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angle ironsWe are a North Las Vegas handyman service helping homeowners every day. The other day, a homeowner called for help with his garage door installation. He was attempting to install a new opener and was having trouble aligning everything on his ceiling.

When you buy a new garage door opener at a home center, the kit comes with metal straps to hang the unit from the ceiling with. I have used these straps before and they will work, however there is a lot of guesswork with them. By that , I mean you have to bend the straps to fit the installation. You have to find the joists (which you would with any method), use lag bolts to secure the straps to the ceiling, and then bend the straps to meet the motor unit. Like I said, this works but I prefer angle iron.

Angle iron is stiff and stout, and you can cut it to any length you need. I find the joists in the ceiling and install a length of it so span the joists above the opener. Then it is a matter of cutting 2 short lengths of angle iron to hold the opener to the ceiling. This method doesn’t flinch either. With the straps, the torque of the motor turning can make the opener move as the straps flex. No so with angle iron. It doesn’t budge.


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