An older garage door can weigh anything between 300 and 450 lbs. These weights, coupled with the ever deteriorating hardware always make old doors the scene of frequent home accidents. In fact, most people tend to enter and exit their homes through the garage door more often than they do so through the main entry door. In this article, we will guide you on how to install a garage door safely. Keep in mind that installing a garage door by yourself can save you a lot of money. Follow the following steps while installing a new garage door.
The first thing that you should do is to release all the tension in your torsion spring before working on your garage door. Clamp the adjustable locking and unlocking pliers onto your torsion spring shaft and carefully wedge the pliers against the garage door header wall that is above the door.
The spring has four holes that are used for tightening and loosening so be sure to insert a steel rod in one of the holes. Hold the rod tightly as you loosen all the screws that are holding the door in place. Use your steel rod to release the torsion spring a quarter-turn every time.
Once you have released all the tension, the next thing you should do is to disconnect the old door’s opener from your garage door. Start by removing all the door panels and all the door hinges that are linked to the panels. You need to be extra cautious when handling glass. Disjoint the track by unbolting or unscrewing if directly from the doorframe.
This is the point when you begin to install your new garage door. Attach appropriate hinges to the lower part of the base panel and then to the upper part of the top door panel. Fit the base panel into the garage door opening and hold it upright by positioning and driving a sizeable nail through it into your wall and slightly bending it over to seize the panel in place.
Ensure that your panel is level before you attach the next door panel. The next door panel should be connected on top of the first panel and make sure that the groove of the top panel rests on the panel ridge of the panel below it. Repeat this step until you have all the panels in place.
Make sure you secure the top half of each hinge to the top panel from inside your car garage. Carefully position your wheeled axles into the door’s side hinges. Install your track by carefully attaching the brackets to the corresponding vertical track pieces. You can check the manufacturer manual to ensure that you are doing the right thing.
The next thing to do is to assemble all the pieces to support your spring assembly and carefully attach them to the track. You should also check the installation manual to make sure that you are doing it correctly. Now it is the time to rest the curved portion of your track on to the vertical piece you had installed earlier and attach the other end of your track to the ceiling bracket.
Make sure that you attach your horizontal track to the garage door’s vertical track of the garage door. However, avoid tightening the bolts until you are sure the garage door fits well and also lines up as expected. Now drill a sizeable hole through the center of your horizontal track to help you align the vertical track. Bolt all the tracks together using the right size of the bolts.
Mark the precise center of the spring opening on the garage door header. This is where you will fix the spring support later on. Attach all the torsion spring anchors followed by the spring lock cone Bolt the springs.
Now slide your torsion rod into the holes in your side header door brackets and make sure that your torsion rod is secure before attaching the pulleys to either end of it. Secure the center header bracket.
Attach the cable to either side of the pulley and start tightening your springs. Use steel rods to tighten the springs. Check the manual to see how many turns are required to tighten the springs fully.