Arizona Builders' Zone Arizona's Construction & Home Improvement Resource Fri, 02 Feb 2018 20:07:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Measure Your Garage Door Springs For Replacement or Repair Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:54:37 +0000 If you’re purchasing replacement garage door springs, it’s important to measure the old ones to ensure you buy the right ones. If purchasing from a specialist supplier they will ask for several details regarding the size of your springs, and you need to get these details yourself.


If your spring is broken in pieces, you will need to put them together just to measure as if they aren’t broken.

Once you perform all of the steps below you will have all the details you need to determine the exact size and specification of your spring. This can help you when ordering new parts from specialists and when performing other fixes and upgrades to your garage door.

If you learn better with video, this 5-minute step by step tutorial will show you how to measure your torsion springs for replacement:


Measuring The Length of Garage Door Springs

You need to measure the length of the spring when it is unwound, but you don’t necessarily have to unwind it to do this.

When preparing to measure your springs it’s important to make sure you don’t touch the cones on the end and that you hold the springs gently. So, put the springs down on a stable surface and then measure the length from the first coil to the last coil. You want to measure the coils that are on the cones, but you don’t want to measure the cones themselves.

If the spring is broken then the process is a little trickier. You want to make sure the spring is unwound, at which point you need to loosen the screws on the winding cone. When you are able to move the winding cone you need to slide the spring back together so that they are touching. At this point you can follow the steps above, measuring from the first coil to last coil.

Measuring The Wire Size of Garage Door Springs

The spring wire measurement is tricky as calipers and micrometers won’t do you any good. The best way to measure the wire size of your garage door springs is to simply measure 10, 20, 30 and 40 coils.

First, make sure the coils are compressed, as gaps can deliver an inaccurate measurement. Insert the end of the tape measure between two coils, count to 10 coils and pull the measure to the point between the 10th and 11th coils. Record this measurement to within 1/16th of an inch.

You then need to measure the width of 20, 30 and 40 coils and record these measurements. The 20 should be twice as long as the measurement you got above, and the 40 should be twice as long as that. If it is not, then you have made a mistake with one or all of them and need to measure again.

You can then compare your measurements to this chart:


Measuring the Inside Diameter of your Garage Door Spring

torsion-spring-replaceThe best way to measure the inside diameter of the spring is to look for markings on the cones. These markings will typically display the measurement you need. You may also find a number alongside the name of a manufacturer, in which case you can simply run a check for that number on the manufacturer’s website.

If you can’t find any measurement whatsoever (make sure you use a torch and that you scrape away debris that might be covering it) then use calipers to measure the inside diameter of your garage door spring. You can also contact Garage Door Nation’s free 24-hour online support for assistance.


Measuring the Wind of your Garage Door Spring

To discover whether your spring is a “Left Wound” or “Right Wound” simply look at the end of the coil and see which way it points (make sure the end is facing outwards, toward you). If it faces to the right, it’s a “Right Wound Coil”. If it faces to the left it’s a “Left Wound Coil”. It really is as simple as that.

If this all sounds too complicated, you may be able to simply provide the manufacturer with the serial number of your garage door and/or any measurements of the door itself.

Once Your Parts Come In, Perform the Replacement 

Once your parts arrive, you are ready to perform the replacement. If you ordered the bundle kit we recommend from Garage Door Nation then you should have pretty much all that you need to get the job done. This super helpful video tutorial will show you how to perform the spring replacement:

Save the Planet: Reduce Energy Use at Home Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:13:41 +0000 Save the Planet: Reduce Energy Use at Home

There are probably hundreds of ways you could reduce energy use at home, which makes the process of going green both easy and overwhelming. First of all, where do you start? What materials do you need? Especially in the beginning, you may be looking for easy steps to get you on the road to more environmentally-friendly living. You’re in luck. Here are a few easy ways to start living green:

Step 1: Eliminate the Little Things

Auditing your daily habits is the first step to changing them. Think about what’s in your trash bin. If plastic sandwich baggies, food waste or paper towels made your list, it’s time to make a change.

  • Replace plastic bags with reusable, dishwasher-safe fabric bags. Designed by three green moms, Lunchskins are made of durable, high-quality fabric used in European patisseries and bakeries because they are certified as food safe.
  • Instead of mixing your vegetable scraps and coffee grounds with the rest of your trash, keep a composting bin in the backyard. Wooden or recycled plastic bins make it easy to break down kitchen waste into organic matter.
  • Lastly, stop using paper towels. Instead, get in the habit of using fabric dishcloths to clean up spills, or buy or make cloth paper towel alternatives. Available online at Etsy, Kamsnaps and The Unpaper Towel, these tree-saving towels are both washable and reusable.

Step 2: Cut the Cord

Much of our home energy waste can be attributed to those little power cords tucked behind bookcases and found under furniture. Often called energy vampires, these cords may be attached to products that use standby power even when they are switched off. Nationwide, standby power accounts for more than $10 billion in wasted electricity consumption annually.

So how many cords do you have plugged in? From iPod docks and cell phone chargers to computer equipment and TVs, chances are you stopped counting after you reached 15. If it’s not constantly in use, unplug it. No, you’re not expected to remember and reach all 15! Instead, save yourself time by using a power strip as a central disconnect point. Doing so will prevent power waste and possibly save you $100 a year in electric bills, according to

Step 3: Watch the Temperature

You likely switch off the lights before leaving, but do you handle the thermostat in the same way? Heating or cooling an empty home is a common crime, and one you can easily avoid. Here are a couple simple ways:

  • Invest in a programmable thermostat that makes temperature tracking easy and efficient. For even more control, consider a smart, Wi-Fi equipped thermostat that allows you to control the temperature from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Found at major hardware stores, programmable thermostats range between $20-$300.
  • Consider installing energy-efficient window treatments to block unwanted UV rays.
  • Spend some time caulking windows and doors to prevent energy leaks.
  • If you live in an especially hot climate, consider using sun-reflecting window film as an additional heat controller.

Step 4: Reuse, Resell or Recycle

Instead of tossing that used ink cartridge in the trash or letting your old computers collect dust in the office closet, find a green way to dispose of them. For example, Staples offers a recycling and technology trade-in program online and in many stores. Just take your tech, including laptops and wireless routers, to your local store for a quote or log on to If you accept their offer, you’ll be awarded with a Staples eCash Card to use online or in the store. Additionally, the store gives $2 back in Staples Rewards for every ink cartridge you bring in. Best Buy has a similar recycling program that accepts most electronics and large appliances for free.

Interior Design Trends For 2014 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:53:11 +0000 The 2014 home has certain buzzwords and and rules of thumb according to this infographic from It is a handy guide on which colors, patterns, textures, use of space, and the kind of appliances and decor to utilize in current design trends.

Interior Design Trends For 2014


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5 Things You Can Fix Without a Handyman Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:43:54 +0000 No time or budget for a traditional handyman? How about doing it yourself? Here are 5 things you can fix with everyday stuff without calling a handyman including fixing squeaky doors, clogged sinks and more in the following infographic by Mr. Handyman.

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5 Things You Can Fix Without a Handyman

What To Look For When Purchasing a Home Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:19:16 +0000 Buying a new home is one of the most costly purchases you will make in your lifetime. And with the amount of money you’ll be spending on a home, it’s vitally important that you pick the house that is perfect for you. Learn what factors you should consider before purchasing a house in the following infographic created by Citizens Bank. Discover which home styles are most common within United States, the fluctuations of interest rates, how to buy a home, and more.

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What To Look For When Purchasing a Home

How To Create an Art Deco Inspired Home Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:39:36 +0000 If you’re looking for classic style from a bygone age to use to decorate your living spaces, the glamorous Art Deco era of the 1920s and 1930s works wonders in interior design. With its strong colors and bold geometric shapes, you can tailor your style to be as retro or modern as you like.

Here is an infographic by Victoria Plumb that is designed to inspire you with ideas and help inject some razzmatazz into your home.

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How To Create an Art Deco Inspired Home

Top 7 Mansions in the World Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:48:26 +0000 Some of the largest homes in the world are obviously owned by the rich and famous. In fact, the most expensive mansions are owned by the top 5% of wealth brackets, whom are usually insanely rich. These mansions typically boast at least seven or more bedrooms and dozens of bathrooms, not to mention massive swimming pools, private movie theaters, and more.

In this infographic, takes a look at 7 of the top mansions in the world.

Top 7 Mansions in the World


Top Benefits of Artificial Grass Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:16:36 +0000 Real grass looks awesome, is great to walk through barefooted and can even cool down your home. However, the downfall is that it takes a lot of hard work to maintain, especially when you have a family, a job, if you’re traveling a lot, or if you just don’t have time.The alternative is to have a non-grass landscaping or utilize artificial (synthetic) grass.

Check out this infographic by Heavenly Greens which reveals some of the amazing benefits to artificial grass.

Top Benefits of Artificial Grass

Guide to Upcycling With Pallets Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:18:53 +0000 Wood pallets are one of the most fantastic resources an upcycler can get their hands on. The possibilities are almost endless. In this infographic by Terrys Fabrics, learn and be inspired as to how people are getting creative with pallets. And oftentimes they are free if you hunt around your local areas.

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Guide to Upcycling With Pallets

How Vulnerable Is Your Home Security System Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:54:06 +0000 It is always a shock for a homeowner to arrive in their personal sanctuary only to find it ransacked by burglars and precious belongings gone, especially when they have a home security system in place. However, the problems with security systems can occur and yours could be next! To help prevent this from happening to you, you need to take steps to improve your home security and develop a burglar-prevention plan to keep your home safe.

Learn how vulnerable your home security system might be in this infographic from

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How Vulnerable Is Your Home Security System