Garage Door Installation

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A garage door install may seem like a daunting and overwhelming task, but for someone with basic home improvement experience, it doesn't have to be. The most important thing to remember is to take your time and follow instructions carefully. Also, don't take on anything you're not sure you can handle yourself. Installing a garage door and garage door openers can be dangerous.

Installing Garage Door Kits

Many different types and styles of garage doors are available. Large, heavy doors will be more complicated to install than smaller, lightweight doors. Automatic garage doors are often heavier, and the electrical wiring involved in installing garage door openers can be tricky if you don't have experience with electrical work. Installing garage doors has become a bit easier in recent years, as manufacturers now offer user-friendly garage door kits.

Garage Door Install Tips

Begin by familiarizing yourself with the manual before you take on the garage door install. Read it over a few times and take careful inventory to be certain you have all the parts you need. The next step is to remove the old garage door. You may want to hire a professional for this, as these doors can be extremely heavy, and the spring mechanism in the garage door is wound very tightly. If not handled properly, the door could launch with a force that could critically injure someone.

Next, take a look at the door frame to be sure the wood isn't rotting anywhere. If so, repair these areas before installing a new garage door. Once you begin installation, be sure each section of the door is level. The first section is the most important; if it is level, the rest of the door will be easier to put in place.

About Garage Door Openers

If you wish to purchase a garage door opener separately from your garage door, be sure you choose an opener that has a motor large enough for your door. For a single garage door of about 8 feet wide, a one-third horsepower motor should be sufficient. You'll want to use a half horsepower motor for a door that's between 10 and 12 feet wide.

Finally, if you are installing a garage door opener on an older door, be certain that the door is secure and in good shape to prevent it from falling and causing personal injury or property damage.

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