Today I must proclaim it “damn you garage door torsion spring day!” It’s unfortunate but I must add the garage door torsion spring to my list of official enemies of this blog. This little contraption acted as a huge pain in my derriere (which is equally as huge). It would appear that without this type of spring my garage wouldn’t be able to open. Having a garage door that won’t open isn’t conducive to having a happy First Lady. An unhappy First Lady is bad news for me. Thus the importance of replacing the darn garage door torsion spring.
Against the grain of my poor Mr. Fix skills I had planned to fix this problem myself. I thought this would surely be a job that I could do. I mean really, how hard could it be to take a spring off and replace it? I’ve had pretty good success when playing with slinky’s and replacing the springs in my old school blue marking pens, so in essence I thought I had already accrued a solid base of knowledge when it came to working with springs. To increase this wide base of knowledge I went on a fact finding mission and I googled up some info on this seemingly easy replacement.
I was amazed to find out that a gentleman by the name of Richard J. Kinch devoted enough time to produce a 41 page blog entry on the subject. Already this spring replacement became much too difficult. I briefly perused this lengthy document of how to go about replacing the torsion spring and I stopped abruptly when I arrived at the part where Mr. Kinch states
These are dangerous things that many people can do safely, but that safety depends on intelligent understanding and application of proper techniques.
From that statement I knew I was pooched right then and there. My safety “depends on intelligent understandings?” That’s a definite stretch right there for a bumbling tool like myself. For any of those who know me, intelligence and myself do not go hand in hand. Especially when dealing with tools and the impending chance that I might impale myself and become part of an unusual statistic – death by torsion spring.
All in all I figured it would be pretty prudent to call in a professional. Thus making it necessary to nominate the garage door torsion spring as my 4th official enemy of this blog.