How to Install Wayne-Dalton Torquemaster Springs

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How to Install Wayne-Dalton Torquemaster Springs
The Wayne-Dalton TorqueMaster spring installation adds security to your garage. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Installing Wayne-Dalton TorqueMaster springs involves handling metal components with sharp edges that can cause serious cuts. Therefore, the first essential piece of installer equipment is a pair of heavy duty work gloves. Avoid installing this door--and disassembling or repairing any of its parts--on extremely windy days when the door could fall, causing damage or personal injury. When installing the TorqueMaster springs, resist the impulse to stick your fingers or hand between the door panels to get a firmer grip. Use only the pull rope or the lift plate to manually lift the door.

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Things you need

  • Illustrated install instructions
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Tape measure
  • Marker
  • Level
  • Ratchet and socket
  • ¼ by ½ lag bolts

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  1. 1

    Locate the TorqueMaster spring packet, remove all the parts and make sure they are all present, according to the packing slip enclosed. The TorqueMaster springs come pre-assembled and lubed inside the long torque tube. Lay the torque tube on the floor in front of the assembled door. The labelled end of the tube must be on the left, as you are standing on the inside of the door looking out. Push the drive gear assembly onto the tube from the right and toward the middle of the tube.

  2. 2

    Shake the winding tube until the winding shafts extend about 5 inches from the right end. Lift the torque tube up and over the flag angles and settle it in the grooves on the sides of the door. Push the right-end cable drum over the winding shaft all the way up against the torque tube. Make sure the winding shaft extends beyond the drum to expose the splines and groove.

  3. 3

    Position the right-end winding shaft groove in alignment with the rounded notch in the flag angle. Slide the loose winding shaft into the left cable drum until you expose the winding shaft groove. Push on the left cable drum until it is against the tube. Line up the left-end winding shaft groove with the notch in the flag angle, and set the assembled torque tube on the flag angles.

    How to Install Wayne-Dalton Torquemaster Springs
    The TorqueMaster spring is ready to add the attachment hardware to. (David Sacks/Lifesize/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Locate and position the centre bracket you slid on earlier by finding the centre of the torque tube and marking it, after you have checked it for level. Attach the metal centre bracket using the ratchet and ¼ by ½ lag bolts. Continue to check for level as you tighten.

  5. 5

    Mount the counter gear onto the right-end bracket, with the missing tooth facing in the opposite direction of the bracket. Push the counter gear onto the end hub until you feel and hear it snap into place.

  6. 6

    Position the "0" of the right-end counter assembly in exact alignment with the raised rib on the end bracket. Push the counter gear cover onto the counter gear assembly until it, too, snaps into place. The spring is now installed. Follow the remaining illustrated instructions for adjusting the counterbalance cable and finishing the frame.

Tips and warnings

  • There is no counter gear or cover for the left side.
  • Warning tags must be attached to both the end brackets.

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