What mistakes might you run into during garage door installation? For most do-it-yourself-ers such tasks take a little longer than if you would hire an installer simply because it isn't something we do everyday. Following a few simple guidelines however can save you some time in the end.
Never Install Alone
Installing a new garage door for the do-it-yourself-er is moderately difficult, but it can definitely be done. The springs can be dangerous to handle, so never do it alone! Ask for help when attempting this task as an accident with the springs could be potentially fatal! When doing a garage door installation you want to avoid some common mistakes.
Using Nails in Place of Lag Screws
Using nails in place of lag screws in the framing members is not a good idea. A couple of reasons why are:
as the garage door opens and closes, it exerts more and more force on the nails and will pull the nails right out of the framing members
the weight of the door itself requires the additional support of the lag screws
Leaving Off the Steel Stiffener
There is a steel stiffener that must be installed at the top of the garage door. Many times this is left off, this will cause problems because:
it reinforces the top panel of the garage door, if left off repeated jerking from the opener motor will cause the panel to buckle
Installing Door Opener Off-Center
When installing the garage door opener, you have to take care that the motor and lift assembly are installed in the exact center of the door. Failure to do so will cause the door to buckle and bind. It is common for people to try to install it off center because of obstructions. Move the obstruction rather than do the installation off-center.