Garages are wonderful additions to homes. They can be a warm, safe and dry place to get in and out of your car. Depending on their size, they can offer you storage space and even an indoor workshop or exercise area. They typically add to the overall property value of a home far more than they cost to build. Yet, they’re only really convenient if you can open them remotely instead of doing it by hand. Keep reading to learn how to install garage opener devices.
The first thing that you need to do is inspect your garage for existing devices and evaluate if you are skilled enough to do all the work yourself. I usually advice to use professional help for any related works because if you will not complete the job correctly it might become a hazard to your family. If you bought a home with a garage that supposedly did not have an opener, you might be shocked to discover that it actually does. It’s possible the old one broke or the previous owner just lost the remote and then forgot about it and didn’t want to admit it. You might even be in a situation where you had a unit breakdown or you lost your own remote. These situations don’t always mean a new unit is necessary. Replacement remotes can be ordered, and repairs are often possible. At the very least, you’ll see if older, defunct hardware is in the way and needs removed to make room for a new unit.
Once you know you need a garage door opener, you’ll need to make decisions regarding the horsepower and drive type. The horsepower options are typically 1/3, 1/2 and 3/4. The 1/3 is sometimes a little hard to find, but it or a 1/2 should work for most single doors. Double doors always need at least a 1/2, and a 3/4 is a better choice for garage doors with real or faux wood overlays, as these dramatically boost the weight.
Opener drive types typically breakdown to belt drives, screw drives, and chain drives. Chain drive versions are the cheapest, but they’re also the loudest, so avoid them if there’s residential or sleeping rooms above or near the garage. A screw drive lands in the middle of the price range as well as in terms of noise, but require the least amount of maintenance over time. Belt drives cost the most, but are also the quietest you can get.
Each manufacturer has its own set of instructions for the installation of a garage door opener, but here’s a trick you can use with most sets: Make the installation easier by setting the opener on top of a ladder first. You can get it to the exact height and center position you need this way first, without attaching anything permanently until you’re dead on. If the ladder isn’t quite tall enough, use a few boards on top of the ladder but underneath the opener to get the height just right. Still, using an eight-foot ladder is a great place to start.
Once you go through the manufacturer instructions, you’ll know how to install garage opener technology in your home. To keep things safe in the long run, there are two additional steps you can take in the installation process. The first is to hang the opener with a heavy-duty angle iron in lieu of the strap that many models come with. Also, be picky in the light bulbs you buy; don’t go over the wattage listed, and choose ones that say ‘rough service’ on the package, as they can withstand the resulting vibrations.