Originally Posted by GrandPa
Cperez: Thanks for the enlightening post and all the information. And thanks to MSCA and others for their input. This was an eye opener. I’m planning on moving into a new (to me) home in a few months and the first thing I was going to do was purchase a new Jeep. Now, the first thing may be to check the garage doors system for the safety of my family (and the new Jeep). I wish the administrators of this site could somehow highlight this thread so that everyone would read it. Thanks again.
I have learned a lot from this discussion, too. From what I understand, the risk with a torsion spring design is that when it fails, the door slams down guillotine-style. There must be some sort of failsafe clutch mechanism or something, or is it an inherent danger of that design? Hard to believe, if so.
When an extension spring fails, there seems to be less potential danger to people and property because a) the door is already down, and b) there is a simple and effective way to prevent a flyaway spring.
Glad you found this thread useful, GP, and welcome to the group. I agree this is a great resource populated by some quality people.