How to Install an Overhead Garage Door How to Install an Overhead Garage Door

What You'll Need
New garage door
Manual
Hardware (all should be included with your new door)
Hammer (if replacing wood is necessary)
Tape measure

Installing an overhead garage door is a big task, with lots of little pieces. It can be a challenging process, but don't get discouraged. Referring to the manual that came with your garage door is the best place to go for information if you are going to use this as a DIY project. Below will bring you through the basic steps necessary to complete this task, and your manual is there for referring back to.

Step 1 - Know what You are Working with

Before you actually start working with anything, you need to familiarize yourself with what you are actually working with. Go through the equipment that came with your new garage door to make sure all the pieces are present, and that you are not missing anything that is required to get the job done. Also make sure that the manual is enclosed, as you will be using this as well as the information you are reading.

Step 2 - Examine the Frame

You will want to look over your garage door frame, looking for any rotted or rotting wood. Replace any wood that would not be up to holding an extreme amount of pressure without damaging anything, or worse yet, anyone.

Step 3 - Measure

Now that you have gotten your door frame ready to be used, it is time to make sure your door fits in that area properly. Measure the area and ensure that your new door fits size wise, as well as fits the contour of the frame.

Step 4 - Attach Brackets

Attach the brackets to the corners on the bottom of the door. Using the hardware included, make sure these are securely in place.

Step 5 - Tracks

After you've attached the brackets, and followed the manual on what to do next, align the tracks, and secure them into place. Once again, use the hardware that was included with your door.

Step 6 - Manual

Finish out repeating the steps until your garage door is complete. Your manual is your friend.

Step 7 - Test it Out

Do some testing to see if maybe the springs need some adjusting. One way to test this out, is by opening your garage door to see if it works. If the spring needs adjusting, the door usually moves up or down in a slight manner all by itself. if this happens, then you will need to adjust the springs as needed.

If you followed all the steps above, as well as your manual, your door should be in working condition with no problems.

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