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How to Take Apart Your Old Garage Door

If you are interested in turning your garage into a room, you will need to remove the garage door first. You can take the door out using these instructions. It is important to note that you will need someone to help you with this project. It is not a one-person job.

1. How to Take Apart Your Old Garage Door

In order to take apart the old garage door, you will need to get together this list of tools:

  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • 2 clamps
  • Socket wrenches
  • A wrench that adjusts
  • Pry bar
  • Screwdriver (determine if you need a flathead or Phillips head screwdriver)
  • Someone to help you
  • Ladder

These are the tools you will need to take apart your garage door. Check your owners’ manual to see if they have any tips on removal for your make or model. These are general instructions, but you might need to make adjustments.

2. Determine Which Type of Garage Door Spring You Have

One of the reasons we do not suggest homeowners do their own garage door maintenance is on account of the springs. The springs are designed to wind up and hold tension. That means, when the tension is broken, it can cause the door to fall or the spring to shoot off of the bar.

There are two types of springs: torsion and extension. The torsion springs are located right above the door and attached to a header. The extension springs are located above the tracks on both sides.

This is very important, if you have torsion springs, please call us right away. These are the types of springs that can fatally harm you. We can come out and remove the springs without a problem.

3. Disconnect The Opener From the Ceiling

If you have a screw drive or belt drive opener, it will be located in the center of the garage on the ceiling. It is plugged into an outlet above your garage door. Go ahead and unplug it to cut the power.

4. Pull the Emergency Release and Remove the Opener

The emergency release cord usually hangs from the opener and has a red handle. Pull the cord to disconnect the door from the trolley. Once you have done that, you can remove the garage door opener. You will need to unscrew all of the bolts to take it down. This is where a helper will come in handy.

5. Remove the Springs

In order to take down your extension springs, you will need to raise the door and hold the door to the tracks with the 2 clamps. This is an important step because it will hold the door in place when you remove the springs. Then you can take the springs off.

6. Take Down the Pulley Assembly

You will need to remove the pulley assembly once the springs are taken off. Then, close the door all of the way in order to disassemble each panel. You will need to have 1 or 2 people help you with this. Remove the clamps and then gently lower the door.

7. Take Apart the Brackets

Working from the top of the door to the bottom, you will need to remove the brackets that are holding the door together. Take off each panel as you go down and set it aside.

8. Remove Door Jambs

Use your hammer and pry bar to remove the door jamb altogether. This will allow you to close up the hole to make a wall.

Call Us To Help You

If you are hesitant about doing this project, then give us a call. We will send a technician to your house to evaluate your project. They can help you take down the old door so that you can turn your garage into another room.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

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