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Up and over garage door - detached cable

Discussion in 'Windows and Doors' started by pooksahib, 12 Jun 2021.

  1. pooksahib

    pooksahib

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    Hi. The pic shows the type of garage door I have. A slam caused by high wind has left one side wonky with the cable off its grooves. I unclipped the cable from the plastic cone but can't figure out how to put it back.

    Do you start with the door in the closed position? That seems logical to me but I just can't stretch the wire enough to clip it in.

    My thanks for any pointers offered.
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    You need to take tension off the spring. But be careful as you can mak the situation far worse. Google, the make fo your garage dooe & there will be lots of videos on how to replace the cables
     
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    As said there are loads of videos. Be aware that you can seriously hurt yourself if it goes tits up.
    The guy on a video I watched used a piece of metal stock so that it was jammed against the building while working- as a safety measure

    I did one myself before YouTube was around and it was quite scary.
    You could easily loose a finger if you're not careful
     
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    Looks like I'm gonna get professional help, then. Thanks guys.
     
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    It's a fairly common issue, the cables coming of these doors....

    I reattached mine a few times, before I finally replaced the door with an electric roller shutter door. The spring has the minimum tension on it with door fully open, unfortunately that is usually when you cannot access it as the door is then in the way - as in my case. I ended up with door closed, tensioning it with pulleys, then clamping the cable under tension with two Mole clamps to the steel frame, to allow the cable to be reconnected to the hook on the door. It was bloody scary doing it - I wore thick leather gloves, a heavy coat and a face mask just in case.

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    You can loose much more than a finger, if it goes wrong. Mine uses a pair of coil springs, in a channel above the door, stretched lengthwise to apply tension. For around £450 I decided to buy and fit myself, a remote control electric roller shutter - which is much more convenient and not nearly as dangerous when it goes wrong :)
     
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    Actually, it turned out to be simple. A neighbour with an engineering background had a look at it for me. With the door closed, he used a spanner to turn the spring rod a wee bit which enabled the cable to reach the slot on the cone. The door then opened as normal.
     
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    Well done. They are quite simple. I use molegrips on the cones & axles for safety when I need o adjust mine. Note: you are not supposed to use grease on the runners. A mistake a lot of people make.
     
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