A spring hinge is an innovative device that has come to replace traditional hinges, and hence is used in garage doors for facilitating automatic closing of the door. When the door is opened, there is a tension placed on the spring, causing it to undergo contraction in the barrel and as a result, get compressed. Similarly, when closing the garage door the spring expands. Therefore, to remove a garage door with a spring hinge, all the tension inside the barrel has to be removed and only then can you take off the hinge to remove the door.
Step 1 - Initial Steps
See where the bottom spring hinge is located. Now take the hex wrench and put it at the top of the hinge. You may also buy a torsion lever from a hardware store and insert the end of the lever in the hole meant for adjusting the hinge, which is present at the side of the spring hinge. At times, either mechanism works or sometimes you need to use both. Check what suits your garage door spring hinge.
Step 2 - Locate the Pin
After you have positioned the lever or the wrench properly, turn it (either wrench or lever) in a counterclockwise direction. Keep turning till the small tension pin is visible from the outside. The pin will protrude out of the hole at the hinge barrel’s side. The pin is small and round and will automatically come out of the retainer if the wrench or lever is turned in the correct manner.
Step 3 - Pull Out Pin
Without removing the lever or the wrench from its position, take thin needle nose pliers and carefully place it on the head of the pin, and gently pull it out. This way, the tension acting on the spring inside the barrel of the door hinge is released.
Step 4 - Remove Hinges
Now turn the lever or the wrench in the opposite, clockwise direction slowly. This is needed to remove the tension on the spring entirely. You will know that the tension is removed once the spring expands to its maximum capacity in the hinge barrel. At this point, the lever or wrench, too, shall stop turning any further clockwise. There will be three spring hinges on the door, therefore repeat the steps on them as well, so that the tension on all the springs is removed completely. Proceed from the bottom to the top hinge gradually so that the door does not fall out from the top and hit you.
Step 5 - Remove Door
Locate where the screws are attached on the garage door and also on the jamb side near the lower hinge. Take the screwdriver and loosen the screws by turning in a counter-clockwise direction. Repeat this on all the screws and take them out of all the hinges. While working on this step, ask someone to hold the door. Your door is now completely free from the spring hinges and can be taken off. Make sure you have somebody to help you remove the door as it can be too cumbersome to handle all by yourself.
Step 6 - Final Steps
Carefully collect all the screws and hinges you detached and store them safely in a zip bag for use in the future. If you do not get a zip bag, use a normal plastic bag and seal its opening using duct tape. You may safely keep the door somewhere in case you want to use it for re-installation later on.