Plan your garage door area, where you would like it, and where you like to install the opener. Make sure it is not close to any unmovable objects such as outlets, light fixtures, or any other items present on the garage ceiling where the center of the door and lift motor and assembly will be.
Another common installation error is omitting the steel stiffener on the top edge of the top panel. The stiffener is usually 1.5 inch X 1.5 inch steel, or larger; necessary to re-enforce the top panel. This stiffener component might not come with some doors. That is because not all garage doors have an electric garage door opener.
Garage door springs. These are very dangerous, you should think about calling out a qualified garage door technician to do this for you. Whether it be a torsion spring or linear spring assemblies, can cause severe injury or death if improperly handled when adjusting, when adjustment is required.
A very common mistake when it comes to installing your garage door would be the screws. Some people tend to use nails, instead of screws. Using lag bolts into the framing members, bolt the track hangars into place. Remember not to tighten them as, you still have the job underway. This can be done at a later stage when you have finished installing all garage door parts. Lag screws are advisable should you get hold them as they hold the door firmly and are very strong. Make sure screws go into a solid frame member. This is because garage doors generate a considerable amount of force when opening and closing, and the weight of the door itself requires adequate support.
Your hinges should be set align with your panel, with it being on top and then fastening. Then attach the brackets, not the other way round, as that’s where mistakes occur. In order to prevent leakage make sure any tongue and grove edges are lined in properly, as if they not this is where another common mistake is usually picked up. During this period, your motor is only ready to be assembly, depending on the lift motor system, that is chain driven or screw driven, so bear in mind for that error as well.
The chain driven system might be a better choice for several reasons; chain drive systems are reliable and easy to repair. And, they are much easier to shorten for adjustment when installing. All you need to do is cut the slider bar to fit the assembly, and shorten the chain.
An installation kit is usually available and comes with your full manufacturer’s instructions on how to install a garage door safely, and correctly. The most common garage door problem is binding or twisting. Apparent when rollers and tracks show signs of wear, through time; and the door shudders and binds when opening and closing. This is a direct result of improper or incomplete installation. More about common mistakes when it comes to installing a garage door, visit our website for more info.
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