Garage Door Replacement Concerns

Old 07-21-18, 10:56 AM
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Garage Door Replacement Concerns


Just a little background: I'm pretty handy and have renovated two of our prior homes, the last one very extensively. I've done a lot of rewiring, wired a new 3-bedroom addition, installed roofing, vinyl siding, redesigned and installed hot a zoned hot water heating system, hung and finished drywall, and installed a replacement garge door, etc etc. I say all this not to brag, but just to drive the point home that I can handle replacing our current garage door. Also, I am very aware that torsion springs can be very dangerous, which is why I'm seeking advice before I proceed with this project...

I am replacing our current 16' single layer garage door with a new double layer door.

The current door has one 33" torsion spring.

The new door has two 22" torsion springs and an S3 Winder.

My concern is regarding the existing spring pad. The installation instructions say that the spring pad should be attached with 5/16" x 4" lag bolts. My current spring pad is attached with what appear to be 16d nails. See pic.

I really do not want to replace that spring pad, as I see that leading to drywall patching, etc. BUT, I also don't want myself or anyone else injured due to an inadequately attached spring pad either.

Our house was built around 2003. Were the requirements different back then? Would I be okay to do the install without any changes to the spring pad?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-21-18, 01:17 PM
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The pad is nailed to the header just to bring it out beyond the sheetrock and flush with the other door framing. It's likely a length of 2 x 6 or 2 x 8. I don't see an issue, but why not drill 2 or 3 holes between the nails and use some lag screws/washers right down the center? Would take 5 min and the cost of the bolts. I'd probably use 3 - 3 12" bing bing...done.
Old 07-22-18, 03:51 AM
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The nails do pull out from time to time, I usually will throw in a few 3 inch deck screws to secure the pad better or you can use 3 inch lags in your spring bracket and catch the wood behind the pad too, pre drill the pad first though.

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