Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team has put together some instructions to help those who want to install their own drawbar operator. We hope our guidelines help you and give you a feel for what you need if you choose to make this a DIY project.
These general instructions will work for most typical residential garage door openers. We recommend you always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions that pertain to your specific garage door opener, and to always wear your safety glasses and equipment when working on a project.
What is a Drawbar Operator and How Do I Get Started?
The drawbar operator is the bar that connects your garage door opener with the garage door. Your drawbar operator will be opening and closing your sectional garage door every time, so make sure the installation area is stable and secure enough to handle the stresses of constant use. If there are existing pull ropes and/or mechanical locks remove them before getting started as they can be dangerous and could become potential problems with your new unit.
Installing the Header Mounting Bracket for the Operator Rail
The header mounting bracket supports the operator’s trolley rail. Check to make sure the installation structure can handle the structural support stresses resulting from constant use, and that it is securely fastened. Take special care not to split the spring pad, as an injury could occur to anyone in the area.
Ceiling Mounting Bracket
Use a ceiling mounting bracket to support the power head. When installing the ceiling mounting bracket make sure the screws are secured into the joists. If your garage has a finished ceiling the finishing material is not enough to safely hold and operate the drawbar operator.
Installing the Intermediate Rail Support
Not all operators will need an intermediate rail support bracket. If your unit needs this support, check your manufacturer’s instructions for additional information. You might need to install support between the ceiling and the rail if you are installing an intermediate rail.
Attaching the Operator Arm to the Garage Door
The bracket that connects the operator arm to the garage door must be installed in an area that is strong enough to handle the weight of the garage door. Close the garage door while determining where the bracket should be positioned. The manufacturer’s instructions will show the correct angle to attach the bracket to the garage door.
Reinforcing the Top of the Garage Door
Reinforcement at the top of the garage door is going to be needed. Consult your manufacturer’s direction for the process appropriate for your unit.
Give Us a Call if You Need Help
If you decide this is more project than you care to do, give us a call. Our technicians can take care of the installation for you. They can install your garage door opener and you’ll find they are professional and knowledgeable. Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team is here anytime you need assistance with your garage door. It’s what we do all day, every day, so give us a call and we’ll be right over.