Step 1: Remove Old Door

two workers dismantling a common overhead garage door
Photo: Kolin Smith
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The new door arrives in four or five boxes about a week after we measure the opening and place the order. (For this job, the owner had the sections painted with an acrylic latex from C2 Paint.) The first thing we do is take off the old springs, then one by one all the old door sections and old tracks are unbolted and carried away.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Impact driver, for driving screws through hinges and brackets
    • locking pliers
      Locking pliers, used to hold open the door while the spring is attached
    • ratchet wrench
      Ratchet wrench, used to tighten nuts on machine screws
    • ladder
      Ladder

    Shopping List

    Sectional garage door, hinged panels that roll on tracks

    Assorted garage-door hardware and tracks, used to support the door in doorway opening

    Decorative hardware,to mimic handles on traditional outswing doors