How to Install a Garage Door with 10 Easy Steps

Most people, including DIYers, are a little put off at the thought of installing their own garage doors. It seems complicated and something that you may not want to attempt but when you consider the potential savings involved in learning how to install a new garage door, it does not seem so impossible.

Many people look at their garage door and see this large, heavy, clumsy looking door that feels a little threatening.

The companies that sell garage doors know that they look a little intimidating, for this reason, many companies that sell garage doors take advantage and offer delivery and installation services.

The clients are forced to pay the installation fee to these enterprises.

Learning how to install a garage door is a lot easier than you think, and there is a great deal of savings involved.

Taking charge of your situation and learning how to do the install will be a very satisfying and cost effective feeling!

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Steps Followed In Installing a Garage Door

Step 1: Release of tension

The tension in the twisting spring is released before starting to work on the garage door.

Clamp the adjustable pliers onto the twisting spring shaft and wedge the pliers touching the header wall above the door.

Insert a rod into one of the holes in the spiral winding cone and hold tightly to the steel rod. Then loosen the setscrews holding in place the winding cone.

With two steel rod loosen the spring by turning slowly through 90 degrees turn at a time. Alternate the rods; one bar should hold the cone steady, and the other one should turn the cone after the removal of the first cone.

Step 2: Disconnect the present door opener from the door

The next step after the tension is released is to disconnect the door opener from the garage door. Start removing the door panels.

The top panel is detached by removing the hinges that connect the panel to the door frame. The subsequent panels are then removed using the same procedure.

In case you want to replace the automatic door opener the openers track is removed from top to bottom.

Step 3: Installation of the door panels

To begin installing a new door, attach the hinges on the top of each panel. The hinges make the sliding of the panels easy.

Then attach the axle support to the bottom of each of the panels and also on the top of the panels. The axle support makes the panels be tightly held in place.

The bottom panel is placed into the garage door-opening because it is the first panel to slide up when opening this door.

The panel is held upright by driving a nail into the wall adjacent to the panel. The nail is afterward bent to hold the panel in position.

The next panel is then attached on top of the bottom one. The groove of the upper panel rests on the ridge of the panel that is lower.

The process is repeated until all the panels are placed in their right positions. The top most panel should be positioned in such a way that it should be past the top of the door opening.

In case a two-car garage door is to be installed, the same procedure will be use with a few modifications. The change that is mostly taken into consideration is placing a reinforcement bar on top of the panel.

This bar will prevent the door from bending on the center. The bar should be placed in the center of the panel.

Step 4: Secure the hinges and install the opener track

Secure the hinges from inside the garage. Place the wheeled axles into the bottom axle support and the side hinges.

When installing the track attach brackets to the vertical track pieces. Afterward, place the brackets against the wall and make sure the wheel is properly placed on the track.

Fasten the door cable to the hook on the end of the axle panel support, then attach the bottom bracket to the wall.

Step 5: Fasten the spring assembly to the track

Gather the pieces to sustain the spring assembly and bind them to the track. Place the curved portion of the opener track to the vertical piece installed before. Then attach the other end to the ceiling bracket.

Step 6: Screw the tracks together

Fix the vertical track to the horizontal track on the door. Ensure the door is properly fitted before the bolts are tightened. Drill holes via the horizontal rail to the vertical track and therein fix the screws.

Step 7: Attach the springs

Find out the center of the opening and spot it on the door header. The support will be attached to the spring at this point.

Fix the spring anchors to the spring, then repair the spring locking shaft. Afterward, the two springs are bolt to the main header bracket.

Step 8: Install the pulley and the torsion rod

Slide the twisting rod into the holes in the side header brackets. Ensure the bar is secure then fix the pulley to end of each rod. Lock the center header bracket to the mark on the center of the header.

Step 9: Fix the cable

Attach the cable to the pulley wheel on both sides starting from below. Turn the wheels to ensure that the cable is pulled tight over the pulley.

Then slide the wheel to the header bracket and tighten the cable. With pliers tighten the rod on the outer side of the bracket.

Step 10: Compress the springs

Using the steel rod tighten the springs. The manual provided by the manufacturer will guide you on how many turns to make so as to reach the required tension.

When the required tension is achieved, firmly fix the bolts in the anchor to lock it in its position. Remove the pliers from the twisting rod.


Installation of the garage door is easy especially if the steps are clearly indicated as in the steps above.

This procedure can be followed by any person, and they will help the person to install his or her garage door. Instead of spending a lot of money to hire people to help in installing the garage door, individuals can practice how this process is conducted.

Installation of the garage door can also be done as a leisure activity and can an excellent opportunity to fasten the bond in a family. Therefore installation of the garage door is highly recommended for any person.