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Old 02-09-2010, 10:30 PM   #1
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Garage door is toast. Tracks appear in great shape. It has an opener as well, not sure how great the motor is.

Can I easily replace a garage door myself. I'm highly mechanically inclined, i'm just not sure what it takes. The only thing that really scares me is it's one of the widest doors i've seen. It's 16' wide. Maybe thats standard but it seems big to me. Any advice?

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16 ft is a standard size. They used to be common, but Home owners seem to be using 2 smaller doors instead of the big ones.
You will need a second pair of hands at a couple of the install sequences.
You'll know when you get there, but be prepared to take your time and don't mess with the spring if you are not comfortable.
They can be nasty. Be careful when you wind them up. Or un-wind them. Lock them up with a pair of vice grips.
The door will come with instructions. Maybe Google for details in advance of your efforts.

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Garage doors are fairly easy. Even though your tracks are in good shape, you will be replacing them. New doors come with thier own tracks. The springs are the hardest and most dangerous part of the job. Some door companys have designed a device that makes tensioning the springs easy. All you need is a drill to wind the springs. When you order your door, make sure they give you any reenforcement that you need to hook up your opener.
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I second and third the warnings on the springs. They often hurt people and I imagine have probably killed some. Nothing to play with!
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I have done a couple doors over the years - while not overly difficult it can be a hassle, ends up taking the better part of a day, and you need a helper - and you have to dispose of the old door. I've found it not worth my while to mess with installing garage doors vs. what a garage door company will usually do it for - plus they tote away the old door.

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Old door is wood. It's going in the burn pile.
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I installed my 9' x 7' doors w/springs (temp doors)
The hardest part will be getting the 16' panels into the tracks
To put the springs on I opened the door & supported it
It was then very easy to connect the Springs w/safety wires
Safety wires go thru the middle of the Spring in case it ever fails

How easy depends upon the spring device
Some are torsion (bars?) springs & harder to install/more dangerous
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It is definitely a torsion bar. There are 2 springs on it. Maybe I'll make some calls today and see how much they want to do it. Could be free install with purchase of a door.
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Alan,
Do yourself a favor and call a local garage door guy to replace your door. They usually get the door cheaper than what you can, and even when they add their labor in, it's not that much more. Plus they will usually haul away the old one for you. I hang doors and openers including commercial size ones. While the mechanics are not rocket science, the knowledge of knowing how they go together and how they come apart without hurting yourself is what you are paying for. Just like anything else.
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I agree. Have it replaced...

I paid The Overhead Door co. $600 ea., installed, new tracks, etc, for two doors (9x7) at the end of December. It was nippy out, about 0 degrees F. It took two guys about 4 hrs. The too the old junkies and everything. The doors I bought were not the insulated ones (my garage is in very rough shape), but decent doors. I brought them hot chocolate...

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