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How to Install a Carriage-Style Garage Door Opener

Adding a garage door opener to your custom garage is the final step. Learn how to install an opener with these easy directions.

More in Remodeling

opener should be centered above door bracket
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Mount the Top Bracket

Mount the top bracket right above the door. Attach the opener to the bracket and tighten it into place (Image 1).

Make sure the opener is centered directly above the door bracket.

Cut the angle iron to make a bracket support for the back of the opener (Image 2).

Step 2: Attach the Garage Door

Attach the garage door to the opener with the operator arm, adjusting it to the right angle.

mount top bracket right above door

Step 3: Install the Photo Eyes

Connect the wires of the photo eyes together and hook them to the main unit.

Test the photos' eyes by blocking them with a piece of wood. The door should immediately stop and then reverse.

install photo eyes on sides of door frame