How to Install A Garage Door Opener Yourself
You can absolutely install your own garage door opener. All you need is an afternoon, a few tools and maybe a helping hand from a buddy. Here is my guide on how to install a garage door opener yourself. Give it a quick read through, purchase and prep all the necessary parts and then get started. Whether you need to know how to replace a garage door opener or install a new one from scratch, this can be done yourself. Just follow my instructions and the video below.
What You'll Find in This Post
Time & Manpower:
If will take you about 3-4 hours to install your garage door opener system from scratch. If you’re removing an existing system, allow for time to take that out. You might be able to reuse your rails if you’re doing a replacement rather than a new install.
While you can do this job solo, it may be helpful to have a second person available to help you install your new garage door opener.
Tools You Will Need:
- Measuring tape
- Cordless drill
What Products You’ll Need:
- New Garage Door Opener – If you haven’t already purchased yours, then please read through my guide to picking the right garage door opener for your garage as they do vary somewhat.
- Extension Rails – If your garage door is over 7 feet tall, you will need to run extension rails. Purchase these for 8 foot or 10 foot garage doors here.
- Operator plate to fit the door you have
How to Install a Garage Door Opener (VIDEO)
Simply follow the step by step instructions outlined in this video to install your new garage door opener. It is a relatively simple task for the home handyman and can be completed in an afternoon. No need to pay $100s to have an installer visit your house. This is an easy DIY project.