How to Replace a Garage Door


If you are a staunch do it yourself type of person, you may want to learn how to replace and install a garage door. This is a complex process most would rather leave to a pro, but if you are mechanically inclined and capable of following directions you should be able to pull such a task off in a day. This article is a guide to replacing a garage door.

Things You'll Need

  • Garage door
  • Drill,
  • Socket set
  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers
  • Locking pliers
  • Level
  • Ladder

Instructions on Replacing a Garage Door

  • Gather your tools. To install a garage door you will need a basic tool set including a drill, socket set, hammer, screwdrivers, locking pliers, level and ladders.

  • Go over the instructions. If you can obtain a video of the proper procedure it will make the job ten times clearer; otherwise, resign yourself to reading the instructions multiple times. New doors include an enormous assortment of parts and hardware, so have a large flat surface available for organization along with plenty of muffin tins or small containers to hold the various sized screws.

  • Begin the installation. Once you have read and re-read the instructions, you can get started. Careful measurement and placement of roller tracks and mounts is crucial, and you should put the door together first to ensure you have the correct dimensions before installing. The springs are the most dangerous part of the project, so use caution and watch your hands.

  • Make sure you have purchased an electric door opener if your model did not include one; only the tightest budget should preclude this accessory! Never operate an automatic opener without a modern electric eye system, however - this is actually illegal if there is the slightest chance that children or pets will use the door.

  • Admire your work. A professional can install a new door in under three hours, but you should plan on spending the day if you decide to figure out how to install a garage door - and once you’ve done it, expect to be asked by friends, neighbors and family to do theirs too!

Tips & Warnings

  • Replacing a garage door is a big task. Find a helper to assist you with the heavy lifting will prevent injuries.

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