Garage door installation can be quite challenging, and even a bit dangerous for beginners. However, if you have a knack for DIY installations and some experience when it comes to repairs, you should be able to pull it off. Here’s how to install a garage door yourself.
Release the Torsion Spring Tension
First, you’ll need to release the tension in the torsion spring. You can do this by clamping adjustable locking pliers onto the torsion spring shaft, and then wedging the pliers against the wall above the door. Next, place a steel rod in one of the spring’s four winding cone holes. Use it to loosen the spring one quarter turn at a time. You may want to use two rods, using one to hold the cone steady and the other to turn it.
Disconnect the Garage Door
Once the tension has been released, it is safe to disconnect the existing garage door. Working from top to bottom, disconnect the top panel, the hinges connected to it, and then the next panel. Finally, disconnect the track by unscrewing it from the door frame. If you’re planning to replace your automatic garage door opener, remove that as well.
Install the New Garage Door Panels
If you are installing a two-car garage door, place a reinforcing bar down the center of the top panel to prevent the door from bowing in the center. Once you’ve secured the bar, attach hinges on the top each panel. You may be able to insert screws into pilot holes drilled by the manufacturer.
Attach Axle Supports and Final Panels
Next, attach axle supports to the bottom of the bottom panel and to the top of the top panel. Place the bottom panel into the door opening, and make sure it’s level before attaching the next one. Attach the next panel on top of the first one. Make sure the groove of the upper panel rests on the ridge of the lower panel. Repeat the process until all the panels are in place.
Next, you will need to secure the hinges, install the track, attach the spring assembly, bolt the tracks together, and install the springs. Click here to see Part 2 of our garage door installation tutorial.
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