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Garage Door Torsion Spring Replacement

30 Apr

About ten years ago our NEW, no really new, not new to us, house garage door just stopped working.  To my shock, and dismay, I couldn’t open the door!  My parents house didn’t have a garage door, it was open front and back.  With no experience I was very surprised that the two modest looking springs at the center of the garage opening just above the garage door did a lot of work.

I didn’t know who to call, so I looked on the Internet.  I’m sure I put “Katy, TX” in the search.

I found someone, called them.  A very tall, great for garage door spring work, man showed up and for $120 he could fix my door.

I watch him carefully and was surprised at how quickly and easily it was to fix this issue.

Fast forward to present day and I found this about a week ago…

I was relieved to find that the garage door opener was still able to open and close the two car garage door, otherwise I wouldn’t have had the option to wait for a pair of replacement springs.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

The very friendly gentleman that had fixed my broken spring(s) before had cleverly left his business card stapled to my wall just above the garaged door opener switch!

 I gave him a call!  I told him I had a broken torsion spring.  He asked a couple of questions, again very friendly, and told me that they were selling a replacement spring that had many more cycles (door opening and closing count) that the standard springs.  The {nn,nnnn) cycle spring replacement would be $250 and and even better spring set would be $350.  Holy hell!  I figured it would be more expensive, maybe $160 now, well that’s what I was hoping for.

I thanked this very nice man for the information and hung up the phone.  I headed over to youtube to see what information I could find about replacing these springs myself.  Wow!  There is a lot of information out there, and apparently quite a bit of YOU CAN DIE A HORRIBLE DEATH REPLACING YOUR OWN GARAGE DOOR SPRINGS!

I watched this video with excellent information and bad audio…

After seeing this I jumped over to Amazon.

Yep!  $55 plus $4.68 shipping.

I needed to figure out what size springs I needed so I watched this video…

Springs came in this past Thursday.  Garage door was still going up and down so I got around to replacing them tonight.  I’m sure it took me less than an hour and keep in mind it was my first time.

 

The only surprise was someone had tightened the bolts down on the torsion springs so tight that it dented the pipe and deformed it.  Making it impossible to remove the old springs.  A mini sledge and less than a couple of minutes whacking the pipe got it back in shape to slide the springs off.

I spend an extra $11 for quick shipping.  These springs were not available for Prime, so I spent a total of $71.  I used a step stool, a cresent wrench (the bolts they use have 4 sides and I couldn’t find a hex socket to fit them all).  So this job would even be quicker with the right socket.  Oh!  The springs came with the winding rods!

I can’t express how simple this is.  The only danger I can think of is the spring breaking while your tightening it or loosing it, and if that happened the spring would stay on the rod.  Still I think it’s a good idea to wear eye protection while doing this job.

$250 minus $71 = $179.  Keep in mind these are your standard five to seven year springs, not those uber fancy springs the door doctor was going to sell me, but for $179 I can replace the springs 3.25 times!  That would be a conservative 15 years, and perhaps 21 years!

I did not feel I was in danger at ANY time.  Just be sure and follow the steps from the video I have embedded here in their proper order.  Winding the springs got a little tough as I was getting to 31 quarter turns.  Oh and it was hot in the garage with the door closed. 😛





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Liberals Bringing Electronic Voting Near You?

27 Feb

Even after calls for Russian involvement in the hacking and changing the results of the last presidential election I predict that we will see a push from liberal democrats to move to electronic voting.

If you’re a liberal prepare to be insulted. 😉

Generally speaking liberals believe they are smarter than you, well unless you’re a liberal.  You know you’re smart enough to be a liberal so obviously you have something going on in the grey matter, right?

Liberals are like an advance alien race that need to keep things going in the right direction so the indigent lower life forms can live, and not just live but in the proper way.

Liberals have had a great shock to their obvious superiority largely due to the dumb people of America not listening to them.  This has the be resolved!  The non liberals cannot be allowed to hurt themselves.  Liberals can’t remove the right to vote because of that pesky “living document” the constitution so the next best thing is to make every non-liberal a felon!  Felons can’t vote!  And liberals are very much like jailers deciding what non-liberals can do what they eat, etc…

No wait, that won’t work.  Ahhhhh liberals need the ability to tweak the votes that are cast, this is where electronic voting enters the picture.  Even though these superior beings are, well superior, they still can be prosecuted and put in prison!  With electronic voting there is always a possibility that some hacker, Russian, North Korean, pretty any country that isn’t majority Muslim, could have hacked the vote!

Plausible deniability!

Yes I am being sarcastic, but I can see a bit of possibility in this happening.  Be very worried when any group of people think they know better than you.  Oh well I guess if they think it, it’s fine, it is when they actively try to usurp your ability to live your life, legally, in the way you wish when it’s a red flag.

I find it interesting that some liberals hate Church people, hate intolerance and H8 bullying, yet they think you should live a certain way (Church lady like), will verbally and even physically attack you if you don’t agree with them, and well that applies to the bullying as well.

This anti-bullying sounds great, and seems logical and like common sense, except when people that would normally fear a punch in the nose now don’t yet lack to show the basic respect for another’s thoughts and opinions.  I don’t like the idea of physical violent, I’m just saying when you think you could get punched you tend to behave better.  You know they way your Mommy and Daddy taught you with punishment when you misbehaved?

Unlike liberals (lol no not all liberals) I do like hearing other opinions.  It’s a chance for me to learn something new!  If you have an opinion on this please type it in the comments!





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Liberals Waterboarding of America

19 Jan

For the past 8 years, and likely 9 to 10 years, liberals have been waterboarding America.  Waterboarding by way of calling names, shaming and even physically attacking people that didn’t think and speak like them.

As you may have heard torture is an unsuccessful way to obtain useful information.  I’ll extent that to it’s an unsuccessful way to win people over to your way of thinking.

So many people do not like confrontation.  They’d much rather not speak or if they must speak say as little as possible so they won’t be attacked.

Also some people will be upset enough to remember how they felt, and go against you at their first opportunity.

Voting for NON-liberals is one way to pay liberals back for their bullying.  Yes bullying!

I would recommend to the people of “inclusion” that you let people speak their minds and have a logically, respectful conversation as to why what you believe in is the right direction to go.

Donald Trump’s win is the fault of poorly behaving, disrespectful, hating liberals everywhere.  It’s even Hillary’s fault, with labeling people “deplorables”.

It’s never too late to grow up.  Apologize and try keeping that pie hold closed.  Try listening.  It doesn’t matter how RIGHT you are as everyone’s vote counts the same.  When people are in the voting booth they can be who they are and not who you have bullied them to be.





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I used to be a Windows person but now I’m an APPLE!

25 Oct

I have heard on three occasions now “I used to be a Windows person, but now I’m a Mac!”  “Apples are just so much easier to use.”  “I’m not a technical person and the Apple is just so much simpler.”

Really?!?!

It took me about two days, maybe three, to get comfortable using the MAC.  Not because it’s simple, but because it is like Windows, or maybe Windows copied them, I don’t care.

I started using Windows with version 3.1, well technically version 2 but I’d say the first true incarnation that is very similar to todays version was 3.1.  It wasn’t until 2016 that I started using and Apple MAC.

I’m telling you there is no difference between IOS and Windows.  If you can use one you can use the other.  So if you want to spend a God awful amount of money for a MAC IOS system over a Windows running on companies that COMPETE to bring you the lowest possible price on hardware, go ahead.  I’m just telling you that you don’t have to.

If you need to sit in that college audience and have an Apple logo on your laptop buy a sticker and put it on there and save several HUNDRED dollars, or save it for your parents.

I see nothing better with the Apple hardware or software.  Oh the virus argument?  The Apple MAC is no less susceptible to attack than a Windows computer.  You’ll see.

I use Windows, Linux and Android for my phone.  I firmly believe Linux is the future but I don’t need to have Apple put their GUI on it and present it to me as MAC IOS.

Find you a good hardware manufacture and run Windows until Linux is ready for prime time.

Samsung has great smartphone and they still have a analog audio jack!





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90 Days of MAC

13 Jun

Now 90 days have passed.  I have found virtually no difference between MAC and Windows.  My MAC has locked up and I had to power cycle my MAC book pro, just once, but then again I’ve only done this less than a handful of time for Windows.  Save a thousand dollars and get something that isn’t a MAC.

In my opinion MAC is nothing more than a GUI like GNOME or KDE.  It’s a good GUI but I suspect that it won’t be much longer before we can all switch to LINUX and not have to pay excessive amounts of money for hardware or an operating system.

With the recent direction that Microsoft has gone with Windows 10 I can see myself getting away from Windows.

Bottom line, there is no reason for me to own an Apple product.

What am I missing?  I don’t see the appeal to a product that limits you to just their products, and way of thinking.  Just seems like a different more expensive Microsoft way of thinking to me.





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