Garage Door Cable Drums – “How To Install” DIY

Garage Door Cable DrumsGarage door cable drums are found on the ends of the torsion shaft and look like metal wheels or hubs. Cable drums help the garage door remain balanced and level as cables wrap around the drums. Residential and light commercial garage doors use drums with a four-inch diameter, while heavier doors use five-inch drums. Garage door cable drums are most commonly made from cast aluminum.

Garage Door Cable Drums

Torque Force 400-96 cable drums are four inches in diameter and are most commonly used for residential garage doors up to eight feet high. These drums have a weight capacity of 265 pounds per drum and can handle cables up to 1/8-inch thick. When you notice wear in the grooves that separate the cables, or cracks or chips in your old drums, it’s time to replace them. Torque Force 400-96 drums make excellent replacements for worn out or cracked OMI 8, APCO 400-8, DNS 4X, and Overhead TD-1A drums.

Torque Force 400-144 cable drums are four inches in diameter. With a weight capacity of 375 pounds, they can be used on heavier garage doors up to 12 feet high. A drum can sometimes slip, causing one side to be higher than the other so the door won’t seal on the ground. However, because the Torque Force 400-144 drum is wider, it provides more surface area for gripping the torsion bar and reduces the risk of a slip.

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DIY Garage Door Parts Tip

Make your door extremely quiet by upgrading to Torque Force 400-144 garage door cable drums. Their wider grooves hold thicker cables and allow for more separation between the cables. This prevents any rubbing, as well as the noise that is commonly heard during the last two feet of opening. Because the Torque Force 400-144 and Torque Force 400-96 are both four inches in diameter, there will be no change to your spring configuration or size. To silence your garage door even more, add a set of 3/32-inch torsion cables.

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