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Just to add to another not so great thing going on at my house right now, i have a broken spring on my garage door. No color on it, but i found a tag on it that has "32-42-250"
i dont find tons of good info googling just that. it is an extension spring, and has clipped ends (based on my recent google search). This is a 7' x 16' insulated garage door.
The spring i measured on the other side comes in at about 37" compressed. i guess the good news is, it doesnt appear as though it wailed my Camaro on its way to making itself a 2 piece spring.

I sort of assume that the 250 is the poundage, and maybe the others are the compressed and extended length, although the other one looks to be way longer than 42 extended.

anybody in the know on garage doors?
 

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I'm not in the know, but I just had to replace the spring on my door. It took a crap one morning leaving my wife stuck at home for the day. I was able to Google my way into a new set of springs I got from Amazon.
I think this video will probably help you more the I can.
 

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Just to add to another not so great thing going on at my house right now, i have a broken spring on my garage door. No color on it, but i found a tag on it that has "32-42-250"
i dont find tons of good info googling just that. it is an extension spring, and has clipped ends (based on my recent google search). This is a 7' x 16' insulated garage door.
The spring i measured on the other side comes in at about 37" compressed. i guess the good news is, it doesnt appear as though it wailed my Camaro on its way to making itself a 2 piece spring.

I sort of assume that the 250 is the poundage, and maybe the others are the compressed and extended length, although the other one looks to be way longer than 42 extended.

anybody in the know on garage doors?
A good garage door vendor can set you up with the right springs, BUT, unless you really know what you are doing, let a professional do it. Yes, they CAN kill you, even if you do everything right. My buddy and I have teamed up to wind dozens of springs, (He's a journeyman carpenter, I've been around OH doors for 35 years) but a guy he knows had a spring hub explode. One of his winding rods came flying back at him and broke bones in his face, and he got off lucky. When I buy a NEW door, I buy the ones where you wind the springs with a cordless drill.
 

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I think this video will probably help you more the I can.
Sounds like its not a torsion spring. That being said one can have a safety cable installed within the extension spring for when it breaks again and it will.
I would convert it to a torsion spring. I have changed my torsion spring myself several times. Last time I got a 25K cycle spring and it has lasted for many years on a door that sees a lot of use. they are rated in duty cycles. When my kids were here I calculated the garage door did 10K cycles per year.
 

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Around five years ago one of the springs broke on our double garage door and the guy had a new spring installed in about a half hour which cost a little over $100.00
This fall the other one broke and the wife and I could not get the door up so she could get her car out.
The 69 year old wooden door was getting in pretty bad shape so we just had a new door installed.
 

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Extension springs may be easier to change than torsion springs. They have been in diy garage doors for years, and I was able to successfully install one.
Not sure where to buy one, but I would for sure get two new ones so they are matched.

I would change to a torsion spring setup in a second if I could.
 

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Local ACE hardware store carries replacement springs in my area, as does Home Depot / Lowe’s, etc.
 

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Cool we're talking about garage doors now on a Chevelle site :unsure:
This is the bench racing forum. It has allways been any ( non offensive) subject is cool here. Chevelle related info has almost all the other forums on this site. Nothing wrong with talking about garage doors here as far as im concerned.
 
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You don't need a door guy, and depending on where you live, just a house call to get a guy to look at it will be over 100 bucks.
They are easy to do. Just be careful. Door guys do them everyday and they learned once upon a time, right?
 

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Drive to the store, find the right spring, drive home, tear it apart, figure out what to do, figure out how to adjust it, did it many times, call a guy, replace both of you have two, a couple hundy. Done.
 

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Drive to the store, find the right spring, drive home, tear it apart, figure out what to do, figure out how to adjust it, did it many times, call a guy, replace both of you have two, a couple hundy. Done.
Door broke. I Googled what I needed and had a
springs in 2 days with Amazon prime. I never even left the house.

Plus not everyone like to pay for services that you can EASILY do themselves.

1. Maybe a "few hundy" comes easily for you but I'm not in spot to spend a "few hundy" on every problem I come across in life.
2. I am mechanical inclined. See above...
3. More money saved is more money towards chevelle parts.
4. Time spent fixing door would have been easily wasted finding and probably being jerked around by a repair guy.
 

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I believe Home Depot stocks and sells those springs. I f any question remove the unbroken one and match it up or buy two new ones plus the safety cables. However better off going to a commercial garage door store as they can throw installation tips your way if needed. Upgradeing will save you $$ in the long run.
one huge advantage of the torsion spring style is if and when it breaks it wont kil! Anyone or damage your vehicle. Honesty Im suprised the safety cables on the extension springs are not required by code.
 

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Door broke. I Googled what I needed and had a
springs in 2 days with Amazon prime. I never even left the house.

Plus not everyone like to pay for services that you can EASILY do themselves.

1. Maybe a "few hundy" comes easily for you but I'm not in spot to spend a "few hundy" on every problem I come across in life.
2. I am mechanical inclined. See above...
3. More money saved is more money towards chevelle parts.
4. Time spent fixing door would have been easily wasted finding and probably being jerked around by a repair guy.
I have a guy that is very reasonable, efficient and honest myself.

Years ago I did install a new cable on our double door and since I had never messed with one before that was a learning experience and re-winding the coil spring was really something to learn on.
 

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Cool we're talking about garage doors now on a Chevelle site :unsure:
If you look under the heading Bench Racing it says stories, cruising and more.
This is part of more.
There have been discussions about fixing the kitchen oven, the dishwasher ,and also refrigerators.
Why not garage doors?

Unless maybe this should be moved to the Tools and Shop forum?
 
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If I were you, I would call a pro. Mine broke this past summer. Cost a few hundred and done in an hour.
 

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I have a guy that is very reasonable, efficient and honest myself.

Years ago I did install a new cable on our double door and since I had never messed with one before that was a learning experience and re-winding the coil spring was really something to learn on.
Your door guy does me no good.
Lol.
 
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