A garage door that is not level or plumb can cause problems when opening and closing, as well as wear and tear on the door and opener. Fortunately, leveling a garage door is a relatively simple process that can be done with just a few basic tools.
In this article, we will walk you through the steps of leveling your garage door, from gathering the necessary tools and materials to adjusting the door to the proper level and plumb.
Tools and Materials Needed
- Adjustable wrench or pliers
- Adjustment screws or cables
- Ladder (if necessary)
- Begin by disconnecting the power to your garage door opener, if you have one. This can usually be done by unplugging it from the wall or disconnecting the power source from the opener itself.
- Next, use your adjustable wrench or pliers to loosen the adjustment screws or cables on the bottom of the garage door. These are typically located on the back of the door or on the sides.
- Use your level to check the horizontal level of the door. Place the level on the top of the door and see if the bubble is centered between the two lines on the level. If the door is not level, adjust the screws or cables on the side that is low, by turning them clockwise to raise that side of the door or counterclockwise to lower it.
- Once the door is level, use your level to check the vertical plumb of the door. Place the level on the side of the door and check for a centered bubble. If the door is not plumb, adjust the screws or cables on the side that is out of plumb, by turning them clockwise to move that side of the door in or counterclockwise to move it out.
- Repeat the process of checking and adjusting the level and plumb of the door until the door is properly aligned.
- Finally, use your adjustable wrench or pliers to tighten the adjustment screws or cables to hold the door in place.
By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your garage door is properly aligned and functioning smoothly. Remember to check the level and plumb of your garage door periodically, as changes in the foundation or weather can cause the door to become out of alignment.