Replacing a Garage Door in 6 Easy Steps

Need a new garage door? Don’t worry—you don’t necessarily need to break the bank hiring a professional for installation. With these easy step-by-step instructions, you can take a DIY approach to garage door installation. In fact, if you’re relatively handy, this can be done in about 8 to 12 hours. However, keep in mind that while you can do the job alone, it’s probably best to recruit some help, especially when you’re removing the old garage door. We’re here to break down how you can remove your old garage door and install a brand new one. Let’s take a look.

  1. Pick out a new garage door. A standard double garage door is typically 7 feet tall
    and 16feet wide, while a standard single garage door is typically 7 feet tall and between 8 and 9 feet wide. Because garage doors are so large and take up so much space, having a large in-store stock just isn’t feasible for most home stores and home centers. Therefore, keep in mind that you will probably need to order a garage door as opposed to walking into the store and buying it right off the shelf. Garage doors are available in wood, fiberglass, and steel. Steel garage doors tend to be the most resilient and durable. An affordable option, they are also lighter than other types of garage doors, and require less maintenance.

When choosing a new garage door, you want to choose a door that will maximize safety. Keep several things in mind when it comes to picking out a new garage door.

  • Opt for a door that is lightweight. Garage door weight typically isn’t an issue as long as the springs are properly tensioned you won’t end up needing a garage door spring repair Los Angeles. Still, however, stay on the safe side by choosing a door that is relatively lightweight. Keep in mind that insulated double steel doors, for example, will typically weight somewhere between 150 and 200 lbs.
  • Be sure to consider pinch resistance. The most common garage door injury is a finger that gets smashed—or even entirely cut off—when it gets trapped between the two sections of the garage door as it moves. The good news is that you can prevent these kinds of accidents by picking a door with pinch-resistant section designs.
  • Make sure the springs have containment cables. It is advisable to purchase a garage door with containment cables that go through the center of the side-mounted extension springs, as this ensures that if an extension spring should break, the cable won’t turn into a heavy whip that could potentially damage your vehicle or, worse yet, injure people.Replace garage door-min
  • Consider a safe automatic door opener. Always choose a garage door with an automatic opener that is equipped with both anauto-reversing mechanism and photoelectric eyes. This way, if the door is closing and something gets under it, such as a pet or a child, the beam between the eyes is interrupted and the door automatically reverses.
  1. Release the tension on the side-mounted springs. Now that you’ve chosen a new garage door, you’re probably excited to get it up and running. But before you do, there are a few things you need to do. First and foremost, you need to remove your old garage door. The first step in doing this is releasing the tension on the side-mounted springs. You need to lift the door and use a pair of locking pliers to lock each side of it in place. Once the door is secured, fasten the extension spring onto the roller track. From here, you will want to use the locking pliers to remove the cable from the bottom bracket.
  1. Install the roller tracks. Once you’ve removed your old garage door, the first step to installing your new garage door is to install the upper roller tracks. First, wrap the curved lip around the rollers, placing the top of these tracks roughly 8inches below the top of the top section of the garage door. Be sure to double check that each of the rollers are level with one another before mounting them. Next, install the lower lower tracks, placing them about 8 inches above your garage floor.
  1. Replace all hardware. When you install a new garage door it is also a good idea to replace all the hardware. Keep in mind that for garage doors with an automatic opener, this includes a support strut and an opener bracket. Remember, it is important to mount all of the hardware securely in order to maximize the safety of your garage door.
  1. Eliminate all of the old stop material. Once your new garage door is installed and all of the hardware has been replaced, get rid of all the old stop material located on the exterior of the door. Ideally, you want to replace this old stop material with a new material that has a rubber weather strip gasket, which can be found at the majority of home stores and home centers. Make sure that the door is closed when you are installing this stop material. You should also ensure that the gasket is resting against the door at a 45-degree angle.
  1. Don’t forget about annual maintenance! A garage door is a big investment, and in order to ensure that the door enjoys a long life, without too many problems down the line, proper annual maintenance is absolutely key. Check the condition of all the cables once a year, to ensures that they aren’t worn or frayed, lubricate all rollers and springs, and make sure the door is both properly balanced and operating smoothly.

All in all, you can replace your own garage door and save your self a significant amount of money in installation fees. All it takes is a bit of hard work and some patience!

Keeping Your Garage Cool

Keeping Your Garage Cool.

The good news is that it only takes a few hours to install an air conditioner for a garage, so you can enjoy it when the temperatures really start to rise. A ceiling fan can help the air circulate better to keep the garage at a more moderate temperature, but an AC unit may be able to do the job on its own.

Being hot is frustrating and can greatly slow a work project, so having AC is a necessity. Through-the-wall air conditioning units can cost about $700 and window units cost even less. They are both pretty much the same except for the mounting process. A window AC comes with hardware and sealing kit while a TTW unit needs a separate sleeve that you install into the wall.

Depending on how often you need an AC, you may or may not need insulation. Having insulation will make your garage take longer to cool down, requiring an air-conditioning unit to run for a longer amount of time. However, hanging drywall on the roof can dramatically increase your cool down time and effectiveness. Drywall reduces the amount of area that needs to be cooled and helps the air circulate easier. Install a vapor barrier if you think you may want to add attic insulation down the line.

Adding in Circulating Air.

Start your garage-cooling project by measuring the length and width of the garage. Get quotes on AC units and matching TTW sleeves keeping in mind that it’ll be an additional $100 for window units.

Once you have everything you need, cut through the stud in the center and leave a three-inch bigger space than the height of the AC sleeve opening. This allows for the top and bottom plates. Then knock the cut piece away from the siding and sheathing nails and pin the top and bottom plates to the center and surrounding studs. Include a small jack stud make the opening the right width.

Before cutting out sheathing with a responding saw, test-fit the sleeve. Air conditioning units have bad circulating fans, so don’t put one at the end of a rectangular garage. To get maximum airflow, put it in the middle of your longest wall and aim it towards the door. If you have a window unit planned for the end of a rectangular garage, add a circulating fan to help guide the cold air to the other end of the garage.

Check your sleeve instruction manual to see what the opening size is for your unit. Some AC suppliers require a one-inch clearance on all sides of the sleeve, including the top. And the distance from the roof is critical- never mount an opening right below the top wall plate. The result will be rapid compressor cycling, being very inefficient.

Find the sleeve opening from the ceiling (it’s about two feet down). Remove any drywall to uncover the studs. Make any necessary cuts to the center stud to allow for the planned sill and top plates.

The biggest part of this project will be readjusting the siding. Generally, it’s better to remove unnecessary siding before cutting an opening into the sheathing and then trim and adjust around the opening. It’s best to follow the instruction manual for mounting and securing the sleeve to the frame.

Next, run electrical wires to where the unit is going to be and install the container. Most units that are 120 volts need a dedicated receptacle on a 15 or 20-amp circuit breaker. Extension cords won’t work. As a rule of thumb, a unit that’s 9-12,000 BTU will generally run on a 120-volt, 20 amp circuit. Larger units will require more voltage.Garage Door Insulation 2-min

Other Air Conditioner Options.

We know that portable AC units are available but didn’t include them in this article because of the hot air that can come back into the garage. Portable AC’s use the existing cold air to cool down the condensing coil, and then they push that air into the outdoors. But by creating pressure inside the garage, the air conditioner brings in an equal amount of hot air from outside. Then the portable unit has to work harder to cool that hot air it just brought in. It’s a never-ending cycle, wasting capacity and energy of the unit. A window of TTW unit is way more efficient.

The best garage cooling system is an HVAC arrangement, which costs about four grand. A split system is pretty heavy duty and will do the best job of keeping a garage cool in the hottest weather.

One More Thing about Installing the Sleeve.

To secure the sleeve, integrate filler strips and tighten the sleeve brackets (if your kit came with them). A TTW air conditioner will push most of the cool air to the center of the garage, in turn making hot spots around the sides. For consistently cooling the whole garage, consider adding a ceiling fan to push the hot air from the corners down to the floor. A floor fan can then push that warm air back to the AC unit intake.

 

Prevent Mold Growth In Garage

Prevent Garage Mold.

Garage mold growth is a fairly common problem homeowners have to deal with. Homes usually have good ventilation to help prevent mold growth, but garage space is slightly more prone to being exposed to mold. It doesn’t take much for mold to start forming – just some humidity and condensation. Driving your car into the garage after a rainy or snowy ride could lead to mold growth because your car is bringing water in. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent mold from growing in your garage.

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Prevent Mold Growth From Occurring in Your Garage

  • Look around and make sure there are no leaks coming from garage roof, pipes, etc. If there are, take action immediately.
  • Getting ventilation for your garage may be necessary. Make sure to not block any vents in your garage. Washers and dryers are commonly used in the garage, which create excess heat.
  • A professional may need to remove the drywall and replace with new materials to make sure that the mold problem has been stopped.
  • Air humidifiers – this won’t make the existing mold go away, but will definitely help with decreasing more mold from forming.

Risks Associated With Garage Mold.

Keep in mind that an overgrowth of mold could get pretty dangerous. Why is it that dangerous, you may ask? Well, it can result in serious safety concerns regarding your health; including migraines, asthma attacks, allergy reactions, etc. It is important to deal with mold growth in the garage as soon as possible, because leaving mold sitting can cause greater growth which will cause more and more harm with time.

If you see mold and you would like to get rid of it on your own you can do so by scrubbing the surface mold stains with a mixture of a quarter water and half cup of bleach. This will kill the mold. Do this until you see the mold disappearing. Do not rinse because the moisture will create even more mold!

To get rid of garage mold that is serious, your best bet would be to call a professional to come handle the problem.