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How do you install a garage door opener?

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Installing a garage door opener is a two-person job that requires removing the old opener, mounting and aligning the new unit and securing the motor. Read all instructions on the new unit before beginning installation.

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To install a garage door opener requires a few steps.

Step 1: Remove the old unit

Removing the existing garage door opener requires two people, as one person needs to unplug and disconnect the sensors and bolts at the unit while the other person disconnects the unit from the garage door. Once both sides are disconnected, both people need to slowly lower the assembly. Remove any remaining mounting hardware from the ceiling or door.

Step 2: Mount the bracket

Lay out all pieces for installation, and measure and mark the area to attach the mounting bracket. Use a torpedo level and ensure the mounting bracket is at the center line of the garage door. Drill pilot holes before attaching the mounting bracket.

Step 3: Attach the track

Attach the track front to the bracket, ensuring it is at a 90-degree angle to the garage door.

Step 4: Attach the motor

Attach the motor to the ceiling joists with metal hanging straps, and then attach the opener arm and track at the door.

Step 5: Install the motion sensors

Install the sensors on either side of the door, about 4 to 6 inches above ground level. These prevent the door from closing if an object is in the way.

Once the garage door opener is installed, test it to make sure everything is working properly, and then enjoy the convenience of the new unit.

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