Garage doors are practical and convenient, but they often leave a dull blank element in your home’s façade. An easy solution is installing decorative garage door hardware, something readily available at your local hardware store. Installing garage door hardware such as hinges and handles is an inexpensive project suitable for DIYers of all skill levels.
Here’s what you’ll need to take on this quick task.
TOOLS & MATERIALS
- Decorative Hinges
- Decorative Handles
When taking on this DIY task, be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear.
Position hinges. Position your hinges anywhere on your garage door except over the horizontal joints that open when the door rolls up. They should also be clear of any weatherstripping on the sides of the door. Put the hinge in place and mark your first hole.
Install hinges. Check manufacturer instructions for the recommended bit to use. Then, predrill your holes. Unless your garage door is made of wood, the surface material will be thin. Stop drilling as soon as you feel the bit pierce through. Attach the first side of your hinge, then use a level to ensure it’s properly aligned. Mark your second hole, predrill, and attach the other side. Secure the hinges with a screwdriver. Be careful not to overtighten, as screw threads can easily break through the door’s thin surface. Install all your hinges in this same manner.
Lay out handle. Hold your new handle in place, and lightly mark the top and bottom holes. Remove it, then use a small level to draw a vertical line from your top mark. Put the handle back in position, and re-mark the second hole so it falls along your level line.
Install handles. Predrill according to your marks. Line your handle along the holes and screw into place. Repeat this process for your other handle. Your installation is complete. Step back and admire your new garage hardware.