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Is the wood anchor pad for a garage door rail and torsion spring supposed to be nailed or bolted to the wall?
Friday, July 12, 2019
Nailing was acceptable years ago, as long as there was a sufficient number of nails, but manufacturers today require lag screws or bolts, with the number specified by the manufacturer. The Clopay installation manual, for example, states that “the wood anchor pad must be attached to the frame of the garage with at least four 3/8“ x 4” long lag screws for wooden frames or four 3/8” x4” long sleeve anchors for concrete frames (one at each corner).” The anchor pad should be embedded in the wall framing, not over the drywall.
The photo above shows an older installation that was nailed, and the one below is a newer door with two bolts.
Here’s links to some of our other blog posts about GARAGES AND CARPORTS:
• What are the common problems when a homeowner converts a garage to conditioned living space, such as a family room?
• What are the code requirements for fire separation between an attached garage and the house?
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