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Garage door cables help to extend the life of extension and torsion springs by reducing tension. They also help your garage door operate more smoothly and can serve as a safety net should a spring break. Properly functioning garage door cables can be the difference between a minor annoyance and a serious injury.
There are three types of garage door cables: torsion spring cables, extension spring cables, and safety cables. They come in various lengths, thicknesses, and strand counts.
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Safety cables are used to restrain the extension spring when the cable or extension spring breaks. They are run through the center of the extension spring and tied off at both ends. If you have extension springs on your garage door, safety cables can prevent costly damage to your car or serious injury to you and your family. With extension springs and cables, it’s not a matter of if they’ll break. It’s a matter of when they break.
Safety cables come in 3/32-inch and 1/8-inch diameters. They should be 108 inches for a seven-foot door and 120 inches for an eight-foot door.
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