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Installing a new garage door? #4977350
01/12/19 08:24 PM
01/12/19 08:24 PM
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Greenville, SC via Chicago, IL
dja4260 Offline OP
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Anyone ever done it? I'm hands on and handy but this would be new task for me.

16x8 standard uninsulated door.

I assume that it's not rocket science. A quick google says it should take me 3 hours. That means to plan for 6 hours.


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Re: Installing a new garage door? [Re: dja4260] #4977353
01/12/19 08:27 PM
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SE British Columbia, Canada
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I would firstly recommend getting another set of hands to help you. I’ve witnessed a guy doing it himself but he was a pro.


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Installing a new garage door? [Re: dja4260] #4977358
01/12/19 08:33 PM
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Huntington WV
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I've done several, and a couple by myself. I used 16 penny nails to drive into the mounting boards and bend over the ends of the panels, midpoint, to hold in place and go to town with the hinges and rollers


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Re: Installing a new garage door? [Re: dja4260] #4977381
01/12/19 08:57 PM
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About 15 years ago I had to replace our 16' garage door. I started to price out doors and then called a small garage door installer. To install and get a better quality door I had them install it for about a couple hundred more then what I would have to pay for just the door. Was well worth the extra cost. It might be something to check out.

Re: Installing a new garage door? [Re: dja4260] #4977404
01/12/19 09:25 PM
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Bowling Green, OH
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Check out youtube for videos on garage door installs


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Re: Installing a new garage door? [Re: dja4260] #4977439
01/12/19 09:47 PM
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Canyon County Idaho
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I have done a couple it is not that bad of a job . Get a quote from a company.


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Re: Installing a new garage door? [Re: dja4260] #4977445
01/12/19 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by dja4260

I assume that it's not rocket science. A quick google says it should take me 3 hours. That means to plan for 6 hours.


You're correct, it ain't rocket surgery. Adjusting the torsion springs demands attention to detail and confidence in your handiness. No big deal.


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Re: Installing a new garage door? [Re: dja4260] #4977463
01/12/19 10:09 PM
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Pretty simple job. I have done two, but always had a buddy help out.


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Re: Installing a new garage door? [Re: AZjeff] #4977470
01/12/19 10:16 PM
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Canyon County Idaho
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Originally Posted by AZjeff
Originally Posted by dja4260

I assume that it's not rocket science. A quick google says it should take me 3 hours. That means to plan for 6 hours.


You're correct, it ain't rocket surgery. Adjusting the torsion springs demands attention to detail and confidence in your handiness. No big deal.

The springs can put serious hurt on you.


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Re: Installing a new garage door? [Re: dja4260] #4977484
01/12/19 10:33 PM
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ON, Canada eh?
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We converted my Father in-law's single large steel swing up door into a roll-up style door ourselves. I would say it's quite easy to install a roll-up door but I would have someone help you because it's much easier with 2 people. Be careful when you wind the spring up. Be safe.

For us the hardest part was taking down the old really heavy steel door and it's side mounted counter-springs. It took us about 3/4 of the time we spent on the project with 1/4 being the new door installation.

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Re: Installing a new garage door? [Re: CT8] #4977516
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Originally Posted by CT8
The springs can put serious hurt on you.

When I worked in emergency I saw guys with broken arms 2 weeks in a row from adjusting (or installing) door springs. So buyer beware!


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Re: Installing a new garage door? [Re: dja4260] #4977518
01/12/19 11:07 PM
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YouTube is your friend....


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Re: Installing a new garage door? [Re: dja4260] #4977570
01/13/19 12:32 AM
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I have replaced (didn't do springs) SOMMER 0.75 HP Direct Drive. Assembled in living room and had help from work pin in a holding pin. Sommer is top notch German DIY unit virtually noise less and lifetime warranty. Safety: Don't mess with Springs unless knowledgeable.


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Re: Installing a new garage door? [Re: kwijibo] #4977624
01/13/19 03:00 AM
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Originally Posted by kwijibo
About 15 years ago I had to replace our 16' garage door. I started to price out doors and then called a small garage door installer. To install and get a better quality door I had them install it for about a couple hundred more then what I would have to pay for just the door. Was well worth the extra cost. It might be something to check out.

I had the same issue with replacing an opener. After 15 years it sounded like a coffee can full of rocks rolling down a hill. Went to Home Depot, priced out their best model, etc. Then called the garage door place I deal with and they installed their best grade of heavy duty opener for only $110.00 more than I would have paid for the Home Depot model with self installation. After watching the guy install it, I was glad I did. Not that difficult, but extremely clumsy to do alone.

Home Depot would have gladly installed the model I was going to buy. (They simply contract the install out to bargain basement installers, and pocket the difference). But the whole thing would have cost more than what I paid the pro to install the better model with a better guarantee. Sometimes you'll find doing it yourself doesn't save what you think it might.

Re: Installing a new garage door? [Re: dja4260] #4977703
01/13/19 08:23 AM
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connecticut
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If it uses a torsion spring BE VERY CAREFUL. I have seen first hand the damage it will do to the human body when that bar whips around .NOT nice. Other than that its not a hard job ,just get a helper since you have a large door.


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