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How to Install a Wind Load Post On Your Garage Door

In the event that you have a hurricane heading your way, you should install a wind load post on your garage door. The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Service of New Haven, CT wants you to be safe during storms. We put together a guide to help you reinforce your garage door.

Here’s what you need to do to install a wind load post.

1. Identify The Parts From Your Wind Load Post Installation Kit

After you purchase a wind post installation kit, you will need to take out all of the parts. Make sure you read the instructions to identify what each part does. Many kits come with parts such as:

  • Half Hinges
  • Header Lock Brackets
  • Strap Brackets
  • Plate Extensions
  • J-Struts
  • Straps
  • Wing Nuts
  • Windload Post
  • Carriage Bolts
  • Slide Lock Kit
  • Bottom Bracket Assembly
  • Slide Lock
  • Plastic Plug
  • Screws of Various Sizes

Each of these parts will help you to install your post in the center of the door. Make sure you have all parts before you begin.

2. Gather The Necessary Tools

In addition to the parts in your kit, you will need certain tools to make the installation. Here are the tools you will need for this project:

  • Drill
  • 3/16 Drill Bit
  • 7/16 Drill Bit
  • ⅝ X 4 Masonry Drill
  • Tape Measure
  • Step Ladder or Chair
  • Level
  • Safety Glasses
  • Pencil

3. Install The Top Bracket

To start the installation process, you will need to place the header lock bracket.

  1. Use your pencil to mark a vertical line on the header.
  2. Make sure it is aligned with the J-struts.
  3. Take the tape measure and mark a line 2 inches above the door jamb.
  4. Screw in the lock bracket.

4. Install The Bottom Bracket

After you have the top bracket in place, you will need to install the bottom bracket. It has the same steps as the top bracket.

5. Mark the Post Hold Placement

Take your pencil and mark a centerline on the floor in line with the J-struts. You will need to use a masonry bit to drill into the concrete. After you drill the hole, clean it out completely.

6. Top Plate Extension and Strap Bracket Installation

Find the top plate extension and the top strap bracket in your kit. Use the ¼ x ⅞ self-drilling screws to put the parts together. Don’t tighten the strap bracket completely until the wind load post is in place. Then you can tighten the screws on all of the straps.

7. Install the Side Lock

After the post is in position, drill holes to install the side lock. This square lock assembly is designed to reinforce the post. Make sure you leave ⅛ inch from the section edge when you screw it into place.

Contact Us Today For Garage Door Damage

If your garage door is damaged in a hurricane, call the team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Service of New Haven, CT. We will send one of our technicians out to your address as soon as we can. Our company is available to you any time of the day.

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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.
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