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How do I Remove My Garage Door?

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!

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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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