Do It Yourself: How To Install An Automatic Garage Door Opener

A handy guide to installing an automatic garage door opener and what features to consider when buying one.

Many of us enjoy the comforts of convenience and having an automatic garage door is no exception. There is just something about being able to open our garage door with the push of a button, so we go out and purchase a garage door opener with little knowledge of how to really install it.

With a day, some patience and this handy guide we can master this not so easy task, so let's get started.

Before you begin some features you may want to consider when purchasing a garage door opener are:

1. An illuminated wall control panel that will allow you to turn off the garage door opener when you simply won't be home for a long period of time. The control panel should also contain some sort of lighting system so that you are able to turn your garage lights without activating the automated garage door opener.

2. An Emergency release and automatic reconnect to allow your garage door to open manually if the power ever fails.

3. An automatic safety reverse that will allow the door to reverse if something is caught going up or down in the doorway.

4. An automatic light delay that automatically turns on the lights in the garage and then off after a few minutes for a safe peace of mind.

There are also many other features that can be added to your garage door opener as well as some that automatically come with standard openers that are listed above.

Now let's get started with installing that garage door opener.

First you will need to use a stud finder to determine where the joists are in your garage that will aide in supporting this project.

When you have accomplished that, you can begin by bolting a 2x4 board to your garage ceiling.

Next attach angle irons to the board and fasten the garage door opener's motor securely to the irons.

Mount another 2x4 board over your garage door and mark a line down the center of the board using a pencil.

Position the head bracket to the centerline and attach the bracket to the board. Next attach the track to the bracket using a clevis pin that should have been provided with your new garage door opener.

You will then want to install the garage door opener's arm which consists of two parts that allows you to adjust the length of the arm.

Next mount the control panel to the garage door following the instructions that came with your garage door opener. From here you will be able use the control panel's keypad to control your new garage door opener's open and close features.

Finally you will want to follow the instructions provided to adjust the door's operation to suit your specific needs.

By following the above steps you will soon be able to install your new automatic garage door opener in a little as one day and begin enjoying the comfort and convenience that comes with your new garage door opener for years to come.

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