If you’re looking to install a garage door for your home, whether or not it’s a do-it-yourself project or you’d prefer to hire someone for the installation, read our illustrated step-by-step guide, How to Install a Garage Door.
Garage doors are bulky, heavy, and relatively complicated pieces of machinery, so it’s not unlikely that the average homeowner opts to have the professionals handle this installation function. However, if you’re a seasoned do-it-yourself kind of person and feel up to the challenge, it can be done!
The garage door is equipped with a torsion spring system, which is much safer to adjust than the typical torsion-spring model. It’s also important to call a professional garage door installer if you notice something wrong with your railing and it suddenly starts creaking or developing cracks because this could indicate a more significant problem.
For this first task, you want to work very carefully to avoid personal injury and property damages. Before doing any maintenance on the garage door, it’s imperative that you release the tension of the spring! To do this, follow these steps:
Use your adjustable locking pliers to clamp the winding shaft. Finding a place on the door frame above the garage door, wedge the pliers against it in order to help secure them. Now use your fingers to feel for the holes in the edge of the spring cone. There should be four here. Insert a steel rod through one of these holes and hold tightly onto it as you begin to loosen and tighten each * that’s holding this mechanism in place. Loosen all of those springs by alternating which screws you turn a quarter turn clockwise, then counter-clockwise until eventually there are no more gaps left between each spring and its covering side. When you’re comfortable with change of these adjustments, proceed move ahead with tightening all four screws going clockwise to do so using both hands where possible as it will be far easier than just using one!