We all love to save money but in time, all things must go. If your garage door is over 20 years old then it is time to at least consider getting a new one. If you got that door when your child was a baby, and now your child has moved out – INSTALL A NEW GARAGE DOOR!
Not only will the new door function better and make less noise, it will make your home look better from the outside. Obviously, this reinvigorated curb appeal will be extra important if you are planning to sell the home. I think even your neighbors will appreciate you giving them something new to look at. Also, a new garage door installation will be safer and easier for all the members of your family to use.
Step 1: Remove the Old Garage Door
Before you install a new garage door in Wichita, Kansas, you obviously need to get rid of the old one. The garage door spring is the very first thing that needs to be addressed. If it is a torsion spring, you will need to release the tension. You will need some adjustable locking pliers to lock them onto the spring’s shaft. You will also need a metal rod to insert inside the winding cone hole. Use the pliers to keep the cone stationary while you use the metal rod to twist the spring loose.
Step 2: Disconnect the Automatic Opener and Door
With the tension now released, it is now time to remove the garage door from the home. If the door is comprised of several garage door panels then start by removing them one-by-one from top to bottom. Garage door panels are held together by hinges, so this will be a bit tedious but simple.
Once the panels are all removed, the track can be unscrewed from the garage door frame. Note, it may be bolted on instead of screwed.
Step 3: Configure the New Garage Door Panels
You may not have to do any drilling since many modern garage doors come with pilot holes already drilled by the manufacturer. If that is the case, then just begin adding the hinges to the panels and screwing them together. For a wide garage door, you should install a reinforcing bar at the top of the first panel. Then, attach the support hardware for the axles at the very top and bottom of the door.
The first panel to be placed into the frame should be the bottom one. You can use a bent nail to keep the panel from falling out. Just hammer the nail into the wall next to the panel and then bend it over to catch the panel.
Place the next panel directly above the first one in the track. Keep doing this until you have reached the top where the top panel extends just a little bit beyond the opening.
Step 4: Garage Door Track Installation
Now fasten the hinges holding each two panels together. See the manufacturer’s instructions on attaching the axles and wheels together and the track brackets to the track segments, then attach the tracks to the walls. Now attach the garage door cable and then the bottom panel’s axle. Once done with that, go ahead and attach the bottom bracket to the wall.
Step 5: The Garage Door Spring Assembly
Gather all the pieces for the torsion spring assembly and then attach them to the track. The instruction manual will be of great use during this step!
Now is the time to attach the curved part of the track to the top of the straight part. Now, use ceiling supports to secure it. Once lined up perfectly, drill a hole and then bolt the two pieces together.
Step 6: Garage Door Spring Replacement
Mark a point at the very center of the garage opening on the header. This is where the spring will be mounted. Attach spring anchors and locking cone to the spring itself. That locking cone is very important, so fallow all directions. It is what keeps the spring from flying loose when under tension!
Step 7: Rods and Brackets
Assemble the torsion rod with the header brackets. Then place pulleys on each end of the rod. The center header bracket will now be secured to the mark you made earlier on the header.
Step 8: Attach the Cable
Pull the cable up from under when you attach it to the pulley wheels. Turn that wheel so there is no slack and slide it sideways to the bracket on the header and make sure it is secure.
Step 9: Adjust Your Springs
You can paint a line across your springs so you will be able to see just how much you have wound them. Tighten the springs in the same way you loosened the old springs; just do it all in reverse. Also, you have to check the owner’s manual to see how many turns of the springs is needed. Looking at that line of paint or chalk or whatever substance you used will be important. Once you have the proper amount of tension in the garage door spring, bolt it tight.
Congratulations; you have just installed a garage door in Wichita, KS!