Garage Door Installation Instructions

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The garage door installation instructions outlined here are just general and aren't a complete set of instructions. You should consult your installation manual for total complete instructions. But installing a garage door isn't as hard as some may think. It takes being able to follow logical steps and taking them in order. The first order of business are the measurements.

You'll need to have some accurate measurements before you can get started. They'll help determine what size door you need and should be written down so you won't forget them. First take the height and width of the door opening. This will give you your starting point for your figures and again, will reflect what your door size will be.

Next step is figuring out your 'side-room'. This is the room from the side of your door to the garage wall on that same side. You vertical track for your standard extension spring and torsion spring, is going to require that you have at least 3-3/4 from the side. Then for the extension spring you'll need to have 5-1/2.

Your next measurement will be for figuring out your 'head-room'. This will be the amount of space beginning at the top of the door up to the ceiling. In this instance, for an extension spring you're going to need 10, and 12 for the torsion spring. If you run into a situation where you have restricted headroom, then there is special hardware made just for that occasion. You'll need more headroom if you plan to install a garage door opener.

It's time now to get the figures for the 'back-room'. This will be the space that exists between the garage door opening all the way to the back of the garage wall. This should add up to whatever the height of your door is, plus another eighteen inches. And just as above, if you plan to put in a garage door opener, then you're going to need more room.

Having your measurements taken and written down, you can now get the door opening ready for installation. On the inside of the door opening, you should have a frame of 2x6 wood jambs. This wood should match the height of the headroom you measured just a bit earlier. They should be level and plumb, and the wood if old should be replaced with new. Make sure if there are any bolts, that the heads are down flush and not sticking out where they may get in your way when installing your new door.

Now we come to the sections. The bottom section gets prepared first. Get your hardware and put it in groups on the garage floor. Attach your weatherstripping to the bottom section. This is best done on top of saw horses. This is where you need to follow your manual to a "T" because not all garage doors are exactly alike. But this is the place where the lift cable gets attached as well as hinges and your reinforcement strut.

Again, this is just garage door installation outlined and not an exact step-by-step instruction for any specific brand. Each one comes with it's own manual, but this article will give you some idea about what may be involved if you're thinking about installing one yourself. It's really not hard once you get going. From this point you simply attach the other sections and your handle, driving 3 nails into your wooden jambs on each side to hold the sections in place. You can never underestimate your installation manual.

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If you are considering your own garage install you can take a look at garage door installation instructions to find what might be required. If you're not a DIY type it won't matter how good the garage door installation instructions are you'll need professional help.

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This article was published on 2010/03/27