If you have some free time on your hands and would like to get your gym-buffed body into moderately physical carpentry work and earn quite a sum from it, then maybe you’d like to consider installing garage doors. Installing garage doors is for a two-man team, so get a partner to do this with you and you can both earn from $300 - $500 each for simply installing one correctly.
Before you undertake this moderately physical job, here’s what you need to know:
There are four types of garage doors out in the market today.
- Roller – Most ideal for people who have limited space or small driveways. This type is almost always automated so the driver won’t have to step out of his vehicle to open and close the garage doors. It also has a mechanism that turns on the garage light once the car is inside the garage premises.
- Up and Over – You have to have a bigger space to accommodate this type of garage door because it needs it to swing outwards and up to ceiling level.
- Sectional – This is typically close to how blinds are designed in so far as you will need to pull sections of this garage door upward for it to open.
- Swing Hung – This needs hinges to install and operates like a typical door does. This is not to be installed in homes with narrow or limited driveway space.
Sophisticated equipment or tools are not necessary to properly install a garage door. You will only need what’s usually found on a typical tool shed:
- Electric drill and bits
- Wrench both socket and adjustable
- Measuring tape
- Screwdrivers (slotted and Phillips)
- Stud finder
- Wire stripper
If you have very minimal experience in installing garage doors, then this is the perfect opportunity to observe carpenters or contractors while they’re on the job. Let your fingers do the walking by scouring your phone book for garage door installers. Ask if you can visit to discuss your agenda and set a meeting at the soonest possible but most convenient time. Be ready with your resume just in case they ask for it.
Take notes about the procedure as you go along. If you don’t like jotting down notes, you can record or film the process but get permission prior to doing so.
The best learning experience is hands-on experience so after observing how it’s done, you can gradually move on to assisting them during an installation. You can also do the installation for your friends, colleagues, family, and relatives. Practice, practice, practice.
Before striking out on your own try applying as an intern for garage door manufacturing companies in your local area or at larger companies in the city where you have a bigger chance of getting hired. Learn as much as you can while here before really going at it by yourself.
When you’re ready to offer your services, spread the word through below-the-line and word-of-mouth advertising.