Garage Door Opener

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated January 15, 2018)

If you have one, then you know just how useful a garage door opener is. Chances are also pretty good then that you know just how frustrating it can be when a garage door opener experiences some kind of mechanical failure, or just plain old stops working. Whenever this happens, instead of calling in a repairman to either fix the garage door opener, or to replace it, why not do it your self? Here are some step by step instructions to help you install your new garage door opener.

  1. Measure. The first step, even before you go out and purchase your new garage door opener is going to be measurement. You are going to need accurate measurements when you are installing a garage door opener. Begin by measuring the width of the garage door, and then figuring out the exact half way point (which would be half of the width). This is where you are going to latter attach the mechanism to the door. It might be helpful to draw (in pencil) a line down the inside of the door for latter reference. Open the door, and take note where the highest point of travel is located. Measure and mark this point as well since you are going to be having to mount the unit higher than this to avoid getting hit when the door opens.
  2. Prepare. After you have made your measurements and marks, you now need to prepare for installation. This step included the standard collecting of tools, and the opener, but also includes making sure that the site has adequate support for your unit. If there is not a beam or stud that you can attach your unit to, then you are going to need to use a large piece of plywood that you can mount the unit to so that you can spread the weight in a more even manner.
  3. Assemble. Follow the assembly directions that came with your unit. However, instead of trying to assemble everything 7 or 8 feet in the air, assemble everything upon the ground. This method allows you better mobility and access while you are putting everything together.
  4. Install. After you have assembled everything as fully as possible on the floor, it is time to install the unit. Once again, simply follow the instructions as listed in the specific kit that you purchased, but you might want to have a friend along to help you lift and hold everything. Otherwise, it could get a "tad" heavy, and you could end up injuring yourself or damaging the unit.
  5. Test. Finally, once you have everything in place, hooked up and tightened it is time to test the unit. You are going to need to test both the wall mounted unit as well as the one that goes into your vehicle. Prior to testing, make sure that you have inserted any and all batteries that might be needed.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Homemade Ice Cream

For those who love ice cream, nothing can be better than making your own. By making homemade ice cream you are able to ...

Discover More

Cleaning Pyrex Casserole Pans

Pyrex is one of the most popular and enduring choices for cooking and baking ware. While this popularity is largely due ...

Discover More

Removing Stains from Silk Upholstery

Silk is a gorgeous material that can add beauty and elegance to almost any situation as a clothing option. When used as ...

Discover More

Cordless, Compact, and Powerful! DeWalt's 18-volt drill-driver kit packs a big punch in a small package, with a powerful high-performance motor tucked away inside a compact design. A great addition to the tool chest of any professional or DIYer! Check out DeWalt 18-Volt Drill/Driver Kit today!

More Home Improvement Tips

Installing Wallboard

Learning how to install wallboard can be a huge advantage when remodeling or renovating your home. Installing wallboard, ...

Discover More

Adding an Extra Phone Jack

Adding a phone jack does not have to be a stressful or expensive process. In fact, it is something that any beginner ...

Discover More

When Do You Need a Building Permit?

Building permits are an often overlooked part of home improvement projects. Not getting them when you need to can quite ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 8 + 5?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)