Before Installing:  Measure the location of your hardware before ordering.  Most Overhead Garage Door Manufacturers raised panels stamping- (area “B” ABOVE) or the space between the square panels’ vary per models & door size including door width.  A single-car door (8’-12’ wide) can have wider spacing than double-car doors-(14’-20’ wide). Therefore, check both the hinge and handle locations before drilling.  Many customers have used one handle on doors with limited spacing between the panels.  Opened package and/or installed products including handles are non-returnable.  Verify that your decorative hardware products will fit properly on your door and not cause any interference with the doors safe operation.   

All hardware items sold by Garage Door Hardware Direct are for decorative use only and not for use as a method to open, secure, lock or access any door, window or gate.

Please make sure your hardware is not located over any door section joints (where the door panels/sections come together) or interferes with the doors operation and/or weather-strip on the side/ top of the door.  Before installing, move the hardware to a new location if it does cause any of the previously listed to occur or contact your local garage door professional. Examples of hardware locations are found on our website or by consulting your garage door manufacturer.  Each manufacturer may have unique locations/ requirements for hardware installation.

Tip to find hardware location: Take painters tape-blue or green color, measure and cut into the length of your hardware. Apply them to your desired locations, step back 15-20 yards. If you like the location, proceed to install hardware. If not, move around. You can find hardware example on our website listed above.



To install Decorative Hinges:

1. Verify that your GDHD products will fit properly on your garage door.   You can tape MOST stamped steel hardware to your door to see if the location looks good for you.  Make sure you never apply hardware across panels or door sections.

2. Your garage door must be completely closed while installing our products to ensure proper alignment.

3. Position the hinges (Area “A”) in the center of the horizontal surface of the garage door panel as shown above. Use your level to ensure that the mounting holes line up properly. Also, be sure that the edge of the hinge does not interfere with the weather-stripping at the edge of the garage door opening.   

4. Drill 1/16-inch pilot holes into the door panel using the mounting holes in the hinge as a guide. DO NOT OVERDRILL. ONLY BREAK THE DOOR SURFACE OR YOUR SCREWS WILL NOT HOLD.

5. Fasten the hinges with stainless-steel screws provided with your hardware. Repeat this process for all other hinges.   IF you want to add additional holding power, add a small amount of exterior adhesive on the backside of the hinge.  Make sure your adhesive is made for exterior use and for the materials of your door-steel to steel, wood to steel, fiberglass to steel.  Loctite brand exterior adhesive works best.



To install Decorative Handles:

6. First, measure the center vertical panel (Area “B”) of your garage door to see if two handles will fit side-by-side. (All kits come with two handles or door rings/knockers.) If this surface is wide enough for the hardware pair you selected, you can position the pair carefully within that section. If not, center a single handle or ring on the vertical surface as shown above.   Refer to the backside door drawing for assistance.

7. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes into the door panel using the mounting holes in the handles as a guide.  DO NOT OVERDRILL, ONLY BREAK THE DOOR SURFACE OR YOUR SCREWS WILL NOT HOLD.

8. Fasten the handles or rings/knockers with the stainless-steel screws provided with your hardware kit. Repeat this process for the second handle.   IF you want to add additional holding power, add a small amount of exterior adhesive on the backside of the handles.  Make sure your adhesive is made for exterior use and for the materials of your door-steel to steel, wood to steel, fiberglass to steel. Loctite brand exterior adhesive works best.

Tools required for installation:

• Electric/Cordless Drill with 1/16” drill bit for drilling pilot holes for hardware.

• Phillips Screwdriver for hand tightening hardware.  (Using a drill can overtighten the hardware resulting in screw failure).

• Tape Measure and step stool or ladder.

• Blue Painters tape for holding hardware or locating hardware locations. 

• Level, marking tools-pencil, a washable marker for leveling and identifying screw-hole locations.

Exterior adhesive: Optional on solid wood doors, but recommended especially for steel doors, sheds or gates. Loctite brand exterior adhesive is best The screws are designed to hold hardware, however, the adhesive will protect hardware from with kids bikes, basketballs and people who accidentally try to use the decorative handles.  ALL IRON OR RUSTIC HINGES OVER 12" IN LENGTH BEING INSTALLED ON STEEL DOORS SHOULD HAVE ADHESIVE ADDED DESIGNED FOR YOUR DOOR AND GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION.  DUE TO SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS, WE CANNOT SHIP ADHESIVE.


Buyer assumes all liability for product use and installations. Upon purchase & payment of all items sold on by GDHD, INC. by the customer or agent, the customer agrees to and assumes all the responsibilities listed below & under terms and conditions found on our websites for installation any/all injuries or damages as of result of and future use of. Never loosen, adjust or modify any cables, garage door springs or bottom fixtures, hinges or brackets as they are under tension and serious injury or death can occur. If you're inexperienced with garage door installation, use of power tools and/or unsure of hardware location on your door, please consult your local professional garage door installation company or for a professional dealer near you. 3. Never attempt to make repairs, modify or replace any moving parts without professional garage door installation experience.  This applies to all states and countries where the product is shipped, purchased and/or installed.  



Installing LIS, Lion Head and Custom Knockers

(Due to product weight, the Iron Series Hardware should NOT be taped).

(See diagram areas “B” for the handle or door ring locations. Rings are typically located in area “B” or the door section/panel directly above it.)


  1. Mark location on your door for the door ring only at this time. Typically, door rings are located on one of the second or third door section above the bottom section or bottom panel of the door.  (LIS Knockers Only) Use the upper “C” shape bracket to mark the hole location.  This bracket is used to hold the larger circle.  Use a 1/16” drill bit –always use a smaller bit than the screws supplied to drill pilot holes for the ring only breaking the surface of the door.  DO NOT OVER-DRILL or widen the hole.  


  1. You can apply some *Exterior adhesive into the holes and the backside of the hardware at this time to help hole the screws especially given the weight of the Iron Series hardware to assure proper holding of hardware.  Any adhesive used should be for the door you have-steel, wood or fiberglass and exterior grade.  Be careful not to apply too much adhesive. All drying per manufacturers specifications on adhesive.  


  1. LIS KNOCKER INSTALL ONLY: Place the c-shaped bracket over the large ring and hold it over the holes you just drilled.  Always use a hand held screwdriver tighten the screws.  Using a power drill may cause you to over tighten the screws causing them not to hold and spin.  You can also over powder the drill causing the bit to slip and damage the face of your hardware.


  1. DOOR STOP INSTALLS:-both models-Lionhead and LIS Door Rings/Knockers have a small doorstop. If you want the stop-(circle bracket with the hole in the center) under the ring of your knocker-this will prevent the ring from leaving marks on your door, center the ring in the down position and slide the stop so it is centered in the desired location.  Mark the screw holes with a pencil and predrill hole of the stop.  Use a pencil to mark the outer location of the stop as you cannot mark the screw hole as the ring will be in the way.   Follow the same drill instructions above and add adhesive after drilling.  If you want the “stop” bracket below, measure down 1” below the ring and follow the instructions.  Doing this may allow the ring to leave marks on your door face or remove paint on steel doors.  Never use any electric drills to tighten the screws.