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Old 04-14-17, 10:04 AM   #1
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I have a 20’ x 8’ garage door on my barn. It was opening part way when I helped it would open the whole way. I was going to adjust the door opener. This side of the garage does not have a door it has two windows in the back that latch on both sides so no one can break in.

When I go in to adjust it I close it with the switch that is ½ way down the wall maybe 15 ‘away from the door. Whack the spring on the one side breaks. I try to open the door it only opens a couple inches.

I was like no problem I pull release cable and get out of here. Will I pull the release and I cannot lift the door it is just too heavy without the spring helping. I did not see that coming. I think I can push the switch and help lift maybe it can get it open. I put two pieces 1 ¼” conduit together trying to push the switch and open the door. This did not work. I did have cell phone and I beeped saying low battery. My family is on spring vacation so I was on my own.

Then I went to the switch pushed the switch and put the conduit under the door. Pushed the switch it opened a couple more inches I pushed the conduit more At this point it was pushing the conduit down so I got a leg from a cherry picker and put it under the door I was able to do this a few cycles. I finally got the door open what it look like I could squeeze through that opening. I was able to get out and glad to be out of the garage.

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Wow.. The Great Escape! When you explained the problem, I started wondering if
you had a hydraulic floor jack in there with you.. I have two in my garage..
I also have a side entry door..

My OHD installer didn't include safety cables. (Prevents flying springs).
I didn't even know such a thing existed. After the Bang! I learned.
Yeah, seeing large the dent that a broken flying spring made in a 2x4, I added the cables..
I highly recommend them.. Odd, it's been over a dozen years and no more broken springs.?.

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