Have you ever tried installing a garage door yourself and found that there is more than meets the eye?
With any property, the outside is just as important as the inside. It has to be visually appealing and you also need to look at the property for any point that you may wish to sell it in the future. Does it have an attractive exterior? Not only that but this is the perfect chance to see the home’s structure and whether it’s as sound as good as you want it to be. Ensure the Garage door is properly fitted or whether you need to setup a new one before moving in with Bekins Moving Solution.
Exactly, it’s not as simple as the illustrations in the manual, or else you wouldn’t be here.
First of all, I need you to have the mindset that the installation will take a few hours to complete, between 8 to 12 hours.
So, decide if it’s worth your time and effort or you’d rather hire a professional at Canadiandoors.net to set it up for you.
This article offers you the helpful tips you’re not likely to find in the manufacturer’s instructions to correctly, and safely, install a new garage door.
- 1/2″-diameter rods
- socket bit
- open-ended wrench
- drill bits
- Phillips driver bit
- safety glasses
- adjustable locking pliers
Release The Tension
Before you begin working on the garage door, you’ll need to release the tension in the torsion spring.
You can begin by clamping adjustable locking pliers onto the torsion spring shaft and wedging the pliers against the header wall above the door.
Gently insert a steel rod into one of the holes in the spring winding cone, which has four holes used for loosening and tightening.
Hold tightly to the rod, and loosen the setscrews holding the winding cone in place.
Use the steel rods to loosen the spring one-quarter turn at a time. Alternate the two rods, using one to hold the cone steady and the other to turn the cone after the first rod is removed.
Disconnect The Existing Opener and Door
Disconnect the existing garage-door opener from the door after the tension has been released.
Begin removing the door panels. It is advisable to start at the top panel; remove the hinges connected to the panel and then work your way down to the bottom.
The next thing to do is to disconnect the track by unscrewing or unbolting it from the doorframe.
Install The Door Panels
Begin installing your new garage door.
Be aware that, if you’re installing a two-car garage door, you should do the following:
- Place a reinforcing bar on the top panel to prevent the door from bowing in the center. Drill pilot holes, and secure the bar with screws.
- Attach hinges to the top of each panel
- Place the bottom panel into the door opening. Hold the panel in place with a nail.
- Attach the next panel on top of the first one and repeat the process until all the panels are in place.
Secure The Hinges and Install the Track
Secure the top half of each hinge to the panel above.
Place the wheeled axles into the side hinges and the top and bottom axle supports.
Install the track by attaching brackets to the vertical track pieces.
After attaching the brackets, place them against the wall, and make sure the wheels lie properly in the track.
Attach the door cable to the hook on the bottom panel axle support before attaching the bottom bracket to the wall.
Attach the Spring Assembly to the Track
Assemble the pieces to support the spring assembly, and attach them to the track.
Then, rest the curved portion of the track on the vertical piece you installed earlier, and attach the other end to the ceiling bracket.
Recycle the same ceiling supports that were used with the old door.
Bolt the Tracks Together
Attach the horizontal track to the vertical track on the door and don’t tighten the bolts firmly until the door fits properly and lines up smoothly.
To do this, you’d have to drill a hole through the horizontal track to line up with the vertical track.
Bolt the tracks together. Use the correct size bolt: if the head is out of place, it will obstruct the track.
Install the Springs
Attach the spring anchors to the springs, then attach the spring locking cone. Ensure the locking cone is secure: it keeps the spring from popping loose under high tension.
Later on, locate the center of the opening, and mark it on the door header. You will attach the support for the spring there later.
Bolt the two springs securely to the main header bracket.
Install the Torsion Rod and Pulleys
Slide the torsion rod into the holes in the side header brackets. Make sure the rod is secure, then attach the pulleys to each end of the rod.
Attach the center header bracket to the center mark on the header
Attach the Cable and Tighten the Springs
Bring the cable up from below, and attach it to the pulley wheel on both sides.
Turn the wheel so the slack is pulled tight over the pulley from the door side. Then, tighten a pair of locking pliers to the rod on the outside of the bracket. This will prevent the rod from turning when you begin to tighten the springs.
Use the steel rods to tighten the spring by reversing the loosening procedure you used on the old door. Check your owner’s manual to determine how many turns are required to tighten the spring.
When you reach the appropriate tension, tighten the bolts in the anchor to lock it in place, and remove the pliers from the torsion rod.
Many doors are advertised as energy-saving or heavily insulated, but this isn’t necessarily a good thing. In most cases where homeowners are using their garage for storage or parking, insulation isn’t needed and can actually trap harmful fumes and chemicals inside. Only insulate your garage door if you use your garage as an extra room in your house. Otherwise, only insulate the wall between your home and garage and save a few dollars on your garage door.
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