The installation directions for the garage door illustrated here are just general, and are not a full collection of directions. For complete instructions, you should consult your Installation Manual. But it is not as hard to mount a garage door as some might imagine. It takes the ability to follow logical steps and to take them in order. Measurements are the first order of business. Have a look at garage doors.

Before you can get started, you will need to have some exact measurements. They will help determine the size of the door you need and should be written down so that you will not forget it. Take first the door opening height and width. This will give you your starting point for your figures and again, will reflect what your door size will be.

Finding your ‘side-room’ is the next step. This is the room on the same side, from the side of your door to the garage wall. For your standard extension spring and torsion spring, you vertical track, will require at least 3-3/4 from the side. Then you’ll need to have 5-1/2 for the extension season.

Your next measurement is to determine your ‘head-room.’ That is the volume of room that will commence at the top of the door up to the ceiling. In this instance, you’ll need 10, and 12 for the torsion spring for an extension spring. If you’re running into a situation where you’ve limited headroom, then special hardware is made just for that occasion. Unless you intend on adding a garage door opener you may require more headroom.

Now it’s time to get the ‘back-room’ figures. That would be the gap behind the garage door that reaches out all the way to the garage wall backwards. This should add up to whatever your door height is, plus an additional eightteen inches. And just like above, if you’re planning on bringing in a garage door opener, you’ll need more space.

You can now get the door opening ready for installation when you have the measurements taken and written down. You should have a frame of 2×6 wood jambs on the inside of the door opening. This wood will suit the height you’ve measured just a little earlier in the headroom. They should be straight and plumb, and cover the wood with fresh if aged. Make sure that when mounting the new door, if there are any bolts, the heads are flush down and don’t stand out where they might get in the path.

Now we’re moving into the pieces. The segment at the bottom gets first packed. Get your equipment, then place it on the garage floor in clusters. Attach your weather stripping to section below. On top of saw horses this is best done. This is where you have to follow your manual to a “T” because not every garage door is exactly the same. But this is the place where the lift cable as well as the hinges and the reinforcement strut get attached.

Again, this is only the illustrated garage door assembly, and not an exact step-by – step guidance for any particular brand. Everyone arrives with their own manual, but this article should give you more insight into what might be involved if you’re thinking about downloading one yourself. It’s just not hard until you get started. From here you simply attach the other sections and your handle, driving 3 nails in each side of your wooden jambs to hold the sections in place. Your Programming Manual should never be misunderstood.