How To Install A Garage Door
Are you trying to save money and want to know how to install a garage door? At first, it can seem very complicated to do yourself, but with the help of a partner and good instructions you may be surprised at how easily you can get the job done. Follow these instructions, in addition to the manufactures instructions to get the best results for installing your garage door.
To install a garage door you need:
- garage door kit
- a partner
- wood jambs
- Phillips screwdriver
- flat-head screwdriver
- measuring tape
- 4' level
- Measure the areas of where the garage door will be installed. This includes the door opening height and width, the top of the opening to the ceiling (headroom), and the full length of the garage (back room). Attach stops to both sides of the opening using the proper measurements. Make sure they are flush with the inside edge of the door jam. Use the instruction manual to assist you with this if needed.
- Attach the hinges and handles. Lay out the bottom piece of the new garage door using the sawhorses. If you are using weather stripping attach that. Next, attach any hinges and lift handles to the bottom piece of the new garage door.
- Set the bottom piece of door into place. Carefully insert the bottom piece into the door frame, and then use a level to help set the piece. Once the bottom piece is into position, insert nails and tap them partway into each jamb, then slightly bend or slant the nails to secure them into place. Next, assemble the vertical, curved and horizontal pieces of the track and then set it aside. You will need to use the manufacture's instructions to assemble this because each garage door assembly for these pieces are different.
- Install any remaining panels. The second panel should be placed on top of the first panel, and then hammer the nails into the side jambs to hold it into place. Next, install the hinges and repeat the process for the remaining panels. Make sure to anchor each panel into the door jamb for support.
- Install the rollers on the garage door. With all the sections secured, install the rollers into the section's roller supports. With the roller supports in place, place the rollers into the assembled track. Make sure to carefully secure the track's brackets as you move along. To prevent friction from damaging the door make sure not to press the rollers too tightly against the track.
- Secure the tracks. With the vertical tracks secured against the jambs, use your previous measurements and level to install the curved and horizontal pieces. This will help to make ensure that the tracks are straight. Make sure the tracks are pointing away from the opening at 90 degrees.
- Attach the springs. Use the manufacture's instructions to assemble the springs correctly. To make sure the tracks are lever and parallel, have your partner help you lift the door about half way and double check this. Lift the door up the rest of the distance, and carefully attach the springs to the pulley system. Enjoy your new door.