All measurements should be in feet and inches. Step 1, measure across the existing door or desired space for the width, then up and down for the height. The rough opening of your space should be the same size as the door. Step 2, measure the sideroom, which is the space beside your door. Measure the width of the left side, and then the width of the right side. Step 3, measure the space above the door, which is called the headroom. Measure the height of the distance between the top of the door opening and the ceiling. Step 4, measure the ceiling, which is called the backroom. You’ll need to measure the distance of the garage door opening toward the back wall of your garage. You should have 6 total measurements in all once you’ve finished measuring the space. Keep in mind that having an automatic garage door opener installed might call for additional backroom or ceiling space.
“Every spring on every garage door will break,” says Jim Rice, owner of Broad Ripple Overhead Doors & Openers in Indianapolis. “After so many thousand times up and down, it gets metal fatigue and snaps. At least once a year, you should disconnect the garage door springs and lift the door up manually to see how well it’s balanced. Unless you hear metal screeching or something breaks, you don’t need us.”
Center and level the first section after you install the brackets. The door must be level even if the floor isn’t, so use shims under the section to level it. The rubber gasket on the bottom section will fill the gaps created by an unlevel floor. To hold the level in place, tape it to the section. To hold the section in place, lightly toenail a 16d nail into the frame and bend it over the section. Add brackets and rollers before setting them in place and stack one section on top of another, toenailing as you go up.
Our technicians are specially trained to handle a variety of garage brands, styles, and configurations. After arriving at your home, a Sears technician will diagnose the problem and walk you through the options for fixing it. Next, the technician will make any necessary adjustments or replace broken parts to ensure the door can be operational once again. We always attempt to complete repairs the same day of service, and your satisfaction is guaranteed. Our representatives are standing by for your call and are happy discuss pricing options.
Safety Inspections: Garage doors operate under a massive amount of tension. It’s the tension that makes a garage door work properly, but this tension can also pose a threat when the garage door is out of order. To ensure that your garage remains a safe place, we provide an annual, 14-point safety inspection. This can pinpoint problem areas before they spiral out of control and help you prevent costlier repairs after something goes wrong.
Single panel doors can also be installed with (one piece track type hardware) that folds the door back with a single horizontal track on each side (which is mounted at the top of the wood frame) and a roller, (mounted to the top of the door on each side. A hinge on each side that attaches to the bottom of each side of garage door. Using track hardware, a car can be parked much closer to the door, as the whole door, when in the open position, rests completely inside of the garage door header. Track type hardware has much less arc when raising and lowering the garage door as opposed jamb type hardware.[citation needed]
Using your drill, add tension to the torsion spring. This system uses a single spring for a double door, but many manufacturers use two springs for a double door. The painted line on the spring acts as a gauge for the number of turns you put on the spring. To keep the bar from turning while you’re adding tension, attach a locking pliers to the bar on both ends of the spring. Apply lubricant for garage doors to the spring.

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An extension spring counterbalance system consists of a pair of stretched springs running parallel to the horizontal tracks. The springs lift the door through a system of pulleys and counterbalance cables running from the bottom corner brackets through the pulleys. When the door is raised, the springs contract, thus lifting the door as the tension is released. Typically these springs are made of 11 gauge galvanized steel, and the lengths of these springs are based on the height of the garage door in question. Their lifting weight capacity can best be identified by the color that is painted on the ends of the springs.
With over 300 independently moving parts, your garage door is a deceptively complex piece of equipment. To help prevent malfunctions and break-downs, it is a good idea to occasionally perform a garage door tune-up to keep all of these parts in good working order. A regular tune-up service by a Sears professional can prevent unexpected door problems and prolong the life of your existing equipment.
"We had an unusual repair requirement. We have horizontal sliding steel doors on our 1950's equipment shed. The upper track was damaged by a roofer's forklift while they were loading supplies onto the roof. The track is made out of very heavy steel, not like the track in today's doors. Toby, responded to my request very quickly and came out of his way to inspect the damage. Although it was not something that he had encountered before, he was able to fix the track and the door is operating better than it has in years. Thank you."
A common material for a new garage door is steel sheet formed or stamped to look like a raised panel wooden door. Steel doors are available in uninsulated, insulated, and double skin steel. A design mimicking carriage house doors has become popular since early 2000s, and many manufacturers clad the exterior of a steel door with composite, vinyl boards, or other trim to give it the appearance of wood.
"I was very impressed with how quickly they responded to my request and Gabe's willingness to help! We had a 16 year old garage door opener that was problematic and wanted to replace it with a new smart garage door opener (upgrade) Everyone else we contacted either wanted a trip charge just for an estimate, or the earliest they could come out was 10 days to 2 weeks later. After not being able to shut our garage door again yesterday I was fed up and wanted it fixed NOW. Gabe came out and explained that the door wasn't closing right because the spring was improperly tensioned and showed us how the door should be balanced when halfway open. He then gave us choices. He could do the adjustment to the spring and adjust the old opener and we could probably get a couple more years out of it. He could install the new smart opener we had purchased already for us, although he couldn't warranty it for us because it was purchased elsewhere. Or he could install a new smart opener that he had brought with him and adjust the spring while doing that. We went with the 3rd option and he was finished in about an hour and a half. Everything works great now, no more issues. And if we do have an issue I know they can fix it same day or at least next day instead of 1-2 weeks later like everyone else. The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars is because his price was much higher than all of the other install quotes we dad (including the opener and laber). However, I understand that he had to get his markup on the garage door opener he had purchased and it was worth the extra money to us for the immediate service and just to have the project done and over with. Also I wanted to know how to get the opener to work on my smart phone and link it to my car and Gabe couldn't help me with either of those. He couldn't even tell me which of the MyQ apps in the list of 6 of them on my phone to install so I was on my own there. Another reason I didn't do 5 stars. I was able to get the app installed, although it was the second one I tried and it is connected and works now. But I still can't get it to work in my car so I guess I'll have to use the actual remote. Still we are satisfied with the job and would definitely recommend Elite Garage Doors. "
Our highly skilled technicians are specialists in every aspect of garage door repair including broken springs, rollers, and door remotes as well as garage door opener replacement and new door installation. We offer 24/7 services throughout Gwinnett, North Fulton, Cobb, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall, North DeKalb, Barrow, Bartow, Dawson, Gilmer, Gordon, Lumpkin, Pickens, Walton and Whitfield Counties.
Torsion springs have three advantages over extension springs: They’re quieter, safer and easier to fine-tune. Torsion springs are quieter because you don’t have a spring knocking against a roller track. They’re safer because when a spring breaks, it usually stays on the bar. Finally, you can fine-tune the tension on a torsion spring so the door is perfectly balanced. Setting the tension on torsion springs has always been very dangerous, but torsion and extension spring systems with easy, do-it-yourself tensioning (Photo 7) are available. If you don’t use one of these DIY-friendly, easy tensioning systems (Clopay EZ-Set Spring and Wayne-Dalton TorqueMaster are two brands), you should hire a professional to release and set the tension on a torsion spring.
One aspect of hiring a garage door professional that differs, however, is emergency service. If you need after-hours or weekend service for a damaged or malfunctioning garage door or opener, be sure to ask your garage door contractor upfront about emergency service call fees, which can cost hundreds more than regular services. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, you may save significant money by scheduling garage door repairs and services during normal business hours.
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