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Old May 12th, 2014, 01:02 PM   #1
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Default Hey garage door people!

what specs should I look for in a garage door opener?

my garage has 2 very old, very heavy doors,

I believe both are 10' wide,
one is 7' high,
the other is 10' high

what should I expect to pay for the openers,

and what for intallation
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Old May 12th, 2014, 01:05 PM   #2
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Tell her to get out and open the fukkin door.
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Old May 12th, 2014, 01:38 PM   #3
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Tell her to get out and open the fukkin door.
she's been ordered to STAY OUTA MY FRIGGIN GARAGE!

even with the springs, these doors are heavy, its an unattached garage, and I don't like having to open the side entry door and go thru to the door when I want the big doors open.

and if I don't open it enogh to stay up, I don't want it coming sown on me, or my 4yo.
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Old May 12th, 2014, 01:47 PM   #4
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IIRC, @tom77cj5 does doors.
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Old May 12th, 2014, 02:12 PM   #5
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Go to sears or home depot or Lowe's. Do not buy a pos genie. Get a Chamberlain or sears (same thing) 3/4 hp openers. A few sticks or 1x1 hangle with holes every inch. Buy twelve pack on the way home and install them. Contrary to most people. The manual will actually tell you how to not fukc up the install. Dont fukc with the springs and make sure to remove the locking devices on the door before running with the opener. Lowe's can install them for you for like 60$ each. They pay some jack off $7 an hour to come hack them in
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Old May 12th, 2014, 02:40 PM   #6
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Even on heavy doors the right springs with the right tension the door should be easy to open. If it's hard on you then a opener will have trouble too. They have adjustments for force, but I'd check door springs before I'd mount an opener.
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Old May 12th, 2014, 03:57 PM   #7
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I agree with Tom and don't buy the Extreme Garage piles of shit either. You get what you pay for, the cheap ones are cheap for a reason. Make sure you get the proper 10' rail for the 10' high door.

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Old May 12th, 2014, 04:09 PM   #8
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Go to sears or home depot or Lowe's. Do not buy a pos genie. Get a Chamberlain or sears (same thing) 3/4 hp openers. A few sticks or 1x1 hangle with holes every inch. Buy twelve pack on the way home and install them. Contrary to most people. The manual will actually tell you how to not fukc up the install. Dont fukc with the springs and make sure to remove the locking devices on the door before running with the opener. Lowe's can install them for you for like 60$ each. They pay some jack off $7 an hour to come hack them in
Why are Genie POSes? My parents have had Genies for 20 years, they did have one fail, but it was struck by lightening as well as a bunch of other stuff in the house. They are a hell of a lot quieter and smoother then my Craftsman's.
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I have Chamberlains with the smart q.

I can open the door from my phone, see if it is open from anywhere, and it sends me a message to the phone whenever it opens.

http://www.chamberlain.com/smartphon...tphone-control
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If your Springs are set properly the door should be able to be open approximately half way and not move. To light and it will close, to heavy and it will open the rest of they way.
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I agree with Tom and don't buy the Extreme Garage piles of shit either. You get what you pay for, the cheap ones are cheap for a reason. Make sure you get the proper 10' rail for the 10' high door.

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Worst part is the genie junk is usually more money. Those openers are junk. Coming from a person thats been in the buisness since 98 but what do I know
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Why are Genie POSes? My parents have had Genies for 20 years, they did have one fail, but it was struck by lightening as well as a bunch of other stuff in the house. They are a hell of a lot quieter and smoother then my Craftsman's.
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Worst part is the genie junk is usually more money. Those openers are junk. Coming from a person thats been in the buisness since 98 but what do I know
I'm right there with you. I started in '98 also. Genie has made us a lot of money over the years, I've replaced hundreds of them lol.

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I worked for Multi Elmac- we made the number one you install door openers. But we disappeared. Thanks Stanley Door Systems.
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If you have the room, the liftmaster 8500 series wall mount with battery backup is a sweet unit. Also, id check the balance of your door as said before. I'm also on the "Genies Suck" band wagon, all the overhead brand openers are garbage in my opinion.
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Old May 12th, 2014, 06:35 PM   #16
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If you have the room, the liftmaster 8500 series wall mount with battery backup is a sweet unit. Also, id check the balance of your door as said before. I'm also on the "Genies Suck" band wagon, all the overhead brand openers are garbage in my opinion.
X2. I have the 8500 on my door and have installed quite a few of them. Very quiet and very simple to install. Ive found they work best if the door closes itself. Keeps the cable from tripping the sensor on it. Only down fall is they are like 300$ each.
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I usually put cable keepers on the bottom fixtures to keep tension on the cable, should they slack up. Also, I'll raise the back of the horizontal a hole or two if I there is room for it.
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I usually put cable keepers on the bottom fixtures to keep tension on the cable, should they slack up. Also, I'll raise the back of the horizontal a hole or two if I there is room for it.
Thats what I mean. Raise up the horz a few holes and let it roll down on its own. Thats how I set my personal door up because it drove me nuts tripping the cable sensor. That was five years ago when they first came out and its worked perfectly ever since
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Old May 13th, 2014, 07:24 AM   #19
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Thanks guys, my neighbor works for a door company here in Waterford, I will have him adjust the spring tension, before I do anything else.

I wanted to get opinions here before talking to him, because I know he does not have the experience you guys do, I think he's only been there 1-2 years.
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We could always fix your doors as a club event. I will bring a chainsaw.
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