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8Apr 2020

How to Install a Garage Door Safety Cable

Garage doors are home components that are always in operation and, therefore, constantly exposed to wear and tear. They are a safety feature of the garage door running through the torsion springs and does the heavy lifting of the door every time it comes up or goes down. The cable also works as a backup just in case the spring fails. This way, it prevents violent spring recoil and prevents any damage or injury to the door or any property. The cables can sometimes slacken and come out of the track, or if the tension is too high, they can snap and fall off.

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Worn out cables must, therefore, be replaced as a form of maintenance activity. However, installing garage door cables is not a difficult task. If you are that person who is comfortable with wires and cables, your basic experience is enough to assist in the installation of new cables without involving an expensive garage door technician. Those processes must, however, be procedural and follow certain prescribed processes. Before attempting cable repair, find out the cause and kind of damage and follow the following steps.

Step 1 – Avail the required tools and materials

Installing the cables and adjusting the door springs certainly require certain tools and materials. You need to gather all the required tools prior to beginning the process in order to avoid running up and down once you begin the process.

Step 2 – Wrap the cables

Having provided all, you need to begin the process. Take the pulley-guide and wrap the cables on them. Make sure the cables are extending on either side to allow for easy connection with the ceiling as well as the track. Always close the garage door before routing the cables. This way, you will be able to tighten them adequately using your screws.

Step 3 – Attach the cables

The door bottom has slots for attaching the cables. Attach the cables in the slots making sure that the cables rest comfortably on the track of the door. Remember that if the cables do not rest on the track properly, then the whole installation process will flop. Once this is confirmed, attach the other ends on the overhead setting. This is done by unscrewing or losing the screws before fixing the cables in it. Once this is done, use a screwdriver to tighten the screws back and make sure the cables attain the necessary tension to reduce wear when the door is in operation.

Step 4 – Installation troubleshooting

Once the cables are installed, you should attempt to operate the door by opening and closing carefully to check if the door operates normally. You should begin by confirming that the cables are resting properly on the track, as mentioned earlier. Also, check that the cables are not too short and have the most appropriate tension. It is advisable to have a longer cable as this can be easily repaired in case of an issue. It is vital to keep the cables free from the accumulation of debris by avoiding the use of heavy lubricants, which may attract dirt.

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