How to Install Overhead Garage Doors

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Installing an overhead garage door is like assembling toys at Christmastime because it has a lot of parts and there are many steps to follow. Look at the pieces that are required, from the tracks and rollers to the springs and cables, not to mention the pile of screws, nut and bolts. It's enough for a home improvement junkie to call in a professional to do the job. But don't despair because it's much easier than you think, and you'll have the job done in a weekend.

  • Read the instructions that came with your door and become familiar with the hardware. Also before you start, make sure that all the parts have been included because there's no greater frustration than finding a part is missing halfway through the job.

  • Remove the existing door. Most likely it is old and will be difficult to remove. It probably has springs that are very dangerous to handle. For that reason, you might have a professional remove it for you, then you can proceed with the remainder of the project. Under no circumstances should you cut any wire leading to the springs. Doing so could cause an injury.

  • Inspect the framing around the opening of the garage after you have removed the old door. Pay special attention to any wood that has rotted and replace it because your new door must be attached to a solid frame.

  • Make sure the new garage door will fit the contour of the garage because rarely will a garage be perfectly level. Assuming that you are installing a wooden door, take the last panel and cut or sand it to match the floor of the opening. It is important that you do this because all the other panels of the door will stack on the first section.

  • Be particularly careful when attaching the brackets to the bottom corners of your garage door, because the bolts can be easily stripped. Those brackets are to be attached to the spring mechanism, so they must hold under the extreme pressure and will be a hazard if they are not secure.

  • Make sure the tracks are secure and perfectly aligned with each other or else you will run the risk of having your garage door fall and hurt someone or damage something underneath.

  • Adjust the spring after you are sure you have followed all the preceding steps. A good test might be to open your new garage door about halfway. If the spring is adjusted properly, the garage door will neither go up or down on its own.

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