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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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