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Most garage doors are sold on a parts only basis which can make them an ideal DIY project. Even so, it is important to bear in mind that fitting a garage door is not a simple undertaking, particularly if the door type involves a roller, sectional, or sliding door mechanism. Tasks The first task is to decide which type of garage door, or garage door replacement is required. The options include: side hinged, up-and-over, sectional, roller, and sliding, with the options of manual or remote control operation. All but side hinged doors will require the removal of the existing door and door frame (the frame can be retained for a hinged replacement door). If there is to be a change in the door type, it is vital to ensure that the new mechanism (or frame) can be accommodated within the garage's entrance without snagging on any obstructions on the walls or roof. Once the choice of door has been made, it will be necessary to plan the different fitting operations in sequence. An up-and-over door An up-and-over door requires the fitting of a frame which supports the door in its various positions and within which the door can travel through 90 degrees. The fitting of this frame requires the setting out of the frame and its fixing points and the drilling (usually into masonry) for the screws and screw plugs. The support and fitting of this kind of frame will require a minimum of two people. There are two significantly different up-and-over door frame types - dependent upon whether the door has a canopy or a retractable motion. Once the frame is fitted the door can be fed into the running tracks and any fine adjustments, to smooth-out the running mechanism, can be made accordingly. A roller, sectional, or sliding garage door Doors using a roller, sectional, or sliding opening and closing motion require more planning, more work and a higher level of precision. All of these garage door types rely on a door that is composed of several hinged sections that


bend or roll as the door is opened. This means that the door moves within runners that precisely guide the door at the top and the bottom, or along both sides, during its entire motion. With this type of door mechanism, two sides of the door will be in constant contact with the tracks and they need to be in perfect alignment (either horizontally or vertically respectively). When fitting one of these door types it is critical to ensure that there is ample room for the open door to stow-away above, or to the side of, the garage door opening. Once this has been confirmed, the tracks can be fitted. In the case of a sliding door, the tracks will run to one side of the opening and possibly to a more remote "door storage" area further away from the entrance. It is therefore important to buy a sufficient amount of track to transit the opened door to its resting location. The track will also have to be fitted in perfect "plumb", both above and below the doors intended running path. This requires a smooth solid floor and a sufficient depth of vertical wall, or a structural roof, for the attachment of the fixings. There is less flexibility for "after fitting" adjustment with this kind of door. A roller or sectional garage door stores above the door's opening and consequently requires some free roof space. This kind of door has both a transition frame (within which the door slides and folds) and a separate frame section, or roller, onto which the open door is stored/held. It is important that the configuration of the transition and storage components of the frame are in good alignment and that the complete frame section is securely and safely fitted.

Details of the different garage door types and their operating and fitting requirements can be found at http://www.rollergaragedoor.net, and information about electric garage door operation can be found at http://www.rollergaragedoor.net/automated.html The fitting of all of these garage door types requires a good tool box that, in addition to standard tools, includes an electric drill, masonry bits, a spirit level, a ladder, a masonry chisel and lump hammer. A minimum of two operatives will speed up the work and will be necessary for lifting and supporting the door and frame components during installation. This is not a project for an "occasional" or casual DIY-er or home improver.

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