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Old 05-18-2018, 11:13 PM   #1
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Iíd like to see about raising my single garage door to accommodate my pickup. Iíd like to think I can make the opening as high as the soffit, with what I think is plenty of room for the existing beam.

I need to back my truck in there for actual measurements.

What says the green screen. Is this a project that can be accomplished DIY, vs hiring someone? Tricks.

Iím handy. Wife would say Iím handsy, but hey.



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Old 05-19-2018, 04:41 AM   #2
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Do not resize the header to make the opening taller. That 2x12 is supporting the weight of the roof.

It would be easier to get a shorter truck.
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Old 05-19-2018, 05:01 AM   #3
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Spend way less and get a carport built?
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Old 05-19-2018, 05:03 AM   #4
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I had to do same to get my boat in the garage. But I only had to go 2 or 3 inches and didn't have brick to contend with
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Old 05-19-2018, 05:51 AM   #5
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It can be done but this is a lot of work. You would have to build a temporary wall to support the roof. This is a load bearing wall. Removing the garage door spring can be tricky. I could go on and on. Hire someone. It may look simple but it isn’t.
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Old 05-19-2018, 05:59 AM   #6
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Will the truck fit lengthwise?

I agree with above, it can be done but sounds like you should hire someone.
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Old 05-19-2018, 06:09 AM   #7
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sure what could possibly go wrong lololo
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Old 05-19-2018, 07:01 AM   #8
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A temp support will be required to support the roof during work. You can raise the 2x12 header but donít down size it.
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Old 05-19-2018, 07:09 AM   #9
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sure what could possibly go wrong lololo

Iím pretty sure, everything at least twice.

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Spend way less and get a carport built?

HOA

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Will the truck fit lengthwise?

I agree with above, it can be done but sounds like you should hire someone.

3rd bay is extended 12í.


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Old 05-19-2018, 11:58 AM   #10
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Also consider this, if you raise the height of the opening a couple of inches it will require a special made door and that will get pricey.
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Old 05-19-2018, 01:01 PM   #11
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Also consider this, if you raise the height of the opening a couple of inches it will require a special made door and that will get pricey.


Again I havenít measured but the plan is to raise it one panel more than is there. Extra track.
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Old 05-19-2018, 01:09 PM   #12
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Get with a garage door guy to see what the new taller door will require. Have them remove the old one.
The framing won't be that hard. Support the roof. Start sawzalling all the nails out and reuse the beam.

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Old 05-19-2018, 01:47 PM   #13
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You can do this, with some help. (I'm assuming an existing 7' garage door)

-Take the garage door off.
-Come back about 4' from the door and brace up every other joist with a 4x4.
-Sawsall the beam out to reuse later.
-Cut 12" off the cripple studs above the beam.
-Replace the jack studs with jack studs that are one foot longer.
-Set the recycled beam on the jack studs and fasten back the modified cripple studs to the beam.
-Remove the 4x4 braces and store them somewhere where you will forget that you have them.
-Install a new 8' tall door.

It's not Rocket Surgery and you're not a complete dumbass....You can do this. You'll need to get exact dimensions for a new garage door, but you get the gist of it. Good luck.
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Old 05-19-2018, 01:48 PM   #14
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Looks like a pretty easy frame job. cutting and trimming the brick to look good is the only thing I see sketchy but really quite doable for 2 guys on a saturday

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Old 05-19-2018, 02:09 PM   #15
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You can do this, with some help. (I'm assuming an existing 7' garage door)

-Take the garage door off.
-Come back about 4' from the door and brace up every other joist with a 4x4.
-Sawsall the beam out to reuse later.
-Cut 12" off the cripple studs above the beam.
-Replace the jack studs with jack studs that are one foot longer.
-Set the recycled beam on the jack studs and fasten back the modified cripple studs to the beam.
-Remove the 4x4 braces and store them somewhere where you will forget that you have them.
-Install a new 8' tall door.

It's not Rocket Surgery and you're not a complete dumbass....You can do this. You'll need to get exact dimensions for a new garage door, but you get the gist of it. Good luck.
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Looks like a pretty easy frame job. cutting and trimming the brick to look good is the only thing I see sketchy but really quite doable for 2 guys on a saturday

Yeah, I got nothing for that other than hire a mason to fix the brickwork right. It too will need a header (angle iron) and retrimmed.
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Old 05-19-2018, 02:39 PM   #16
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Yeah, Iím going with leave the truck in the driveway for $1000, Alex.


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Old 05-19-2018, 02:43 PM   #17
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Because you know you'd have to get on a ladder.......again.
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Old 05-19-2018, 02:45 PM   #18
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Because you know you'd have to get on a ladder.......again.


I got on a ladder a few weeks ago, everything went well.

I would be more worried about the garage looking like fidoís arse when it was done.


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Old 05-19-2018, 02:56 PM   #19
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The framing is easy. You’d have to hire a brick person and talk to a garage door fella to plan your opening size.
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Old 05-19-2018, 06:50 PM   #20
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I agree with curtintx... looks pretty easy to me. I'd hire someone to do the brick work. Standard doors are 7' and 8' tall. So 12" is the way to go. Dont forget your permit. In a HOA, Im sure you will have plenty of curious neighbors.
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Old 05-19-2018, 07:11 PM   #21
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Look how the soffit is connected. When you remove the small studs, something may move. Your lookouts are probably nailed to the 2x4 running lengthwise. The eve could drop.
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Old 05-19-2018, 07:11 PM   #22
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Not going to be any brick left on the top. Going to need to saw through brick on left and right.
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Old 05-20-2018, 09:49 AM   #23
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I know your capabilities ... this project is way outside your wheelhouse. It could be done, but you'll be way better off hiring someone to so it.

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Old 05-20-2018, 01:15 PM   #24
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Just get a couple new sawzall blades and get after it!

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Old 05-20-2018, 01:53 PM   #25
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It can be done but this is a lot of work. You would have to build a temporary wall to support the roof. This is a load bearing wall. Removing the garage door spring can be tricky. I could go on and on. Hire someone. It may look simple but it isnít.

All of the above. You might need a steel beam for header
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Old 05-20-2018, 02:06 PM   #26
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The inside framing should be easy. One option for the brick outside is to just remove brick and go back with some trim that matches the soffit. It would be much easier and might even look better since you wonít have much brick left up there.
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Old 05-21-2018, 09:46 AM   #27
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be cheaper to put Airbags on truck.. Good luck
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Old 05-21-2018, 10:07 AM   #28
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Man, I think will look like hades if you don't do the same for the large door. Then again, if you are cool with it looking like hades, it is your house. . . knock yourself out. :-)
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Old 05-21-2018, 10:21 AM   #29
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HOA




3rd bay is extended 12í.


If yall have any contacts in Magnolia area, PM me.


Appreciate all the info.
If the HOA won't allow a carport, they probably aren't going to allow one garage door to be taller than the other. They may even have restrictions on the height of your garage door in the first place.
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Old 05-21-2018, 10:23 AM   #30
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I agree with curtintx... looks pretty easy to me. I'd hire someone to do the brick work. Standard doors are 7' and 8' tall. So 12" is the way to go. Dont forget your permit. In a HOA, Im sure you will have plenty of curious neighbors.
That's the nicest way I have every heard someone address the HOA's who meddle in other peoples business lol
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Old 05-21-2018, 10:33 AM   #31
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I would do both doors that are together. Having to different size door side by side would look funny.
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Old 05-21-2018, 10:36 AM   #32
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If yall have any contacts in Magnolia area, PM me.
There is a guy named Chip something?

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Old 05-21-2018, 01:00 PM   #33
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You'll want to take all of the brick down from above the door. If there's a gap above your new door, just box it in with a siding product.


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Old 05-21-2018, 01:54 PM   #34
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This will require a live video.
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Old 05-21-2018, 02:10 PM   #35
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Finally someone thinking outside the box.. good job lol
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Old 05-21-2018, 03:03 PM   #36
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If you need, I'll offer up my wifes car as a support to catch the garage if it comes all the way down.

I'm learning i need to get better and handyman type stuff. I wouldn't even think of attempting some of the stuff you guys here on the GS attempt.
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Old 05-21-2018, 04:11 PM   #37
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Need to remove both doors and raise the header remove the middle between the two doors and get only one door. My neighbor raised his garage door opening and his truck is still too long. He can't figure it out.
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Old 05-21-2018, 04:21 PM   #38
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Need to remove both doors and raise the header remove the middle between the two doors and get only one door. My neighbor raised his garage door opening and his truck is still too long. He can't figure it out.
Back of the line......GO!!
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Old 05-21-2018, 04:26 PM   #39
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Why can't you just borrow some of Ty's contractors?
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It'll be cheaper and faster to hire someone to do it right than to hire some one to fix it after you jack it up.

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