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How to determine the correct extension spring for your garage door

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Determining the correct spring for your door can be done one of several ways.

1 – Extension springs are color coated, see the chart below and order accordingly.

2 – Weigh the door. For a single car door place a bath scale in the center of the opening, remove all spring tension from the door and lower the door onto the scale. For a double door use two bath scales, a foot in from each side of the opening. Over time doors pick up weight, paint and moisture can add significantly to the overall weight of the door, weighing the door is the ONLY way to be positive of the proper springs required. However, great care must be taken when weighing the door. Total door weight indicates the springs you will need, for example, if the door weighs 100 pounds, you need two 100 pound springs, one on each side. When using two scales, add the weights together for the total door weight.

 

DOOR MUST BE IN THE FULLY OPEN POSITION TO REMOVE THE TENSION. RAISE DOOR & PUT VISE GRIPS ON THE TRACK UNDER THE BOTTOM ROLLERS (BOTH SIDES OF THE DOOR) – REMOVE SPRING TENSION. ON A SINGLE CAR DOOR TWO PEOPLE CAN LOWER THE DOOR ONTO THE SCALE –TWO CAR DOORS WILL REQUIRE COME ALONGS TO LOWER THE DOOR – ONE ON EACH SIDE.

BEWARE OF PICH POINTS WHEN LOWERING DOOR ONTO SCALE.

GARAGE DOORS ARE HEAVY! TAKE NECASSARY PRECAUTIONS!

STAGE CLAMPS ON DOOR TRACKS TO CATCH DOOR IF IT GETS AWAY FROM YOU.

DASMA OFFICIAL COLOR CODES
EXTENSION SPRINGS

#10

WHITE

#20

GREEN

#30

YELLOW

#40

BLUE

#50

RED

#60

BROWN

#70

ORANGE

#80

GOLD

#90

LT.BLUE

#100

TAN

#110

WHITE

#120

GREEN
#130 YELLOW
#140 BLUE
#150 RED
#160 BROWN
#170 ORANGE
#180 GOLD
#190 LT. BLUE
#200 TAN
#210 WHITE
#220 GREEN
#230 YELLOW
#240 BLUE
#250 RED
#260 BROWN
#270 ORANGE
#280 GOLD
#290 LT. BLUE
#300 TAN