Lucille Garage Doors October 17th, 2017 - 17:08:56
In response to the inherently dangerous old style garage spring issues as above a newer and safer system for opening the overhead garage door was created. The idea was to transfer the load or weight of the door via a cable and pulley system to a vertical rod now equipped with a torsion (twisted) spring. This type of spring is installed with specialty hardware and bolts to a fixed plate at one end while the entire spring is installed around a horizontal pipe. This load balancing device is normally installed directly over the header of the garage opening. Using appropriate cables connectors and pulleys the weight of the garage door is transferred into the torsion spring system. The difference between the old style stretched spring and the newer torsion spring is the way that the spring energy is stored. With the old style stretched spring the energy is stored and released by pulling on the spring or returning the spring to its un-stretched condition.
This weakening of the springs or points of attachment would often lead to an inadvertent explosive failure flinging the broken spring components across the garage embedding the spring or steel components into the garage walls cars or other items in the path of travel. Unfortunately sometimes people were in the path of travel of these explosive occurrences. As these springs failed as an attempted safeguard some manufacturers devised a "caging" system for the springs. These cages were retrofitted onto the stretched springs in an attempt to capture the parts that would release if a failure occurred. While these caging devices were helpful they were not completely effective. Some of these spring devices are still in use today. Whenever this condition exists or the quality of garage components are questionable a qualified professional service technician should be consulted.
This story was published in the "Far North Dallas Advocate" magazine in the March 2011 issue. It had a happy ending but how easily it could have turned tragic. What if the wife had not awakened during the night? What if the husband did not have a rifle? What if the robber struggled with the husband and took his rifle away? A simple robbery could have easily turned into a homicide. Now ask yourself this: "What if that had been your home and your family that were threatened?"
Now she knows that something isnt right. As she stands there rubbing her eyes trying to make sense of what was happening a man suddenly emerges from her family room looking at one of her familys DVD covers. At that point the wife begins screaming for her husband "Someone is in the house! Get up! Get up! When the husband ran out of the bedroom he saw the criminal sprinting across the house to the front door. It just so happens that there was a child safety lock on the front door so the home invader stood there struggling with the front door long enough for the husband to retrieve his rifle and grab the man. The police soon came as they held the robber at bay and an arrest was made. It turns out that this burglar was part of a group who had been invading homes in the area.