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This should be an easy one...

We are going to install decorative hardware (fake iron handles and hinges).

The installation seems straightforward (handles go on with pan-head bolts and nuts, hinges with pan-head machine screws).

The only question we're unsure of is if we should do anything different because it's an insulated garage door.

It *seems* to me that the only possible source of trouble would be if the insulation inside got wet, so we were going to apply a thin bead of caulk around the holes we drill (per the instructions) for the bolts/screws.

Any other thoughts or input on doing this?

Thank you!

Hi David,,

The operative word here is "decorative" and you are the boss, install it anywhere you think it looks good and doesn't impede the operation of the door. You really don't need to chalk @ the hardware unless you screw up and drill to big a hole or too many holes. After drilling the holes, clean the doors surface of all metal shavings, they will stick and rust on the surface of the door.  If thru-bolting the hardware, do not overtighten and crush the section. Good luck and send me a pic when you are done. Yours in doors,


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I will not answer questions about garage door openers 20 years old or older as they are unsafe, PURCHASE A NEW ONE. How many cell phones have you owned in 20 years? I have 40 years in the garage door industry and have seen almost everything. I sat on the Wayne/Dalton dealers board in 1986,1987,and 1988. I am on the IDEA board of directors ( and am accredited by same. I will, to the best of my ability answer your questions on doors or openers. I will not deal with shinbuster type doors. Replace it if you have one! If your question is about stretch type springs, call an IDEA accredited dealer and have torsion springs installed.


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