If you bought a brand new garage door, you may be wondering how you can save money on its installation and setup. If you are a handyman and have a few hours (or days) in front of you, you may want to attempt installing the garage door on your own. So how can you do so without damaging the door and paying for repairs before it is even installed? This article outlines the main steps to setting up a garage door on your own. Get the facts about Fort Worth garage door repair
Gather the Required Tools
You may need tools such as a screwdriver, power drill, nails, screws, bolts and brackets to successfully install your garage doors. Make sure that the tools are close to you, and you should preferably use the pieces already provided by the manufacturer.
Remove the Old Garage Door
If this step hasn’t already been done, you will have to undo the old door before you can install the new one. Start by unbolting the pulley system as well as unscrewing the hardware (springs, rollers etc.) You can then undo the track system and take off the door panels. Remove panel by panel to avoid having them fall on you. Make sure that children and/or pets are away from the garage during the process, as parts may fall down to the floor.
Set Up the Panels
Once you have installed the door and possibly prepared the first panel by attaching it to the doorway, you can start setting the metal tracks on the walls. You can then install the brackets and rollers on the first panel. Ask a friend or family member to help lift the second panel to install the rollers on the left and right side of the doorway and use a power drill to screw the hinges onto the panel. Repeat the process for the last panel.
Finish Installing the Tracks
Connect the jamb brackets to the tracks and then attach them securely to the framing pieces. Make sure to not screw these components in too tight because if the door isn’t level, you may have to start the process all over again. You can then screw the track hanger to the wall to finish installing the horizontal tracks. It will need to be cut to the needed length to support the track.
A torque tube may be provided by the garage’s door manufacturer. If you have one in your possession, install it. These are helpful to manually open and close the door. Lastly, pull the door high enough that you can verify one more time that the tracks are well placed and that the panels are leveled. You can then tightly screw the brackets to secure the whole structure.
Installing a garage door does not have to be tricky. If you understand the process pretty well, you may be able to do it by yourself. However, always have a technician’s number on hand, in case you need help. Don’t wait until you break your new door to call a professional, but rather do it if you have any doubts about your garage door’s installation. Not doing so may cause injuries and unnecessary garage door repairs.