If you are in the market for a new garage door opener, you have probably considered installing it yourself. While do-it-yourself veterans may not think twice before tackling an installation, it is most likely the first time you have attempted something like this. Here are five hints to help save time and make your garage door opener installation go smoother.

Read All the Instructions
Take the time to read and internalize the instructions before you start assembling anything. Reading the instructions thoroughly may seem like a waste of time, but doing so can save you trouble in the end.

For example, if you have a new construction home or have never had a door opener before, you will need to purchase and install a header and supports. If you were unaware of this, you would be surprised when you came upon that step in the instructions. Read those instructions!

Use the Proper Tools
Garage door openers generally do not include any tools, so having the proper tools will speed up your install considerably. Don't try to "make do" with whatever tools you have on hand. This machine should last for years, but not installing to the supports properly or jerry-rigging any connections leaves you liable and open for safety hazards and insurance claim denial.

This doesn't mean you need to go buy a full set of tools just to install your garage door opener; be frugal and borrow what you can. Borrowing (and returning) tools is a great way to meet a neighbor and by properly installing your opener, you have the peace of mind that you can use it without holding your breath.

Get Help
No matter how handy you are, you just can't complete some jobs quickly by yourself. Openers are long, awkward machines and having a second pair of hands available, even if they just steady the ladder, can be invaluable. There is no shame in having someone assist you with this assembly, and your man-card won't be taken away either. So call up a sibling, a neighbor or that one guy who seems to be able to fix anything and ask if you can borrow them for a couple hours.

Watch an Installation Video
If the illustrations in the instruction manuals aren't working for you, there is a wealth of user-made videos on video sites, such as YouTube or Vimeo, that show basics of garage door installation. Many garage opener manufacturers have made official installation videos as well. When in doubt, take a trip around the internet to find an instructional video.

Be Patient
This is possibly the hardest hint to follow, but having patience while you assemble, install and test your opener will save you the headache of redoing steps and losing parts. If you are impatient with the installation process and with yourself for not being Bob Villa, you run the risk of skipping an important step. Being patient helps you be safe and allows you to see any potential mistakes or hazards that may occur.

As always, safety comes first, so when you are installing your garage door opener, be sure to have enough space and the right safety apparel and equipment so you don't get hurt. Installing a garage door opener can be a fun adventure if you take your time, follow the instructions and use our helpful hints. Good luck!

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