How To Remove Your Garage Door

by Diane Barnes

Removing a garage door is necessary for a variety of reasons. It might need some major repairs, you may be in the market for a brand new garage door, or you may be converting your garage into living space and need to make room for the renovations. No matter what the reason, removing a garage door is something you can handle on your own. It requires some basic skills and intermediate level knowledge of construction. Here are some tips for removing your garage door. It is also a good idea to have at least one other person to help you remove the door.

Gather Your Supplies

Before you begin, you will need some basic supplies. Most of these tools you probably already have on hand, but you may need to pick them up if you have not done a lot of DIY projects at home. Gather the following supplies:

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Socket wrench set
  • Screw driver
  • 2 clamps
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Pry bar
  • Step stool

Find Out What Springs You Have

The next thing to do is find out what kind of springs your garage door has. This is important because some types of garage door springs require a professional to release the tension of the springs. Your garage door either has torsion springs or extension springs. If it has extension springs, you can release them yourself. However, torsion springs require a professional to release them in order for you to remove the garage door.

Torsion springs are attached above the closed door at the header, while extension springs will be on top of the door's upper tracks, with springs on both sides.

Disconnect Your Garage Door

If you are removing an electric garage door, the power must first be disconnected. Pull the battery out of your garage door opener to be sure it is not accidentally pushed while you are working. Next, unplug your electric garage door and disconnect the wires that run to the switch for the door. Disconnect the support arm on your garage door by pulling on the release cord. Have one person hold the garage door so it doesn't fall, while you use a wrench to unscrew the bolts that secure the door to the wall. This will remove the power unit from the wall.

Disassemble the Extension Springs

If you have extension springs on your garage door, now is the time to disassemble them. Gently raise the garage door and attach your clamps on the tracks so the door doesn't get away from you. Use your pliers to lift the cables from the brackets and either side of the door, and disassemble both the pulley elements and the springs.

Remove the Door

When you get to the point where you are removing the door, you should have one or two people helping you to avoid injury. Have one or two people holding onto the door while you remove the clamps. You can prevent injury to your hands by placing a brick or piece of wood underneath where the door is lifted. Lower the door gently and unscrew the brackets at the roller hinges on both sides of the garage door.

Use your hammer and pry bar to remove the jambs on the door and lift out the door. You should now only have the wall framing and curb for a new garage door. For professional advice or assistance, check out this website.