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Overhead door parts installation

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New garage door assembly process - With the old wood door removed and out of the way, we're ready to start the assembly of the new roll-up garage door parts.

Amarr is the manufacturer of this door. Not that Amarr is any better then what any other manufacturer will produce, it's just that Amarr is the manufacturer that my installer works with.

First, our installer frames out the old door frame to the right size for a good fit with the new roll-up overhead door. If your garage door frame color is white, then you're in luck. The framing is the standard Sierra White that your trim was done in. There are some scuff marks from installation though, so painting will need to be done, but it's not a total mismatch of colors that looks bad or anything like that.

Next the roller rail hardware parts are installed. They are mounted to the framing inside the garage. You are probably familiar with these, they are the same with any roll-up garage door. Wheels on each panel will ride inside these roller rails as the door opens and rolls up overhead.

The four panels parts provided by the manufacturer make up the door and are installed one at a time. The bottom panel first, with the rubber seal along the bottom. Our installer puts the panel into place, fits the little roller wheels into the rail, and then bolts the roller wheels to the panel. That's it, the first of four garage door panels installed in place.

The second panel is done next, and the panels are attached to each other with hinges so they can roll-up and out if the way.

At the top of the garge door the the manufacturer provides a big metal rod which runs the width of the door. This rod contains the torsion springs and spools for the cable that provides tension to the door and assists in opening and closing the garage door.

Overhead door parts installationOur installer winds up the springs. You will notice in the pictures below that the springs are connected to a hub on the rod. The hub has some set screws to prevent the hub from rotating on the rod. The hub also has four 1/2 inch holes in it which our installer uses to tension the springs. With the set screws loosened, the installer uses some 1/2 inch steel rods to tension the springs. He plugs the rod into the hub hole which gives him leverage to turn the hub - providing tension.

The second rod goes into the next hole in the hub, and he turns the hub another 1/4 turn. The installer repeats this process on both hubs until the springs have the correct amount on tension.

With all the manufacturers parts installed, the garage door itself is complete, and can be rolled open and closed manually. Note that there is no deadbolt on this door, but the door opener has a locked mode for when you go on vacation. Next it's time for the Liftmaster garage door opener to be installed.

Already we can see that the extra light coming in from the garage door windows is providing plenty of light, and that the normal garage lighting won't even be needed for ventures into the garage on a bright day. This garage faces to the east so there's even more light coming through in the morning. But there's no shortage of light coming through during any time of the day.





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