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" x 4" 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.

    Also, see our blog posts Why do I have to hold down the button to close the garage door? and What does a home inspector check on an electric garage door?

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Here’s links to some of our other  blog posts about GARAGES AND CARPORTS:

Why is a garage floor sloped?  

What is the difference between a carport and a garage? 

Why is my garage ceiling sagging? 

Why are there score line grooves in the concrete floor of the garage? 

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?

Can a bedroom door open into the garage?

Does an attached garage that is only used for storage or as a workshop, and not for parking a car, still have to comply with building code requirements for a garage?

How far apart should electric receptacle outlets be placed in a garage? 

Why is the garage door track a white tube? 

What is the raised metal plate on the floor under the garage door? 

How can I check my garage door to make sure it is safe?   

• Can the a garage door header bracket and torsion springs be mounted through drywall? 

How can I tell if cracks in the garage floor are a problem or not? 

Is tempered/safety glass required by the building code for windows and doors? 

 What is the unusual garage door opener mounted on the wall above the door and marked "Wayne Dalton”?

When were GFCI receptacle outlets first required in the garage?

• Why are most pull-down attic ladders not approved by building code for installation in a garage?  

   Visit our GARAGES AND CARPORTS page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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