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Hardware Planning & Installing Tips

GDHD/Re-Source INSTALL TIPS:

If you are not comfortable using basic hand tools, please hire a professional garage door company or installer at www.doors.org or look at our magnetic hardware line of hardware, that requires no installation tools, but will only work on metal doors. 

These install tips designed for an experienced handy person. We sell hardware for the exterior of your door, not working or interior garage door hardware. Never make adjustments and/or modifications to your interior garage door hardware such as garage door torsion or extension springs, door rollers, cable brackets, cables, door panels, electric openers without prior garage door experience. Serious injury, death and/or damage can occur. Customer assumes all liabilities, damages or injuries in using, handling or installing any products sold by GDHD Inc, and it's supplier. Our products are not to be used for any method of securing, accessing, opening or lifting any door, gate or shed. Our hardware is strictly for decorative use only.

Before identifying locations for your new hardware and/or installing it, make sure your door is in the closed position and all others are aware of you installing hardware on the face of your garage door to avoid having someone open it while installing damaging your door, hardware or injuring yourself. 

If you're unsure where to apply your decorative hardware, here's a great tip.

1. Where to place my hardware? 

People often ask where to install our hardware? There is no industry standard for decorative hardware placement. It's a personal choice as long as it does not interfere with the operation of your door. However, applying hardware to one-side or off-center can give an "unbalance appearance". Most manufacturers apply strap hinges to one of the four corners of a door and center the pull handles or door rings on the center vertical door stile or flat area in the center of doors. The "stile" is the flat area between the square panel areas if your door has metal square raised or flat panel designs on the outside. Or the center trim boards if your door has an overlay carriage house door design. If you have a two-car door, one larger than 14' wide, you may want to order two sets of hardware to give your door the appearance of two single car doors. The door industry standard in strap hinges is 16" length.

The important thing to remember is to make sure the hardware does not interfere with the operation of your door or applied across door panels. We show examples of decorative hardware in our photo gallery or you can contact us for help by sending us a photo of your door.  It is best to send us a photo BEFORE ordering. This way you do not order hardware that will not fit on your door. Design help is free and we can give you some different pricing options and designs. Make sure to include your front door if you are trying to accent the entire front of your home.

Not sure where to install it or if our decorative hardware will look good on your door, gate or shutters, try this great tip idea.

1. You will need a small roll of blue or bright green painters tape in a thinner width to be used as your "faux hardware" examples.

2. Take the measurements of the actual decorative hardware you are looking to order or if you already have, to install. If you don't know what to order or sizes, contact us. The most common length of strap hinges is 16" with a width of 2".  Door rings or pull handle sizes can vary from 4-1/2" to 14" in length.

3. Cut the painters tape in the lengths of the products you are looking to purchase or have purchased. Make sure you cut even pieces for your design idea or hardware.

4. Apply the cut tape lengths to the locations on your door you would like your hardware placed. Make sure there is room for both the width & length of your product and keep in mind handles are typically installed in pairs of two and the second door panel up from the ground. You can install just one handle or ring on your door, but we cannot accept back partial returns so you may have an extra handle or ring if you decide to use only one.

Strap Hinges: Typically are installed in one of the four corners of a door or below a glass window section if your door has glass in the top section of it. If your strap hinges are installed below the glass, you must be sure there is plenty of space for the hinge to lie flat and not interfere with the door section joints or overlap them.

Handles or door rings typically are installed in the second section or #2 section up from the ground. Handles or rings are centered on this door section. If you have a two-car door-over 14'-0" wide, most customers will order and install two sets of hardware or eight strap hinges and four handles/rings.

5. Go back 15-20 yards or towards the sidewalk to see what it looks like. This view is often referred to as the "Curb Appeal" view. If your unhappy with the locations selected, move the tape pieces until the desired location looks good for you. This way you avoid drilling unwanted holes in your door, you can move the tape around your door without damage and, if you haven't placed an order yet, you order exactly what you need.

Once you find the location that works best for your hardware, you can permanently install the hardware.

If you are unsure if the tape locations are the best, you can always send us a photo along with what set of hardware you are looking to purchase to us for free design help.

How to Install Tips

Decorative Strap Hinge Installation Instruction Tips:

Once you have determined the location of your hardware using the painter's tape tip posted above, follow the next steps for installing your decorative strap hinges. Some products may require exterior grade adhesive not supplied. Please allow any adhesive used to dry per manufacturers instructions before operating your door.

Step 1: Locate strap hinge in the desired location between the section joint and the upper end of the raised panel area on your door.

Step 2: Using the strap hinge as a template, make a mark through the center hole using a washable marker or pencil. Make sure your hinge is level before marking the hole locations and does not interfere with your doors operation.

Step 3: Using a 1/16” Drill bit, just break the surface of the exterior metal door skin of your door for each hinge hole location. DO NOT OVERDRILL or your screw fasteners will not hold.

Step 4: If you're installing our Iron or Rustic Series Strap Hinges, or any hinge over 16” in length on a steel garage door, please add a small amount of *exterior grade adhesive to the back side of your hinge before attaching to the door. This is OPTIONAL on solid wood doors or carriage house doors with exterior trim boards. Steel doors have no backing for any fastener to hold so adding adhesive helps to prevent movement over time.  Since we have no control over the final install location and shipping restrictions, we cannot sell adhesives.

Step 5: Take the supplied Phillips-head screw fasteners and place one through strap hinge and over the holes you drilled. Install an end screw first making sure your hinge hole for each screw is started before tightening all screws. It is best to use a handheld screwdriver to avoid overtightening your screws or if you are not comfortable using an electric drill. 

Step 6: Clean off any extra adhesive that may have gotten on the face of your door surface. If the adhesive is used, allow drying per manufacturer’s instructions. 

NOTE: Maximum drill bit size is 1/16” drill bit.

*We recommend using Loctite brand exterior grade adhesive designed for your doors application, i.e. steel-to-steel and environment-cold/heat conditions. Loctite is available at most home centers or hardware stores.

Pull Handles or Door Ring/Knocker Installation Instruction Tip:

Once you have determined the location of your hardware using painters tape tip posted above, follow the next steps for installing your decorative handles or door rings. Some products may require exterior grade adhesive not supplied.

Step 1: Locate pull handle or door ring in the desired location on your door. This is typically on the second panel of the door from the ground up often referred to as the lock section or second door panel. If you have a steel raised or recessed panel door this is the space between those. If you have vertical trim boards such as carriage house overlay door, you can install on the center trim boards, same location vertically.

Step 2: Using the screw holes on the pull handles or door rings as a template, make a mark through the center hole using a washable marker or pencil. Make sure your handle or ring is level before marking the hole locations. Some rings have smaller door stops to keep the ring from hitting the door as part of the design. Make sure you account for these as well as the rings when measuring.

Step 3: Using a 1/16” Drill bit, just break the surface of the exterior metal door skin of your door for each hinge hole location. DO NOT OVERDRILL or your screw fasteners will not hold. Use the same process if you have a solid wood door. Pre-drilling into wood will help prevent the wood from cracking when installing screws.

Step 4: If your installing our Iron or Rustic Series handles or rings on a steel garage door, please add a small amount of *exterior grade adhesive to the back side of each mounting location before attaching to the door. This will also give ANY handle or ring extra holding power if someone tries to pull on them or if they are struck by kids playing with balls or bikes. In addition, the movement of the door over time could cause the handles or ring fasteners to work loose. This is OPTIONAL on solid wood doors or carriage house doors with exterior trim boards.

Step 5: Take the handle or ring supplied Phillips-head screw fasteners and insert through the screw holes and place it over the holes you drilled. Install the first screw making sure the holes for each screw is started before tightening all screws. It is best to use a handheld screwdriver to avoid overtightening your screws or if you are not comfortable using an electric drill.

Step 6: Clean off any extra adhesive that may have gotten on the face of your door surface. If the adhesive is used, allow drying per manufacturer’s instructions.

NOTE: Maximum drill bit size is 1/16” drill bit.