to serve you and to earn your trust.A standard torsion spring has a stationary cone which secures the spring to the spring anchor bracket. Since this bracket is secured to the wall, the stationary cone, as its name suggests, does not move. The other end of the torsion spring has a winding cone. This winding cone is used when installing, adjusting, and uninstalling the springs. When installing the torsion spring, the coils of the spring are wound up to create a lot of torque.

What is a garage door spring cone?
Universal Spring Cones from Action Industries are important hardware for any garage door with torsion springs. Universal Cones allow garage door torsion springs to be wound so they help open and close the door. Spring Cones come in two main types: Winding and Stationary.
If you have two springs, we recommend that you replace both springs on your door. If this is the case, be sure to measure both springs. If after measuring you find that your springs are unmatched, you can use our Unmatched Springs Calculator to find a pair of matched torsion springs.If you increase the wire size of your springs, you will also need to increase the length to keep the same lift and torque rating. On narrower, heavier doors it may also be necessary to increase the inside diameter to provide enough space on the shaft for the springs to fit.

Do garage door springs need to be tightened?
Your garage door springs offset the garage door’s entire weight, which is very heavy. They need to be adjusted properly for the door to open and shut easily.
The standard cycle life in the garage door industry is 10,000 cycles. Spring under 10,000 cycles are considered overstressed and are not recommended for use. If you would like to have more than 10,000 spring cycles, your new torsion springs will need to have a larger wire size. The larger the wire, the longer it will take for the spring to break as thicker steel requires more bending before it breaks.Included below are a number of popular torsion spring topics, many of which you may want to consider before ordering a new standard torsion spring for your garage door.

With the help of the torsion springs, you should be able to operate the garage door manually without much trouble. Likewise, it does not take too much work from the garage door opener to lift the garage door. As the door opens (either manually or with the opener), the torque on the shaft keeps the cable tight on the cable drum. As a result, the cable winds up on the cable drum, allowing the torsion springs to unwind.
Garage Door Torsion Springs are normally centered above the garage door on a one inch shaft. At one end of the spring is the winding cone that is secured to the shaft with set screws. At the other end of the spring is the stationary cone. This is secured to the spring anchor bracket, which is secured to the header. On two-spring assemblies the stationary cones of both springs are mounted back to back to the spring anchor bracket. The shaft running through the springs transfers tension from the springs to the cable drums at the end of the shaft. These drums pull on the cables, which pull on the bottom of the door to balance the weight of the garage door.

Standard residential torsion springs are found on a shaft above the center of the garage door. These springs typically come in 1 3/4″, 2″ and 2 1/4″ inside diameters. If you have a broken torsion spring, read below to make the measurements you need, and then purchase a new garage door spring or springs.
One question that people frequently ask when converting to two springs is whether they need a second bearing for the second spring. The answer is no. The purpose of the bearing is to keep the stationary cone centered on the shaft so that the spring is centered on the shaft. Since the stationary cones from the two springs will be secured to each other in the process of securing the springs to the spring anchor bracket, the second spring does not need a bearing. Additionally, adding a second bearing will probably break one or both of the stationary cones.

The cycle life of a torsion spring refers the to rating regarding how many cycles (the door opening and closing is one cycle) the spring should make before it breaks. The cycle life rating does not account for premature breakage, often caused by chips in the steel or highly corrosive environments.Ensuring you have the right tools for the job is important and at SSC we understand that, and we offer a wide selection of tools to help you. No matter what you are looking for from winding bars to pocket wire gauges and drill bits, SSC has you covered.

If the existing spring is sized incorrectly and you need further assistance, IDC Spring can help. We have the right-size torsion springs for all different types of garage doors. The top manufacturers in the industry trust us as their vendor, and we can help you determine the right fit for your project. Contact us to learn more about our products or request a quote.
If the spring for the door is small, it can make the door too heavy. When someone tries to raise the door, it will fall back down instead of continuing to lift. A user unaware of the garage door issue could get hurt by the door falling shut. Children could also get caught if they try to push the door up and run under it.Replacing a too-big or too-small torsion spring with the right size will balance the door and make it safe again. The door will rise with less effort and remain safely in place. The garage door opener may also need to be replaced if it has been damaged by springs that are too big or too small.