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How to Properly Measure a Garage Door Torsion Spring

 

STEP 1:  Determine Wind Direction

Look at the end of the spring to determine the wind direction.  If the end of the spring points in the clockwise direction it is a left wound spring. If the end of the spring points in the counter-clockwise direction it is a right wound spring. 
 

 
                                                                                                         Left  Wind                Right Wind
 

STEP 2: Measure Inside Diameter

Measure the inside diameter of your spring with a tape measure or caliper.  Most common inside diameters are 2, 2 5/8, 3 3/4" and 6
 

 

Step 3:  Determine Wire Size

WIRE SIZE: A spring's wire size can be determined by several different tools or techniques. Use of a caliper, micrometer, or wire gauge are common ways to determine a spring's wire size. If none of these tools are available, you can easily measure how many coils are in 20 inches then divide the amount of coils into 20. (Example:  20 80 = .250) or simply measure ten coils of wire to the nearest 1/16th of an inch, and refer to the spring chart below.  Important:  the spring must be tightly compressed with no gaps with no tension. It's also a good idea to measure twenty coils as a double check.

  

Length of 10 Coils

Length of 20 Coils

Wire Size

1 1/4"

2 1/2"

.125

1 3/8

2 3/4"

.135

1 7/16

2 7/8

.142

1 1/2"

3

.1483

1 9/16

3 1/8

.1562

1 5/8

3 1/4"

.162

1 11/16

3 3/8

.170

1 3/4"

3 1/2"

.177

1 7/8

3 3/4"

.1875

1 15/16

3 7/8

.192

2 1/16

4 1/8

.207

2 3/16

4 3/8

.2187

2 1/4"

4 1/2"

.2253

2 5/16

4 5/8

.2343

2 7/16

4 7/8

.2437

2 1/2"

5

.250

2 5/8

5 1/4"

.2625

2 3/4"

5 1/2"

.273

2 13/16

5 5/8

.283

2 7/8

5 3/4"

.289

2 15/16

5 7/8

.295

3 1/16

6 1/8

.3065

3 1/8

6 1/4"

.3125

3 3/16

6 3/8

.3195

3 5/16

6 5/8

.331

3 7/16

6 7/8

.3437

3 5/8

7 1/4"

.3625

3 3/4"

7 1/2"

.375

3 15/16

7 7/8

.3938

4 1/16

8 1/8

.4062

4 7/32

8 7/16

.4218

4 5/16

8 5/8

.4305

4 3/8

8 3/4"

.4375

4 17/32

9 1/16

.4531

4 5/8

9 1/4"

.4615

4 11/16

9 3/8

.4687

4 7/8

9 3/4"

.490

5

10

.500

5 5/16

10 5/8

.5312

5 5/8

11 1/4"

.5625

6 1/4"

12 1/2"

.625

 


































Step 4:  Measure Length of Spring

Use a tape measure to measure the length of the spring to the nearest half of an inch.  If the spring is broken measure both segments.  Measure spring only, do not include length of winding and anchor cones.
 

 



Also see simple video below



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