Garage. Friday , October 20th , 2017 - 18:58:48 PM
Garages are mostly multi-purpose in most homes. Different family members may come in and out of their garage as garages can be used as a play room for kids, a band practice room for a teenage son, or a work room or workshop for a hobby of a father. Multi-purposes garages are also occupied most of the time compared to vehicle parking area garages. For this reason, a garage owner may decide to equip his garage with garage gadgets and accessories that can make the difference between a good and productive "garage-time" and a poor one.
In response to the inherently dangerous old style garage spring issues as above, a newer and safer system for opening the overhead garage door was created. The idea was to transfer the load or weight of the door via a cable and pulley system to a vertical rod now equipped with a torsion (twisted) spring. This type of spring is installed with specialty hardware and bolts to a fixed plate at one end, while the entire spring is installed around a horizontal pipe. This load balancing device is normally installed directly over the header of the garage opening. Using appropriate cables, connectors and pulleys, the weight of the garage door is transferred into the torsion spring system. The difference between the old style stretched spring and the newer torsion spring is the way that the spring energy is stored. With the old style stretched spring, the energy is stored and released by pulling on the spring or returning the spring to its un-stretched condition. With a torsion type of spring, the energy is imparted or removed by rotating the spring clockwise or counter clockwise depending upon the direction of usage. With professional installation, the complete loading of the torsion spring is controlled by the garage installer, and is determined by the weight and size of the garage door that it is operating. When this type of torsion spring fails, it remains attached and intact to the location on the horizontal control rod where it was mounted. I have not heard of or seen any torsion spring fly across a garage, creating injury from failed components as with the stretched older style garage door springs. This is not to say that injuries have not occurred with the torsion style spring. The installation of this type of spring is generally safe when left to a trained garage door installation professional. Severe and serious injuries have occurred when untrained, unqualified individuals have attempted to install or service this type of spring. In most installations, a warning tag is left attached adjacent to the torsion spring when the garage door is installed. This tag warns of the danger associated with the stored energy of this spring, and alerts untrained individuals to not attempt any repair, adjustment or to even touch the spring and associated hardware. When the label that should be attached to this spring becomes damaged, is removed or tampered with, it is important that a new warning label be reattached immediately to show the dangers of this spring tension
In lots of ways, installing nice flooring within the garage is the opposite of the reason for the room. When the garage is big enough, consider putting inexpensive tiles or faux flooring in a set part of the garage to produce a much more comfortable work zone. Again, don’t put an excessive amount into it-- this area is susceptible to spills and permanent messes as well. Finishing areas of the garage interior will make it more pleasing to come home to, in addition to a better space for taking care of DIY small remodels, and arts and crafts. It is important that the garage not be neglected and ignored as part of the functioning livable part of a house.