There might come a time when you need to remove your garage door. Perhaps you are converting the garage into living quarters or are replacing the door altogether. Either way, our team at Neighborhood Garage door repair is ready to help you on this journey.
Before we get started, it’s important to note that you are going to need more than two hands to get this job done. If, for any reason, you feel that you don’t have the required help, please get in contact with a professional. Removing a door is not something that is very difficult, but you always want to ensure your safety.
Step 1-Disconnecting The Garage Door Opener
You are going to start with the garage door completely closed and then you will unplug the opener unit from the outlet. You will then disengage the opener’s trolley by pulling the release cord that hangs from the opener track. Then you will remove the cotter pin and bolt that connects at the end of the arm in order to disconnect the trolley support.
Your door will now be separated from the opener and you should be able to remove the opener. The manufacturer should also have instructions on this if you need help. Now we will move on to the next step.
Step 2-Removing The Springs
The springs of garage doors carry the majority of the garage door’s weight while it lifts and lowers. You will run into two types of springs; extension and torsion spring. You will always want to be sure of the types of springs that you are working with.
Extension springs will be located over the upper tracks and will be on both sides of the doot. Torsion springs can be dangerous since they are always under tension. If you have torsion springs, now is the time to call a professional so the springs get unwound safely.
When you are removing extension springs you will want to make sure that your door is completely open and either C-clamps or locking pliers are attach to the tracks. This will ensure that the garage door doesn’t roll once you have removed the springs. Always remember that garage door, even thinner metal doors, are extremely heavy and can fall with great force is the springs are no longer there to do their job.
Step 3-Lowering The Door
You will want to set wooden blocks on the floor where your door will meet with the floor. This will prevent your fingers from getting pinched or smashed when you lower the door. Now you will need to get your helpers to lower your garage door.
While the door is being supported, remove the clamps and then carefully lower it until it is resting on the blocks of wood. The weight of the door might be several hundred pounds, so make sure your helpers are aware of this.
Step 4-Removing The Door Panels
Door panels should be removed one at a time, from top to bottom. You will start by removing the bolts with a socket wrench so the hinges are secured to the top panel of the door. Only remove the bolts that are on the upper half of the hinge and have a helper supporting the panel. You will the tilt back the panel and remove it away from the panel tracks. Repeat this until all panels are removed.
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We hope that you find this article informative and that it gives you the confidence you need to get the job done. If you run into any problems, please give Neighborhood Garage Door Repair a call today. Our friendly phone staff is standing by ready to help you!