A garage door bracket holds the tracks in place to the garage ceiling or walls that the door runs up and down on. Brackets also hold the tensor cables in place that help to keep the door closed and then pull it open when you press your garage door opener. As you can see, this small and humble part plays an essential role in the proper functioning of your garage door.
Accordingly, when you’re installing brackets, a slight misalignment in terms of placement, or a failure to tighten the screws adequately, can really cause inconvenience later by impeding the functioning of the door itself. If you’re undertaking a garage door installation project, you might want to keep some of these tips handy while you’re installing the brackets.
1. Placement Is Everything
When it comes to installing garage door brackets, measure, measure, measure! The placement of each bracket has to be precise, and the brackets have to be on exactly the same level on each wall in order for the door to raise and lower efficiently.
Your best bet is to measure based on any existing holes, if you’re installing a new door or new bracket in an old garage. Otherwise, use a level and a tape measure to make your measurements are precise. While you’re working, you may also want to label your brackets in terms of their position, and which side should face up, so that there won’t be any confusion during the installation process that could cause problems later.
2. Try a Carriage Bolt
Each time a garage door opens and closes, it causes strong vibrations that can, over time, cause brackets to vibrate themselves right out of place. This is a problem that is particularly bad for homeowners who live in erratic climates, where heat and cold causes metal to expand and contract, respectively, thus increasing the chances for an annoying misalignment problem.
Your best bet to preventing this from happening is to use, in addition to the nut and washer usually used to affix the bracket to the door, a carriage bolt, which goes all the way through to either side of the door, thus keeping the bracket extra secure. Remember to tighten those screws and nuts firmly, but not so firmly as to warp your garage door if it’s made out of a softer material like aluminum.
Furthermore, you may need to loosen those bolts in the future, so even though you want them secure enough that the bracket won’t vibrate and get misaligned, you also don’t want to make them so tight you’ll never get them off again!
3. Go One Bolt at a Time
One tip for making sure that the brackets stay straight as you install them is to secure the bolts slowly, and one at a time. After affixing the first bolt, you can readjust the bracket to make sure it’s still straight when you attach the second bolt.