The screws connecting a garage door opener to the garage door can come loose over time, making the garage door unable to raise or lower.

To repair the problem, replace the missing screws with slightly larger diameter self tapping sheet metal screws. Install one or more extra screws using the self tapping feature on the screws and an electric drill to drill holes through the bracket and garage door frame.

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It’s not uncommon for the screws connecting the garage door opener and a garage door to come loose, rendering the opener useless. The solution is several self tapping screws that are slightly larger in diameter than the holes in the door.

The new screws will tighten up in the old holes because they are larger. And because they are self tapping, you can add one or two more in new locations to firmly secure the opener, so it works like it’s supposed to.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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