Garage Doors – A Guide to Installation

Perhaps your current unit just decided to stop working. Maybe you’re looking to upgrade to

Perhaps your current unit just decided to stop working. Maybe you’re looking to upgrade to a more stylish design. Or perhaps you’re simply looking for a new and exciting way to spend your weekend. Well look no further! In this article, we’ll outline the basics to installing your very own garage Door opener repair.

Manual Doors

While you may be the only person on your block to have a manual model, there are quite a few benefits why including one in your home really isn’t such a bad idea. Manual doors are much easier to install, require less maintenance, and are often more secure than their automatic brethren.

The installation process includes securing an un-insulated steel one with a torsion spring system. It requires only a drill, hex wrench, and open-end wrench. Though installation instruction vary per manufacturer, the basic are generally fairly similar:

Connect the jamb to the flag bracket and horizontal angle.

Attach the springs and torsion tubs and place them in the brackets.

Tighten the screws to the torsion tube after measuring the length of release of the spring.

Secure both drums.

Attach the tube retainer and then slowly wind the spring.

Automatic

Automatic units are both convenient and at times, necessary. Regardless of your reasoning you definitely want to be sure you’ve had some past DIY experience and have at least one helper to assist in the process. These models are a bit trickier than the manual units.

Installation steps generally read as follows:

Attach the drive unit to the track. The drive unit contains the motor that opens and closes the door.

Connect all remaining track sections.

To the tracks end, attach a mounting bracket, and connect to the beam above the door opening.

Following the manufacturer’s instructions, attach the motor.

Feed the motor wires to the wall switch.

Install the infrared sensors near the base of the frame which detect if something is in the way of a closing door.

Connect the door opener to the unit itself.

Though these instructions may seem rather self-explanatory, they are merely guidelines. The actual process is a bit more involved. No matter what type of model you decide to go with, remember to be very careful. Be sure to consult a technician where any doubts are concerned, and use your best judgment. Don’t be afraid to call an experienced professional if you feel it may be over your head.