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How Do I Install a Drawbar Operator on My Sectional Garage Door?

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.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

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