Description: The article is about garage door repair. This is a brief tutorial on how to install a garage door opener. The author gives a step by step instruction on how to install a garage door opener,you can learn how to prepare for installing a garage door opener and how to install a garage door opener.
It’s time for a visit to the Sunshine State,Florida is true to its nickname,it’s certainly not the rain Free State,that’s one reason why Gina and Dave are eager to get started on their project. We want to make it up and down,that’s the problem. What’s happening?
We don’t have an opener on it,sometimes in a rainstorm,I’ve to get out of the van,I need to go around to the front of the house,I need to go inside,I need to come out the garage,I need to get back in the van,I need to pull the van inside,I need to get out of the van,I need to close the door,I’m tired of doing that,it’s a long process.
We’re looking to shorten that process,we have the garage door opener now,we’re going to put it up. Your garage door is the heaviest moving object in your house,before we start to install Dave and Gina’s opener,we’re going to take a few minutes and make some safety checks on this door,we need to make sure that it’s operating properly.
One of the first things I noticed is that Dave and Gina’s garage door has steel wheels,I suggest replacing them with new Teflon wheels which will run smoother and quieter on a metal door like theirs. To make the changeover,we need to bend the track and open it temporarily,we need to slip out each wheel,we need to pull the wheel from its mounting bracket and replace it with a Teflon version.
The wheel is slipped back into the track,when all the wheels on one side have been replaced,the track will bend back into its original shape. Next,we will take a moment in oil the hinges,one or two drops on each pivot point will keep a roll-up door operating effortlessly.
The final step in our garage door tune-up is to tighten all the nuts bolts and screws. A sectional garage door especially a wooden one can weigh up to a thousand pounds,that’s way too much weight for you to lift up by yourself,they use torsion springs to do that lifting for you.
These Springs are adjustable,there’s a simple test that you can do yourself to see if they’re adjusted properly. You can lift the door all the way up and then pull it down about a foot,you can let go of it,it should go back up by itself,you can pull it halfway down,you can release it and it should stay put.
You can bring it all the way down to about a foot of the floor,you can let go of it and it should gradually go to the bottom. This one is not doing that,it means that there probably needs some adjustment,but that is a job for a professional.
Garry Spivey installs and adjusts garage doors for a living,he makes two important points. One,torsion springs need to be correctly adjusted,too much or too little tension can damage garage door openers,it will be downright dangerous if your opening and closing the door manually. Two,you should never attempt to do this job by yourself,if the energy stored in these coiled up springs is unleashed accidentally,it can cause serious injury.
The heart of a garage door opener is the drive unit,there’s a motor that moves the chain or drive screw. The carriage connects to the door with a bracket will allow the motor to raise and lower the door. There’s the motor,there’s the rail.
The track comes in sections,I will attach the first section to the drive unit,Gina and Dave are going to connect the remaining sections together,this carriage which Gina is slipping into the track will move back and forth when the motor operates.
Dave attaches a bracket to the end of the track,we are about to mount it to the beam or header above the garage door. Let me put this in. Once the bracket end of the track is attached,we will raise the door and lay the track and motor assembly on top,it will rest until we get ready to mount the drive unit.
The motor is heavy,it must be attached directly to a ceiling joist,the joists in this garage ceiling are covered with drywall,we’ll use a stud finder to locate them. We will attach a piece of perforated angle iron by using lag screws,we will attach two short vertical pieces of angle iron to the drive unit.
Now we’re going to push this up. I’m going to run some bolts. Once the bolts are tightened,the motor and entire track assembly will be supported in place. To conceal the wire running to the wall switch,we will poke a small hole in the ceiling. Dave heads up into the crawlspace while Gina feeds the switch wire through the hole.
Can you see where the hole is? I’m going to send up the wire. We will make a second hole,Gina inserts a coat hanger to help pinpoint the spot,Dave attaches the wire to the end of the coat hanger and Gina pulls it back through.
Next,we will attach the end of the wire to the switch and snap it onto the base plate. Garage door openers especially older ones are potentially hazardous even fatal to small children and pets that might get trapped underneath them,that’s why all new garage door openers come with these infrared beams. If anything breaks this beam,the door on its way down will stop and immediately reverse before making any contact.
The sensors are located on either side of the door about 6 inches from the floor. A wire is running from the sensors back to the motor,it’s time to connect the garage door to the door opener. The best way to do this especially on a metal door is to first install a heavy-duty reinforcing bracket. Finally,we will attach one of these l-shaped arms to the reinforcing bracket and to the door opener.
We need to overlap the two arms and insert pins into pre-drilled holes,we’re ready to put our work to the test. You have the remote controls. We both have one,she’s going to do it. Gina is going to do the honor. Are you ready? That’s great. I don’t have to run through the rain anymore.