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by Jeff Patterson in About, Interior
Garage Door Opener Installation

There’s one reason you’re seeing this tutorial today.

My wife.

Her garage door opener died about 4 weeks ago.

She told me that if I didn’t fix it I’d, ahem.., be sleeping in garage.

So, with that subtle hint I decided to do her garage door opener installation this past weekend.

You’re in luck since I also made a video tutorial showing you every step.

You can totally do this project but don’t miss the tips or the cool giveaway!!

These days I’m all about online product reviews.

When it came time to choose a garage door opener I looked to see which brand got 4 or 5 stars.

Chamberlain garage door openers simply get the best reviews by DIYers like you and me.

Chamberlain garage door openers

And that’s the reason I bought one.

Here’s the supply list for this project

  • Ladder (FREE)
  • Step Stool (FREE or Borrow)
  • Socket Wrench and Socket Set (FREE or Borrow or $20)
  • Phillips and Flat Head Screwdrivers (FREE)
  • Camera or Smartphone (FREE)
  • Cardboard Box or Wood Scraps (FREE or Borrow)
  • Chamberlain Garage Door Opener ($188 to $275)
  • Impact Driver or Drill ($99-$129)
  • Drill Bit Set ($10-$20)
  • Oscillating Multi-Tool ($49 to $299)
  • Gloves ($10)
  • 2 Foot or 4 Foot Level ($15 to $60)
  • Rubber Mallet (FREE or Borrow or $9)
  • Pencil (FREE)

I only had to use two power tools in this tutorial, meaning the installation was pretty easy.

The first step is to remove the old garage door opener.

If I can do this by myself (my wife was wrapping Christmas presents, what can I say) then I know you can do it.

 

Remove a garage door opener (without swearing or getting hurt!)

Okay, maybe I used one curse word.

But that was later in the installation process and I sliced open my finger.  Maybe I should get a free pass?

Anyhow, grab a ladder and position it under your garage door opener.

Place a cardboard box or wood on the ladder so that the opener is fully supported.

Support garage door opener

Open up the opener and take a picture of all the wiring.

Take Picture of Wiring

This gives you a reference for the new opener’s wiring setup.

Take out the bulbs (broken glass stinks).

Then remove all the nuts and bolts holding the opener to the support brackets.

Oh, and unplug the opener, too!!

Slowly and carefully lower the opener to the ladder and then to the ground.

Lower opener to ground

Now you can remove the rail from the bracket that’s just above the door.

Typically the rail is held in place by a clevis pin and ring fastener.

Unscrew the ring fastener from the clevis pin and pull the pin while holding the rail.

You can lower the rail to the ground and carry the old opener to the garbage.

I will say this, keep some of the old parts (like clevis pins, ring fasteners, support brackets, etc.) because you might be able to reuse them.

Now it’s time to assemble the new Chamberlain garage door opener. I think you’ll find it to be easy, especially if you’re not shooting a video tutorial, haha.

 

Why I love Chamberlain garage door openers (and you will too)

Here’s the deal, I spent my own $188 for this Chamberlain opener.

And you can bet that if it didn’t work or was a pain, I’d tell you.

I decided to purchase a model that uses a steel-reinforced belt instead of a chain.

Primarily because belts are quieter than chains and they aren’t as messy.

In addition, the belts are a bit easier to maintain than chains.

These are things you might want to consider when buying a garage door opener.

Pull the Chamberlain opener from the box and set it on a towel.

Set opener on towel

Assemble the rail and make sure the front rail piece’s tab faces upward (I show you this in the video).

Assemble rail system

The tab prevents the trolley (which carries the door) from disengaging from the track.

If you have trouble assembling the rail, which is made of 5 pieces, you can tap them with a rubber mallet.

The next step is to rest the rail on the opener and a box at the opposite end. You can then attach the u-bracket to the rail

You know what, this is probably a lot easier to explain via the video 😀

Check it out for all the details and to see my 3-day old beard.

Right now I’m on day six and seeing a lot of gray hairs on my face… getting older kinda stinks!

Garage Door Opener Installation

 

What’s Next

I know the video is a bit long but it will definitely make your garage door opener installation go smoother.

Ask me any question in the comments if you get stuck.

Here’s the supply list with links to Amazon:

Thanks as always for reading, watching, and adding you awesome ideas to the mix.

We have the best DIY community on the world wide web.

Okay, I gotta eat some breakfast but see you in the comments.

Cheers,

Jeff Patterson

 

134 Comments
  1. Nancy Leszczynski says:

    Your endorsements mean a lot, and saves me a ton of research time. Funny how timely this tutorial is because my garage door is starting to get really cranky. I might just wait till spring (when it’s warmer) to replace it, I hope it can wait too!

    1. I don’t blame you for wanting to wait for the spring Nancy. It’s getting pretty cold hear in the Burgh and I’m happy I installed the opener last weekend when it wasn’t that bad. Although, the door doesn’t need to be open all that long. So you could do it almost any time of the year.

      Let me know if you need any help 😀

  2. Greg says:

    I hear great things about multitools. My next projects are attic insulation and another shelf for the basement.

    1. What kind of shelves are you making Greg?

  3. Mark J says:

    Awesome tutorial Jeff! I am going to be adding a “smart opener” to my older Craftsman opener so that I can use my smartphone to see if I left the door open after I’ve left, and also open or close it from my phone!

    1. Now that’s cool Mark. Isn’t technology sweet!!

      How does the Smart Opener work? What was the time involved with installing it?

      1. Mark J says:

        The smart opener comes with a sensor that attaches to your garage door, and communicates wirelessly with the control module, which is connected to your door control button. The control module can command the door open or closed, and communicates over wi-fi with your smartphone or by logging into the website. So now you don’t have to worry about if you left it open, or give out your garage code to friends- you can see if it’s up or down, and open or close it from wherever you are!
        Most reviews I’ve read said it takes 30 minutes to an hour to install. Piece of cake!
        Chamberlain makes a universal smart opener called the MyQ and it runs about $130.

        1. Thanks Mark for making me aware of the MyQ and how easy it is to install. I saw the MyQ on the box but was in such a hurry to install the door opener that I didn’t read about. I’ll have to save up some moolah for this functionality. Maybe when I get it I should make another video 😀

          Technology is so cool. Smartphones are going to be a central command post for homeowners in about 2-3 years. It’s crazy what you can do remotely

  4. Stan Bonis says:

    When my wonderful, endearing, beautiful wife partially backed through our oversized double garage door, I thought we could live with some crumple because it worked. Two months ago, sadly the door spring broke ( no one around when it happened, thank goodness. Took 6 weeks to get new garage door. Installers got it in quick but said that I needed new opener. Current opener seems to work fine BUT loud noises and remote Control 4 system put in. Your simple idea to take a photo of wiring was brilliant. Service people charge $195/hr to come out. So if Santa doesn’t bring new Chamberlin, I have my first DIY project of New Year. Great tutorial. Merry Christmas!

    1. This would be a great project to begin 2015 Stan. Man, $195 an hour is expensive. So it’s a good idea to try and DIY it if you can.

      Good thing your spring didn’t hurt anyone. Those puppies are under tremendous pressure. What horsepower opener do you have now?

  5. Christopher says:

    Great article – though would have been great a couple months ago when I replaced ours. I’d say one thing: per my research, it was recommended to get a 3/4 hp model for a double-wide door. Our old garage door opener was over 20 years old and a 1/2 hp, so perhaps it doesn’t matter that much – but our new one is a Chamberlain 3/4hp whisper and it’s amazing!

    1. Good suggestion Christopher on the 3/4 hp. Sorry I didn’t do this a few months ago, especially since that’s likely when my wife’s opener died!!

      I was thinking of getting a 3/4 hp opener but decided the 1/2 hp was good enough for our single door. But if it was a double then the 3/4 would be a no brainer based on your experience 😀

  6. Nick Conrad says:

    Hey Jeff,
    Great work. I have done the same and used a Chamberlain. All of you doing this should check the side rail supports. Mine were not securely fastened to the overhead and one side gave way and fell slowly to within a foot of the garage floor. As luck would have it. none of the glass was broken or the 20′ wide wooden door damaged ( just hanging there ). Needless to say I called a friend and we took the door down, section by section. I called my Auburn Door Systems guys and they came out, were astonished, and put it back up as it was not a job for rookies. I too have had the big spring over the door replaced a couple of times. Best to all. Nick

    1. Whew, good thing nobody was hurt Nick. Great suggestion to check the supports. It’s probably a good idea to check all the rail supports as well as support brackets.

      I’m glad your door wasn’t harmed. That could have been even worse than the rail breaking. Sounds like you have some good buddies 😀

  7. Jim says:

    One warning for the belt type opener. One needs to make sure that the opener’s belt tension is maintained. This is particularly a problem in areas subject to cold weather which causes the door to stiffen and increase the strain on the opener. If the belt’s tension is not correct the belt slips on the sprocket, gets out of sync with it’s open and close position, and chews up the belt and or sprocket.

    1. Thanks Jim for the tips about the belt. The one thing I liked about the Chamberlain is that it made making the tension level pretty easy. I’ll have to keep an eye on the tension though since Pittsburgh gets cold and the temp fluctuates a ton. I sure hope it holds up

  8. Robert says:

    Cool tool – I need one

    1. Multi-tools are pretty great Robert. What project are you working on?

  9. Galen Frick says:

    Your video for installing a garage door opener had perfect timing for me. My opener also went bad and I need to replace it. Thanks to your info I’ll be able to install a new one with more confidence.

    Thanks again,
    Galen Frick

    1. Awesome Galen!!! What kind of garage door opener are you looking into? I do like the Chamberlain Whisper Drive cause it’s quiet and as you saw pretty easy to install.

      Let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to lend a hand 😀

  10. Jaime says:

    Thank you so much for the random orbital sander! We have already used it and have lots of plans for it for in the future. Keep up the great tutorials!

    1. Thanks Jaime, you keep up the great work, too!! Can’t wait to see what’s next 😀

  11. Martin says:

    Found so many uses for my current multi tool that it has worn out (it was a less expensive brand, not cheap. It worked very well but I need to step up a level.) Would love to have the P C model.

    1. What brand did you have Martin? I had a Dremel that went belly up when I was removing bathroom grout. I was super bummed out 🙁

  12. Bev Jones says:

    Wish I had seen this a few years ago when my hubby & I replaced our garage door and opener. Somehow we got locked in the garage. We ended up having to take two of the panels off and crawl out.

    1. That’s sounds a bit scary, good thing you didn’t panic Bev. And you probably didn’t hurt the door.

      Some of the predicaments we get ourselves into, right?

  13. Mr Hank Wolgast says:

    Jeff,
    That was one awesome tutorial about the garage door opener, I only wish it had come sooner. I could have saved a ton of money. Any way I sure could put the multi tool to good use when I install my wood flooring after the holidays Thanks for all your help and for posting those awesome tutorials. You rock!

    1. Thanks Hank, what kind of wood flooring are you gonna install?

      A few years back my brother-in-law put down unfinished maple and it looks awesome. I don’t think he even stained it, of course he finished it with polyurethane.

      I’d love to add your project to the new Home Repair Tutor Fan Page that shows off fan projects, are you up for that?

  14. Liliana Wells says:

    When I think of the money we spent having our garage door and opener fixed when we moved in this house, I cringe. That was over two yeas ago. Live and learn, as they say. Kidding aside, we could use a Multi-Tool. Thanks

    1. No joke Liliana, it can get expensive. I do recommend hiring a good pro to install doors cause they’ll do it better than a DIYer and be done with it quicker. But the little fixes like an opener or replacing hinges or rollers is totally doable for anyone.

      What projects do you have on tap for 2015?

  15. Tim Wallace says:

    I just wish I had a garage to put a new opener in! Haha

    My favorite part of being a homeowner now has been doing all of the little projects to make life better around the house. I have a ton of projects coming up in the next few months that I’m sure I could put this to work. I need to remove old shelving and install new storage shelves in our laundry room, refinish the cabinets, put in new flooring, and paint the countertops in the kitchen, and I need to build some sort of cabinet or storage something in our downstairs bathroom to keep some extra towels and shampoo if I can find enough time.

    I look forward to your posts every week, so keep them coming! I’ve already fixed my tub and insulated my windows thanks to your posts, and I’ve bookmarked a few others for fun projects I’d like to do this summer when the weather is nice enough to be outside working! Thanks Jeff!

    1. Thanks Tim, many you have a full schedule for 2015!

      Which project are you gonna do first?

      Glad to hear your tub and windows are in good hands and working better?

      1. Tim Wallace says:

        Jeff,

        I’m going to be doing the laundry room storage first. I just got a nice circular saw for Christmas from my wife, so that should make that project a lot easier.

        The tub is now leak free and the basement windows are draft free now too. It should be making a lot of difference on my next power bill!

  16. dennis says:

    another great video tutorial jeff. I think you forgot to mention programming the remote, though. I can really use the multi tool. it’s about the only tool I don’t have now. keep up the good work.
    happy holidays,
    dennis

    1. Yah, the remote stuff I left out because the remote for Chamberlain’s works right away-no programming needed. It’s the wiring that can be a little tricky but that I left out too because it won’t be the same for everyone.

      These multi-tools are great for so many different reasons Dennis. I really think it’s in the Top 5 tools list for new homeowners. Such a godsend when you need to cut a variety of different materials.

  17. Terrie says:

    I am getting ready to take the closet out in my computer room. Instead of a closet it will be a desk niche. I spent time way too much time looking at multi tools instead of getting what I came for the last time I went to one of the “big boxes”. That little gadget sure could make the job easier.

    1. The desk niche idea sounds really cool Terrie. And you’ll save a ton of space by having it in the wall.

      How are you going to tackle this project? I’m just curious since I’ve never done one myself 😀

  18. Mary O. says:

    You have such fun giveaways! We converter our garage to an office. I laughed at Tim’s response above and then realized, hey, we don’t have a garage, either. I love Jamie and her project, just adorable. Thank you for your tutorials, always informative and fun.

    1. Well I try to make them fun and useful. Who doesn’t need extra tools? Haha.

      You know what’s ironic Mary is that I have a garage for my own car but there’s so much DIY stuff on my side I can’t park my car! I don’t feel bad for myself but do think it’s kinda funny that the reason for my car needing to be de-iced is my appetite for DIY.

      Oh well.

      Jaime’s projects are fun. I only showed one and she is having a lot of fun doing them. That’s what matters the most…having fun AND with somebody else by your side 😀

  19. Jim luczaj says:

    Chamberlain does have the best opener and support staff that I have found. When I had a problem they sent the part without putting me under a microscope and the issue was solved.

    1. That’s cool Jim. I hate it when companies make us feel bad for having questions or needing a part that probably costs about .25 cents.

      Recently, I had to call Delta for special wrench that was needed for one of their faucets. They kinda made me feel terrible for asking for this wrench even though it wasn’t my fault that the wrench was missing.

      I’m sorry to say that I like their products but had one bad experience that will make me think twice about buying their faucets (which I might add are way more expensive than the little wrench!!). Dumb and dumber on their part.

      Thanks for adding your great accolades about Chamberlain. Makes me feel better recommending their products.

  20. Jim B says:

    Great(and timely for me) and I plan to install a new opener as soon as the rain stops. Wonderful and helpful tips.
    Thanks,
    Jim B

    1. Woohoo!!

      Glad to help any time Jim. Let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to help (of course I won’t have all the answers but will try :D)

  21. LD says:

    I am awaiting the day when my openers die, now 13 and 2 single doors. Thanks for the recommendation. And the tool, can always use more better tools!!

    1. Hopefully they won’t die any time soon LD but if they go I do recommend Chamberlain openers. I agree with you, always need more tools 😀

  22. Edwelz says:

    Jeff:
    I think what you are doing here is most commendable and I appreciate all of the information, being a lifelong DIY myself.
    Thank you, Ed

    1. Thanks so much it. It’s a joy for me to make the videos and share my projects.

      Always feel free to send me pictures of your DIY projects, I’d love to share them on Home Repair Tutor.

  23. William Navarrett says:

    Do you have any tips for supporting a garage door during bad weather ?
    My door faces the north and the winds can be pretty strong .

    1. What issue does your door have William?

  24. Joanne says:

    I have a garage, but it hasn’t had a door since before I moved here. Living in a rural area we kind of have an “open door policy”. Being responsible now for all the repairs, and not being sure of how to do repairs and what tools to use, I find your tutorials inspiring and beneficial. A multi tool would be would be a great addition to my sparse tool arsenal.

    1. Well thank you Joanne and it’s my pleasure to help in any way.

      We seem to have an “open door policy” as well but mostly due to the kids.

      What kind of projects do you have coming up?

  25. Cathy says:

    I’m going to be adding a “smart opener” also. Mark J….I hope you’ll let Jeff know how it goes….so he can post a how to!!

    I can’t wait to get started using the new multitool that I’m gonna win!!….HAHAHAHA….

    1. I like your confidence Cathy 😀

  26. James Taylor says:

    This is a great video Jeff. I am a visual and hands on type person so seeing it done makes it that much easier. I like how you throw tips in there. Also the band aid makes a nice touch. It proves that even pro’s are human. LOL Thanks Jeff.

    1. That band aid was a nice touch after I sliced my finger open, ouch!!!

      Darn screwdrivers, haha.

      Thanks for your kind words 😀

  27. Mark says:

    I appreciate your instructions and videos. Your video would have been handy when I installed my Chamberlain 5 years ago.

    Have been researching multitools for my next project – bathroom renovation. The Porter-Cable would do the trick.

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Congrats Mark on your new project. There’s nothing better than bathroom remodels, well, unless someone else is doing it for you.

      What are you gonna tackle in the bathroom?

  28. Sue Chapman says:

    Love your tutorials Jeff! I made a power drill scrubber thanks to you! It works great! A multi tool is on my list. I have a lot of work for it to do – I need to finish up some trim work it would work great for; the grout in my bathroom need to be removed and replaced. I’m sure I’ll think of a million other things to do with it!

    1. That’s great Sue, glad you like the scrubber and got your grout clean 😀

      How much grout do you need to replace in your bathroom?

  29. Walt says:

    Jeff,

    Currently our opener is doing fine but when it eventually kicks the bucket and I have to replace it, I would most definitely agree with getting the Chamberlain. My parents had them installed in NJ and I love them. They are impressively quiet and smooth in operation.

    Happy Holidays,
    Walt

    1. Yah Walt, I agree. It’s impressive how quiet the opener works.

      Your parents are wise 😀

  30. Sandra LaBlanche' says:

    I learning to build & do things on my own, such as a base w rollers for my new heater! I def cd win & use the took matter of fact any tools!

    1. Keep up the great DIY Sandra. I’d love to see your base, that sounds cool 😀

  31. Elizabeth Madsen says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I don’t need it right now but I may someday. Love the tool and love DIY projects. It would be put to good use here. Thanks again.
    Elizabeth

    1. If you do need an opener Elizabeth this could be a good answer.

      What kind of projects are you working on right now?

  32. Donna says:

    Using that box to support the garage door opener – sheer genius! I need to work on ours and I’m totally stealing this idea!!

    1. Haha, I got lucky with the box Donna. It was sitting right there on the floor.

      Sometimes we get lucky as DIYers.

      Steal away 😀

  33. Lillace Christianson says:

    Oh, my goodness, Jeff! That multi-tool looks too cool! I’ve wanted a Dremel since they first came out, but this looks so much better. I went to the Porter Cable site and just swooned over this tool. So many needs around here! And by the way, Merry Christmas to you and your family! You have made our year better!

    1. Thanks Lillace, it is a nice tool for sure.

      What makes it even better are the great user reviews.

      Thank you for being an awesome fan 😀

  34. Kate Glover says:

    Thank you for this terrific tutorial. My DH (Darling Husband) has been babying our current opener along but I think it’s reaching the point of no return. I hate to leave early in the morning or late at night because I’m afraid of irritating the neighbors with the noise. 😉

    We have an old wooden double door so I’ll be looking for a 3/4 hp unit. The recommendation to get a Chamberlain is greatly appreciated as I value products with excellent reviews.

    My DH hates cold weather so I suspect replacement of the opener will have to wait for spring. Hopefully, the old one will hang on a bit longer.

    Thanks, Jeff…

    Kate

    1. If your opener is to the point of no return then you need a Chamberlain Kate.

      I bet you could install it on a Saturday and have it working in about 3-5 hours. The belt drive is super quiet and smooth, so no worries in the early morning.

      The best part is that you can install the opener with the door mostly in the down position. So if you pick a warmish day you can accomplish the install with very little cold air infiltration.

  35. Margie S says:

    My garage door opener is ‘dead as a door nail’ (as my dad used to say) although I really don’t know what a ‘door nail’ is. I have the old analog variety of door opener and they don’t even make parts for it anymore, so your helpful video came at the perfect time. My daughter said she’ll come over and help me tackle this project. I would love to win that Porter Cable Multi-Tool …I have lots of repair/replace projects that need attention and it would really come in handy. Thanks for all the wonderful videos (I need all the help I can get)!

    1. Sorry to hear about your door opener Margie. You and your daughter could get this project done in a few hours. Check out the Chamberlains and see which one will fit your door. I think you’ll like the belt drives, nice and quiet 😀

      It’s my pleasure to make the videos, especially if they help you with your own to-do lists

  36. Betty Tarver says:

    My son is a spectacular handy man (and yes I am prejudiced since he is my son!) but I would love to win this for him. He and his family are restoring a home built in 1925 so needless to say….projects abound! Thank you for your site. I just finished making the power scrub 3000, well actually 6 of them as Christmas gifts! …one of your many helpful hints.

    1. 1925…their house must be really cool, not to mention all the custom moldings and hardwood. So much character in those homes Betty.

      Those scrubbers do make great stocking stuffers 😀

  37. Randy says:

    Hi Jeff,
    I would like to add a comment addressing door security. The door disconnect rope needs to be secured to prevent someone from fishing a heavy wire between the door and frame and snagging the rope. A quick yank on the wire and your door can easily be opened.from outside. The lever that the rope attaches to should be secured to its carrier in the closed position (a zip-tie works great) to prevent it from being activated. A couple of holes can be drilled into the carrier if necessary for the tie. If the disconnect needs to be used from the inside, pulling straight down may break the tie or a pair of wire cutters will easily remove the tie.

    1. Thanks Randy for the great tip. Doors are a security risk for all of us. I like your idea and think we should all consider employing it 😀

  38. Carol says:

    The bearded snowman is definately a Pennysylvania snowman. I never saw so many righteous beards ’til I moved here. Love the tips and how-tos. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

    1. LOL, the beards are common here in the Burgh. But it gets cold, and it’s always playoff season for one the teams 😀

      Glad you like the tips Carol

  39. Krystyna says:

    Jeff, Thanks for this nicely detailed overview on garage door installation. At present, my doors are behaving (and I am avoiding any eye contact!) but certainly will keep this in my DIY archives. I will be returning to the Burgh on Tuesday (where I was born and raised) coming from N. Virginia. Do you ever host live events in the Burgh? I told my siblings about your tutorials so I will be getting them signed up over the holidays!

    1. That’s awesome Krystyna!! Glad to know your a Pittsburgher at heart.

      I haven’t hosted a live event but think that would a cool idea.

      Next time your back in town we should coordinate something. That would be really cool.

  40. Bob says:

    I enjoyed your step-by-step installation video and believe it to be applicable to other makes and models – read and follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer! It was good to see the off center mounting of your garage door opener as that may be information someone else can use.

    1. I wish I didn’t need to mount the opener off center but alas that’s the issue with having venting in the garage. Over time the off center orientation, this is just my opinion, will cause stress on the other parts of the door. Thanks Bob for your nice comment 😀

  41. Pat says:

    Thanks Jeff. I’m new to DIY home works as I’m a new home owner and installing a garage door opened is one of my top priorities. Your videos are great: easy yo follow and so informative. (I’ve been a home owner for a month and already referred to a few of your previous videos). Thanks!

    1. Thanks Pat for the referrals 😀

      Congrats on your new home, that’s awesome. Keep me posted on any of your projects. I’d be happy to help.

  42. Mary Taylor says:

    This is perfect timing!! I am in need of a new garage door opener!! The current one is the original opener that came with the house 17 years ago and I cannot get the darn thing to close. There is always something in the eye preventing it from closing.. This drives me nuts so THANK YOU for your post today! I will be utilizing it next week when I’m off work to install a new one.

    I’m also excited about the opportunity to win something nice… thanks again Jeff!

    Mary

    1. Glad to help any time Mary. Sorry to hear about your opener. At least you’ll have one reference video.

      You can always email me with questions. I’d be happy to help.

  43. Robin Begrow says:

    I am so thankful I get these DIY emails from you Jeff! I am a single lady and just purchased my own home less than 6 months ago. My dad taught me to do things myself to save money. My garage needs a garage opener and I would love the opportunity to install it myself. 🙂 Thank you so much for the tips on how to install a garage opener and for a chance to win a Porter Cable Multi-Tool!
    Have a wonderful Holiday!
    God Bless,
    Robin

    1. Congrats Robin on your new home.

      You have to be so excited. Of course, there are a lot of projects with any home but that’s what makes home ownership so fun.

      You’ll certainly save a lot of money DIYing. So keep up the great work.

  44. Ingrid says:

    Great tutorial. The tool is so versatile and have needed one for quite some time. Thanks for all your help and great advise.

    1. My pleasure Ingrid. Glad you liked the video 😀

  45. Sharon says:

    Wish I owned a house that had a garage that I could use a garage door opener! Actually, I’ll take owning a house without a garage for starters. Being a renter, I don’t have this issue, but I can surely use the multi-tool for many other projects I enjoy doing. I have no doubt that many have learned from this tutorial. I appreciate and enjoy all your emails/tutorials and always look forward to learning something new! Merry Christmas (Happy Holidays), and Happy New Year to you and yours, Jeff!

    1. Thanks Sharon for your kind words. Hope you have a great holiday, too.

      Multi-tools do come in handy for all sorts of projects. It’s becoming a staple for any DIYer’s tool box.

  46. Helen says:

    Great site. Husband just finished my pantry. I design (dream it) he builds it. What a guy!

    1. Thanks Helen. You gotta be a dreamer to get stuff done

  47. NancyP. says:

    Our next projects are a kitchen update, new deck and side porch and stairs. That’ll keep us busy for a long time! The Multi-Tool will be a big help in all the projects. Thanks!

    1. Whew!! You have a lot of projects setup for 2015.

      Which one will you be doing first Nancy?

  48. Dennis says:

    Thank you for the fantastic garage door opener video. Do not forget to change the code on the opener if you program your car to the opener, someone can open your garage with your car if you trade it in or sell it. Thanks Jeff for all the information.

    1. Wow, I never thought of that Dennis. Thanks so much for the great tip 😀

  49. Basil Pederzani says:

    Jeff, I’ve only been a subscriber for a little over a month but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen so far. It’s nice to see videos that are real, as opposed to the scripted ones where everything in square, plumb and easy to do. These vids are what the job actually will be like for the home fix it types. Liked your last project on the garage door opener, so I saved it in my archives ’cause my openers are 21 years old and I’m sure I’ll need the help sooner than later. Keep up the good work for us weekend “pro’s”. Thanks!!

    1. You just gave me a huge smile Basil cause I can assure you my videos are scripted.
      They are edited of course, so you don’t see me cutting my finger or cursing but I figure nobody wants to see that, haha.

      Thanks for saving the video and archiving it. If you have any questions I’d be happy to help 😀

  50. James Ross says:

    Great web site. The post on removing silicone caulk was helpful me. Thanks.

    1. Thanks so much James. Yah, that video is pretty simple but does the job for many a caulk job. Glad you liked it.

  51. Susan Peterson says:

    Keep in mind if you live in South Florida that a hurricane resistant door may lower your insurance rates but you need a stronger door opener to lift it.

    1. Great tip Susan. Anything that lowers the insurance rate is a good thing.

  52. Laura says:

    Hi Jeff! Unfortunately I don’t have a garage, just a plastic Rubbermaid shed. I plan to build a nice wooden shed in the Spring to replace it, however. My current project is removing and replacing some strange brown stuff that I think is insulation in my 1951 house. I pulled off the vinyl siding and this brown, fibrous stuff is nailed to the studs. It looks like compacted chewing tobacco, like in those little round tins of Copenhagen that my grandfather had. It’s very dense and difficult to remove. I’m using a utility knife, but I’m thinking that a multi-tool would slice through it so much faster. I’m replacing it with new insulation and sheathing. Thanks for the chance to win the P-C! Happy holidays to you and all our fellow DIYers. I hope Santa brings everyone tools, tools, tools!!!

    1. I know Copenhagen well Laura. My grandfather chewed it for years. Kinda yucky stuff though.

      I’m not sure what insulation you’re dealing but wear a respirator to protect your lungs from it. Always stay safe.

      Hope you had a great holiday too 😀

  53. Mary Cruise says:

    Just found your awesome site last week Jeff! Didn’t know what I was missing! Thanks for sharing your do it yourself expertise…Yes I’m a lady tool lover and I don’t have the Multi-tool…..but I sure could use it on some projects! Love your site and tutuorials Jeff, keep them coming!

    1. Thanks so much Mary and I’ll keep the tutorials coming in 2015. Plus, I’ve got several other cool things in store for our community. So stay posted.

  54. Dory Corbett says:

    I love all of your tips and your sense of humor really makes the whole DIY stuff much easier! Thank you so much!

    1. Glad to make you laugh Dory, you gotta keep this DIY stuff light as possible. Otherwise it can get a little tedious, haha.

      It’s my pleasure to help 😀

  55. MB says:

    I am the garage door opener in my house but great instructional video. Admittedly, your contest caught my attention. I had a major leak in the upstairs bathroom. It was behind the cold water shower faucet – leaked down the wall onto the floor. Had to get a plumber in and a tile man to patch up the shower area. I am fixing the floor tile. I can’t afford a multi-tool. I was able to purchase a Hyde grout removal tool for $20 bucks on Amazon – but it is slow work. I am regrouting the entire floor so the new patch doesn’t stand out. The tile is unfortunately very small. Thanks for your kind attention and a chance to win. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    1. Oh boy MB, that’s not a fun project to do by hand. Sorry to hear about your leak, too.

      That kind of project can really sour any holiday. And doing the entire floor will take a LONG time.

      A multi-tool would certainly help

  56. Hazel says:

    Super helpful guide. Thank you.

    1. Glad to help any time Hazel

  57. Jan Elizabeth says:

    Hi Jeff,
    I would love a chance to win the multi-tool. Right now we are redoing our office, putting panels in below the foundation wall like wainscoting, and making some furniture using industrial piping. The multi-tool would come in super handy! Thanks for your excellent work, and merry Christmas!
    Jan Elizabeth

    1. Thanks Jan. I’d love to see your wainscoting and industrial piping furniture. That sounds way cool.

      Keep me posted on your progress cause I’d love to so some projects with piping this year 😀

  58. Diana says:

    Hi Jeff,
    I would love to win the tool. We moved to our first house and now we realize how many more expenses a house is. Needless to say if you need to hire somebody to do the work, just because you don’t have the right tools. My father is a handyman and I was always by his side whenever he was repairing something at home. So, I have an idea of how to fix things but no tools yet. That is an investment I can’t see on our budget just yet.
    Love your tutorials! I found them when I needed to change the back handle of my Toyota Sienna. Your tutorial was the best. Changing the handle was so easy and fast. Thanks to you!

    1. Congrats Diana on your new home. Super exciting stuff.

      Yah, without the right tools any project will take a lot longer.

      And I’m happy to hear about your Sienna getting fixed. There’s nothing worse than a nonfunctioning door handle, argghh.

  59. Lily de Grey says:

    Hey, Jeff! I think it’s awesome that you do so many do-it-yourself projects. My garage door started to develop some problems a few weeks ago, and, now, it won’t even open. I’m not as handy as you are, so I’ll probably just hire a garage door repairman.

    Lily de Grey |

  60. Jake White says:

    We are installing a new garage door, since we didn’t really like the way the old one looked anymore. These blog was very helpful, and the pictures make it easy to follow what you are doing. Thanks for sharing this, and we hope that we can make this project a success!

  61. That’s really cute: “Remove a garage door opener (without swearing or getting hurt!)” Such things are difficult to avoid when doing installation work. Thanks for sharing, it was a really good repair article.

  62. Eric says:

    I accidentally popped the spring before installation. Does that matter? The door seems to be working fine but the belt has a lot of slack in it while the door is traveling. How do I correct this? When the door is either all the way up or down the belt is tight.

    1. Which spring popped Eric, the extension spring or the spring within the garage door opener?

      1. Eric says:

        It was the extension spring that rides along side the trolley. If I tighten it down too much the belt gets to tight in the up and down positions but takes the slack out of the belt during travel. Seems like I cannot find a happy medium.

        1. Hmmm, odd. You might want to call Chamberlain and get some tips.

          That spring was a pain to install, pretty much the only part of the project that was difficult.

  63. Gerry Pasternack says:

    Ready to replace my old Lift-Master (screw drive) garage door opener with new Chamberlain belt drive unit. Happy to come across your excellent video, especially since my replacement seems exactly like yours.

    Couple of questions: I see that you re-used the mounting brackets for the motor unit. Why did you need to move the position of the header mounting at the door? If the placement worked for the old unit shouldn’t it work for the new one?

    Also, did your old Safety Sensors (green alignment- LEDs on each unit) work OK with your new opener? I notice that Chamberlain changed the the design (green + amber indicators on newer model)

    Would appreciate a quick answer since I’ll be replacing my opener this weekend.
    Thanks

    1. Thanks Gerry for your questions, yah I kept the old sensors and they do work. But you’ll have to test them to make sure that happens for you.

      The bracket…I can’t remember what I moved it at the door. It had to be due to the some reason. But if you can keep it go for it.

      You’ll have to replace the wall switches, I tried to keep them but they didn’t work with the new unit. Let me know if you have any questions.

  64. Richard Gray says:

    Just finishing up with the installation replacing my old unit with the Chamberlain 1/2 belt drive unit. The presentation was very helpful and lucky for me I replaced the same unit as was shown in the demo. The only thing I had to do was to re drill my header bracket using different hole locations so that the frame work aligned up better with the actual unit. Not a big deal. This was very helpful to me. I am going to stay in touch with other U tube projects on this site. Thank you very much!

  65. Jeff, this is a really good tutorial on how to install a garage door. However, I am not sure if I would have the time or patience to do an installation that takes four hours. Even though that isn’t a long time I think I wouldn’t have the willpower to finish. It seems like it might be best for someone like me to hire a professional to do the installation.

    1. It might be worth it for you Emily, figured I’d do the tutorial for someone who wants to DIY it 🙂

  66. Kyler Brown says:

    I can relate to you a little bit because my wife has also been nagging me to get our garage door fixed. I didn’t even know what type of opener to get to replace the one that’s currently in there, so I’ll trust your research on the Chamberlain brand. This has helped a lot so I appreciate you sharing this post!

  67. Well done video. Will being doing install later this week.

  68. Debbie says:

    Jeff, your tutorial is very good helpful. My husband could not get the belt the engage following the manual. He was able to fix it after watching your video. He also commented how precise and right to the point your video is. We really appreciate your sharing!

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