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Old 04-21-2012, 03:39 PM   #1
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I am re-taping and painting my garage ceiling. The rear support bracket for my garage door track is bolted directly to the ceiling joist, with a hole cut in the drywall for access. Bought this house a year ago so don't know the back story. My question, can I unbolt this, patch the hole, and bolt up the bracket on the surface of the drywall. This will move the rear part of track down 5/8". I could adjust the bracket but the holes are 1" apart so that would move the track up 3/8". Will this cause any problems? Can I unbolt this without killing myself? (door down, of course) I know zippy about garage doors. Thanks.




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Yep--Unbolt it--add drywall and reattach---you may need to drill a new hole into the track if the door doesn't work properly---but I bet it will be fine without messing with the adjustments.

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Yep--Unbolt it--add drywall and reattach---you may need to drill a new hole into the track if the door doesn't work properly---but I bet it will be fine without messing with the adjustments.

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Typical fastener is approx 1 1/2 inches.
Grab some similar size lags but add an extra inch in length.

I've seen plenty pull out of the drywall over the years!
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Thanks for the advice!
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maybe get a few measurements off of the wall and a few spots on the ceiling that correlate with where the bracket sits now so later after you have the drywall fixed you will know exactly where the bracket goes back.
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As noted above...no problem. In fact, with the door down....the rail will hang there nicely without support.....

But I hate those ugly brackets.....this is my solution....

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Thanks again for the replies, especially the tip on the length of the lag screws. I would've slept on that until it was time to re-attach. I used a plumb bob to keep the track located. Going to look much better than it did once taped and finished.



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Looks good SS,
one more thing, since you're doing such a nice job cleaning things up. Take a hacksaw or a sawzall if you have one and cut off the couple inches of the vertical angle hanging down below the garage door track.
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Nice job. And I know it's after the fact but in similar situation I have used plywood as the patch instead of drywall where the hardware fastens.

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