Step 2: Align the Vertical Tracks

worker screwing brackets to the jamb to hold the garage door track in place
Photo: Kolin Smith
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First, we mount hinges and rollers on the top corners of all the door sections, then we center the bottom section in the opening, brace it upright, and shim it level. The vertical tracks slip over the rollers and their brackets are loosely attached to the door's jamb. Once each track is made plumb, the brackets are screwed tight to the jamb.
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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