Garages are one of the most important parts of our lives. For many of us garages function as more than just a safe place to store our cars. In the long run many people choose to renovate the garage to turn into extra living space. Converting a garage into living space takes a lot of effort and if you are thinking of doing so then you should be ready to put down a lot of hard work. Being one of the best providers of garage door maintenance in Santa Ana, we understand what it takes to do this project.
One of the first things that need to be done when you are converting your garage into living space is to remove the garage door and fill up the open space. To fill up the open space you can use a patio door to you can consider framing a new wall with a window in it, but it will take a lot of hard work.
To get started with the garage door removal project you first need to sort out the tools you need and make sure you have all of them and if not get those. Below is a list of the things you will need for the project.
• Pry bar
• 2 clamps
• Socket wrench set
• Adjustable wrench
Most garages have four or five sections that are joined by hinges and the door move on rollers inside of the tracks that run up the side of the door. Garage doors are heavy and taking on this project alone is not a wise thing to do. Make sure that you at least have one helper when you are taking on this project of removing the garage door. The best things to do is to have more than one helper.
Garage doors work by using springs to lift and close the garage door. There are two types of garage door springs and every garage door has either one of these. Extension springs are generally located above the upper tracks on both sides and torsion springs are usually attached to the header directly above the closed door. An extension spring can be removed by you very easily. However, if you have torsion springs then it is suggested that you call a professional to get the springs removed. If you have an electric garage door opener, unplug it and disconnect all the wires. Pull the release cord and then disconnect the support arm from the garage door. Then the next task is to remove the bolts securing the trolley to the wall. Make sure a helper is holding the trolley. Remove all the bolts holding the power unit on the ceiling and proceed to remove all the hard ware and then the opener.
The next step in the process is disassembling the springs. Get a helper to raise the door and attach clamps to the tracks so that the door doesn’t roll down when the springs are removed. Tape the springs to the track and use pliers to loosen and remove the cables. Then move on to the spring and pulley assemblies and disassemble them. Finish the job by removing the clamps.