Basic Rules of Replacement of Garage Door Hinges

June, 2016

Replacement of garage door hinges and rollers can be quite a difficult task. This article will familiarize you with the simplest rules of replacement of hinges and rollers.

Replacing rollers you should have your garage door up. The first step for you to take is unscrewing of the rollers attached to the hinges. For it the hinge should be moved outward from the door. The same procedure should be done to other hinges you're going to install. The bolts can be tapped out with the help of a hammer before the release of the hinge from the door. Then the nut needs to be threaded back with several turns before tapping. In order to ensure the security and safety of your garage door, it's recommended to use a small piece of wood. It should be placed between the bolt and the hammer if there is enough space of course.

During the process of reattachment of the hinge, the roller should be tipped back into the track, and the hinge needs to be correctly positioned. After that, although not compulsory, the bolts should be tapped back through from the outside, some lull mattress. There is a special bolt in garage doors called a carriage bolt. It differs from other kinds of bolts as it has no gripping surface to hold the nut after it is tightened. But this type of bolt has a square lip under the smooth head. This lip can press and lock an object to the door. It's very important to tighten the nut tapping the carriage bolt in, otherwise it may not engage into the same hole created in the door before, strip out the wood and start turning. The tip of the threaded part of the bolt should be tightly held with the help of pliers while tightening the nut with a wrench. This trick plays a very important role, especially for older garage doors that can easily rot around the bolts. This often happens not far from the ground, and as a result, the carriage bolts can start moving even if you're maximally careful.

In any case, while replacing your garage door hinges you can use any method you like, nevertheless, always remember to use a safe ladder. It's especially important while unbolting the hinge. A ladder serves as good reinforcement for you.

If you have decided to replace a bottom hinge on your own, remember to prevent any tension from the cable. It can be also disconnected from the bracket. Keep in mind that the weight of the spring offers a significant amount of force, that is why if you find disconnection of the cable too difficult or some of your cables are attached to the lower bracket serving as decoration more, the cable can be clamped to the track.

Finally you should remember that all of the upper given pieces of advice should be followed in order to replace garage door hinges correctly. After all bolts are properly fastened down, braces, clamps, and other items should be removed. The door should be carefully tested with your hands several times. Further, the garage door opener needs to be reengaged and make sure that it works correctly.

Summing up, it's important to emphasize that replacing garage door hinges may turn out to be a rather complicated responsibility, but you will become a real professional if you read this article for the second time.