• In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains how to muffle a noisy garage-door opener.


    1 Unplug the motor of the garage-door opener.
    2 Place stepladder under garage-door opener motor; set wood block on top of ladder.
    3 Unbolt and lower motor from mounting straps; set motor on top of wood blocks.
    4 Disconnect door-track mounting bracket from wall.
    5 Place rubber pad behind mounting bracket and reattach it to the wall.
    6 Hang the motor from the mounting straps using rubber pads.
    7 Remove the stepladder and wood blocking.
    8 Test the operation of the garage-door opener.
    • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
      This no-sweat upgrade requires no special tools or skills
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      Tools List

      • wrench
      • drill
      • jigsaw
        Jigsaw with metal-cutting blade
        used to cut thick rubber pad
      • ratchet wrench
        Ratchet wrench with assorted sockets
        for removing hex-head fasteners
      • allen wrench set
        Combination wrenches in assorted sizes
        for removing hex-head fasteners

      Shopping List

      1. Dense rubber pads,

      used to dampen vibration and noise from garage-door opener

      2. Stepladder,

      two required

      3. Wood blocks,

      are placed on ladder to support motor of garage-door opener