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How Many Times do I Need to Turn My Torsion Spring to Put it On?

Our Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team is here to help you with every step of your garage door journey. One of the more commonly asked questions is how many turns to put on your garage door springs. It can seem overwhelming when searching for this information, so we want to make it a little easier for you.

Determining The Turns

It all starts with the diameter of your drums and the height of your garage door. The average garage door is 7-feet in height, so that is what we are going to use as the height for this article.

A 7-foot door with have 7¾ turns on the door and most find it easier to count quarter turns instead of full turns. If you have a door that is a different height, you can easily found calculators online to let you know how many turns your specific door needs.

Safety First

You will want to make sure the lock on your door is engaged, or if you don’t have a lock, use vice-grips to secure the rollers from moving. You will want to place your bar into your garage door spring. You will raise it up and turn until you see the next opening in your spring, and that will be ¼ of a turn. You will then count your quarter turns until you reach 31 (7¾ divided by ¼=31).   

Testing Out Your Door

When you have reached the number of quarter turns that you need then you will slowly remove the bars to ensure that your door isn’t going to retract. Once you are certain that the door is secure, you will then raise the door and make sure that it is balanced out with the number of turns you put in.

Make Adjustments As Needed

If for some reason you door ends up being too heavy at the bottom or catches at the top, you can add or remove quarter turns on your door. It is recommended to do this only one quarter turn at a time for safety reasons and keeping your door from doing anything unpredictable. It is always important to check the lock or vice-grips before you adjust the turns.

You will also want to ensure that your cables are staying tight while you and raising and closing your door. If you have to remove turns from your drum, you might have to adjust your cables as well. You never want the cables to have too much slack.

Once your door is perfectly balanced, you can relax! You have just successfully placed the correct amount of turns on your door. We hope you are as proud of yourself as we are.

We Are Here If You Need Us

While we had fun making this article for you, we know that some things don’t go according to plan. Our Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team is always here for you in the event that you have questions that need to be answered. We look forward to hearing from you and keeping you confident in your garage door decisions.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
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