Garage Door Repair/Replacement Houston, Texas

Garage Door Repair Steps

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Step to Garage Door Repair

Step 1: Take the Door Measurements

Before purchasing a new garage door, take some measurements. Measure the width of the door from the actual structural member, not the trim piece.

Next, measure for head room so there is enough room for the door to actually operate. Lower the door to make sure there are no pipes or framing members in the way.


Step 2: Lower the Door

Each door is different — some need to be taken out when they are in the up position and some when they are in the down position. If a door has tension springs on them, it should be taken down when it is in the up position. It is very important that there is no tension on the door when taking it apart.

Once the door is up and locked into place there is no tension on the spring and it is safe to release it.

Keep in mind that when the springs are released there is nothing to help with weight replacement. Garage doors weigh 150 pounds or more and if the door were not locked in place, there would need to be some way of holding it up until it can be lower manually. If no one is available to help, a clamp can be put on the track at the end of the door . When ready, release the clamp and take the weight of the door.

Remove the tension spring cables and then carefully put the door down


Step 3: Remove the Door Panels

Remove the pin of the top center brace and loosen the brace .

Remove the nuts from the bolts on the top panel . Remove the nuts at the top of the next panel down. The first panel should come right out.

Continue this procedure until all the panels have been removed.


Step 4: Disassemble the Operator

Remove the old door tracks and the laser sensor that keeps the door from closing when an object is beneath it.

Remove the brackets holding the track in place. Disconnect the track from the brackets that allow it to hang from the ceiling. Keep a firm grip on the rail or it will fall .

Remove the old operator by unfastening the brackets holding it in place and snip the wiring . Use a ladder to rest the motor on until someone is available to help pull the whole thing down.


Step 5: Prepare the Frame

Before beginning installation, check to make sure all of the new door’s hardware is accounted for.

Remove the header trim and the old 2″ x 4″s so the rough opening can be reframed. Use new 2″ x 4″s for this and attach them with 16-penny nails.


Step 6: Level the New Door

Set the bottom piece of the new garage door in place to make sure it conforms to the concrete floor. Check it with a level and add shims until it is level. Use a compass to make sure it is the right distance between the concrete and the bottom of the door on the highest side. Transcribe a line across the bottom to show where to cut.

Use a circular saw to trim off the bottom of the panel. Trim slowly and follow the line as close as possible so it will be a nice fit to the door.


Step 7: Install Weather Stripping

To finish the bottom panel, install weather stripping using galvanized roofing nails.

Note: Weather stripping will wear out over time and needs to be replaced.


Step 8: Attach the Corner Brackets and Build the Hinges

The corner brackets usually have an R and an L on them so they can easily be installed on the correct side. Bring them all the way down flush to the bottom of the door . The heart shaped areas are where the screws go.

Next, start building the hinges. The hinges are all numbered at the bottom . The first section will be ones all the way across. The one always goes at the bottom. The next section will have twos on the corners and a one in the middle, the next will have threes on the sides and a one in the middle, etc.


Step 9: Install Tracks and Rollers

Once the hinges for the bottom panel are in place, install rollers in each of the ones at the sides.

Set the track around the bottom two wheels. Brackets will actually fasten the track to the wall, but it is better to wait until the end so the doors can be as close as necessary. Attach the brackets (they have a little play in them).

The track is slightly flexible so it is easy to fit the rollers into it. Attach the track to the new 2″ x 4″ framing.


Step 10: Mark the Hinges

The middle hinges go 48″ in from the edges of the panel, and the last hinge goes 1-3/4″ from the edge, just like the first one. Use a carpenter’s square to mark them before installing the hinges.


Step 11: Attach the Panels

Put together the tension rod assembly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembly very closely, because the springs on them are very strong.

It is important to bring all the door hardware, tools, and panels into the garage at this point, because until the panels are attached to each other, you are pretty much stuck in the garage when the panels start stacking up.

The tongue of each panel fits over the groove of the panel below it as the rollers slide on the panels down the track.


Step 12: Fasten the Tracks

Once satisfied that the rollers won’t bind in the track, fasten it down with screws. Connect the horizontal track and vertical track. It is extremely important that the two align correctly or the door will be out of line and the wheel will bump. Tie in the horizontal track . Connect the tracks on the other side.


Step 13: Install the End Bearing

The end bearing is what the tension rod will slide through and spin. It is simple to install. Both plates go on the outside. A hex head goes in the bottom and a carriage bolt in the top.


Step 14: Fasten the Hinges

Before setting the last panel in the tracks, set the power unit on the actual frame and slide it in the ends. Hardened screws are used to attach the center bracket. They are a different type screw — they are tougher and will last a lot longer. Make sure the bracket is level (to the eye) when installed and leave the bracket a little loose so adjustments can be made. Fasten down all the hinges


Step 15: Install the Cable and Spring

To install the cable that will pull the door up, attach it to the bottom panel.

Thread the cable through the cable winder and wrap it around. Once the cable is wrapped, tighten down the set screws . If preferred, a professional can be hired to wind the spring.


Step 16: Install the Operator Support

Install the brackets to hold the new operator. Make absolutely certain they are securely in place. A couple more brackets hang down and support the actual motor of the operator .

Attach the bracket holding the spring in place to the header support block. Attach the rail of the operator to the bracket and mount the motor .


Step 17: Install the Trim and Paint

To install the trim, use a paint scraper to get rid of the old caulk. The vinyl trim is installed with finish nails. Paint the door.

Note: A job like this is very labor intensive. Allow enough time to install the door so that it is done safely.

Garage Door Repair in Houston Texas

How to Choose a Garage Door Repair Company in Houston

In 2008, the Better Business Bureau of Texas developed its “Top
ten tips for choosing a garage door repair company.” The list was created in response
to a rash of complaints about repair companies that charged grossly excessive prices,
performed unneeded repairs, did shoddy work, and/or other questionable practices.
The list was good, but it badly needs updating for the Google era. If your area is
having a problem with unethical repair companies, here is our new and condensed list
that may be useful for sharing with customers or for posting on your website

1) Get bids from two or three companies.

You may be in a hurry to get your door fixed, but are you
prepared to pay $500 to $1,000 for a $150 repair? Getting
multiple bids is the best way to avoid getting scammed. In
most markets, a second bid alone will reveal a rip-off.
You can get these bids quickly over the phone. But when the
technician arrives, let him know that he must get your permission
before exceeding the bid. Don’t be afraid to reject any proposed
extra repairs.

2) Beware of the repair specialist.

Many unethical garage door companies intentionally target repair work because (1) customers are desperate for a quick fix and won’t get other bids, (2) customers don’t know the real cost of garage door parts, and (3) customers don’t know a necessary repair from a bogus one. If you get one bid from a company that focuses on repair, get another bid from a long-established company that does garage door sales and service.

3) Be wary of phones answered generically, such as “Garage doors” or “Door service.”

This tactic is used by slippery companies that operate under so many names that they can’t even answer their own phones honestly. If a company answers its phone strangely, ask them, “What company is this?” If they balk at this simple, honest question, hang up and call someone else.

C.M.G Garage Doors

C.M.G Garage Doors was created by a 3rd generation construction trained professional, who has many years of experience in the garage door industry. He is a family man who has a wife and three children, who also understands the value of saving money. We want to provide you affordable garage door service and quality work.

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