You've decided to install a new garage door yourself, but you can’t decide on what type of system you want. Do you go with a conventional manual door, or an automatic system? Does a project such as this require more do-it-yourself skills than you can muster? Take our quiz to determine whether you have what it takes to install your own garage door system.
Installing a garage door is an advanced task, which should only be attempted by people with plenty of experience. If you're not totally confident in your do-it-yourself skills, hire a professional.
If you have a particularly heavy door, such as one made of solid wood, you might not have any choice but to install an automatic system.
A manual garage door has to be opened by hand, which is not possible when dealing with a 1,000 pound garage door made of solid wood.
The main problem with an electric garage door system is that, if the power goes out, you have nothing more than a manual system attached to a 1,000-pound door.
A simple torsion spring system, like those found on mouse traps, is the basis of a manual garage door. The pressure that the spring applies against the door assists you when you open the door, and prevents the door from slamming into the ground when you close the door.
If a thief manages to find out the frequency setting of your electric garage door, you might not find your car there when you get ready to leave for work in the morning. A manual door, on the other hand, can be locked.
There are frequency detectors on the market that can determine the exact frequency to which a garage door opener needs to be set to open a particular door. With this information your car is just the press of a button away from being stolen.
Electronics stores sell simple frequency detectors for as little as $50.
One of the great things about automatic garage doors is that they can be programmed to detect when something is in the path of the door. No one wants a 1,000 pound door crashing into their brand new car!
The infra-red systems that recognize interfering objects are the same as those that open doors at the local grocery store.