How to Install Safety Cables On Your Garage Door Spring
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Why do I need safety cables? What are they anyway?
cables help to prevent a garage door spring from flying around the
garage if and when it breaks!
One end of the cable is attached to the garage door track
or wall near the stationary pulleys with the cable laced through
the garage door springs, and the other end is connected to the same
support that the spring is connected.
It is easy to install safety cables
(less than an hour for a pair) and they come in a kit form with
all necessary parts. Be sure to look at your garage door track setup
before you shop. You may have to buy some components separately
if a general purpose kit doesn't have everything you need.
do you need safety cables? If a garage door spring
breaks and there is nothing holding it back, it can fly across the
garage with such force that it can penetrate a double layer of 5/8"
wallboard! Just imagine what it can do to somebody who is unlucky
enough to get in its way.
Be very careful when you are working
on top of your ladder. When lacing the cables through the garage
door spring, make sure that there is a slight slack so that the
cable is not pulling on anything that can hinder the operation of
the spring. Be sure to check the free movement and proper function
of all door parts on one side before installing the other side.
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