The team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair is excited to help you with all of your garage door needs. You are always going to run into accessories, both needs and wants, that you might be confused about. We hope you find this article helpful and a great tool for answering your questions.
What Is A Safety Cable?
Simply, safety cables are what keep a garage door with broken springs from flying around your garage. While they are similar to the cables on your garage door, they typically weigh less. They attach to the track of the garage door or the wall near the pulleys, they lace through the springs of the garage door, and connect to the same support that your cable springs do.
The safety cables come in a kit with fasteners and it will take less than an hour to install a pair of them. It’s always a good idea to double check your track set up to see all the necessary parts that are needed. When you find a kit, check all the parts that are included to verify if you need to buy any parts separately.
Are Safety Cables Needed?
Safety cables are an optional, but very necessary, accessory for your garage door. If a spring happens to break, it can seal across your garage with a force that can penetrate a double layer of wallboard. Now imagine that it hits your vehicle, or even worse, you or a family member.
It’s important to be on a very steady ladder while you are lacing the cables through the springs, which can be difficult. Always make sure to check the movement of functions of the door before you move to install the other side. Leave a little bit of slack when installing the cable, you don’t want to pull it too tight and cause problems.
Installing Your Safety Cables
- Lace the cable with the open end through the hole in the metal garage door frame that is near where the moveable pulley’s cable is attached. To minimize the chance of binding, try to choose a hole that is close to the garage door opening.
- Lace your cable upwards through the middle of the spring.
- Lace the cable through a hole that is in the upper vertical spring, near where the spring is attached to. Bring it back and secure it to the cable itself using a cable clamp.
Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3
This is the last thing to do to ensure that the safety cable has been installed correctly and is ready to go. You are going to test the free movement of your door, very slowly, so you are sure the cable doesn’t bind or obstruct the doors operation. Once you are sure there is no issue, you are done with your installation!
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