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Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby Shyster on Tue May 28, 2013 11:37 am

My garage-door opener croaked. The gears on the inside are completely stripped and trashed, so I’m looking for a replacement. I’m not too broken up by this, as I’d bet that thing was at least 20 years old if not older. I could probably try to install a new one myself, but I think I’d rather just pay to have it done. Does anyone have any recommendations for a Pittsburgh-area service/installtion company? Does anyone have any recommendations for a brand of garage-door opener? A lot of the companies I’ve been looking at on the web seem to install Liftmaster openers.
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby Idoit40fans on Tue May 28, 2013 11:38 am

You could always go open-air.
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby Shyster on Tue May 28, 2013 11:45 am

I’d prefer a solution that would not permit any random passer-by to be able to easily steal my stuff.
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby Idoit40fans on Tue May 28, 2013 11:48 am

There are certainly disadvantages to both options. Its important to consider all possibilities though.
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby Shyster on Tue May 28, 2013 11:50 am

The idea has been duly considered.

Answer: No.
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby Sarcastic on Tue May 28, 2013 1:30 pm

Shyster wrote:I’d prefer a solution that would not permit any random passer-by to be able to easily steal my stuff.


What do you keep it in there and what's your address?
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby columbia on Tue May 28, 2013 1:31 pm

Perhaps a garage sale is in order?
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby Shyster on Tue May 28, 2013 1:42 pm

Slow day at work for you two?
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby Sarcastic on Tue May 28, 2013 2:40 pm

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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby She'sTheFastest on Tue May 28, 2013 2:42 pm

Id call a place like Wayne or Ryan Homes and ask who they have used.
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby DMcGrew on Tue May 28, 2013 3:52 pm

We used this company. They did a great job. Wasn't too expensive either. http://www.gielgaragedoors.com/
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby BadHands71 on Tue May 28, 2013 5:39 pm

My family had used Henefeld garage doors for about 25 years. They are excellent. http://www.henefelddoors.com/
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby MWB on Tue May 28, 2013 6:24 pm

I installed a Chamberlain with a drive belt (as opposed to a chain) last summer. Quieter than chain, if that's a concern. Easy to install as well, especially if you're just replacing.
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby Shyster on Fri May 31, 2013 7:27 pm

Thanks everyone for the recommendations. I’ve decided to try to first replace the worn gears using a kit I just ordered from Amazon. Apparently, stripped plastic gears are not an uncommon problem for these garage door openers. My Sears opener was made by Liftmaster, and just about every Liftmaster, Chamberlain, Craftsman, Sears, Master Mechanic, and Wayne Dalton opener made since 1984 uses these gears. If they’re not thoroughly lubricated with a good low-temperature lithium grease, they will shred apart. I imagine the grease on my 1980s-era opener finally wore off, and that let the gear self destruct. It shreds the gear into tiny particles that look like snow.

The process for replacing the gear involves taking about half of the opener apart, and I’ll have to take it off the ceiling because I don’t have enough clearance to take the old gear out of the top. I figure there’s a risk that I could drop or break the darn thing, but I also figure that wouldn’t put me in any worse situation than I’m in now, and it does carry the possibility that I can fix this with $30 in parts and an afternoon’s worth of my time rather than spending hundreds of bucks to get a new one installed.

I do recommend that if you own a garage-door opener made by one of those companies above and you know it hasn’t been touched in years, you might want to open up the case and make sure the big white plastic gear has a healthy coating of grease. A cheap tube of lithium grease and a few minutes out of a Saturday afternoon could save a lot of money/hassle in the future.
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby mac5155 on Fri May 31, 2013 10:52 pm

Interesting. I have a craftsman from sears, probably installed in the early 90s.
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby shafnutz05 on Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:32 am

Heh, we just had Sears over yesterday to install a new unit on one of our doors. Turns out the pulley and spring were shot, so replaced those as well.
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby Beveridge on Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:16 am

Don't know if you're still looking for the opener itself, but Amazon's daily deal is a garage door opener.
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby Shyster on Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:00 pm

Armed with my replacement-parts kit from Amazon, I can report that after about 3 hours of mechanical surgery and a nice cut on my thumb from a piece of sharp sheet metal, my Chamberlain-made Sears Craftsman garage-door opener is back up and running. I chose to replace only the main gear and axle, as everything else looked to be in fine shape. I watched a coupe YouTube videos on the replacement process, and they were really helpful in terms of setting out the proper replacement procedure. I didn't even need to adjust the door travel, as I clamped the trolley in place while I worked on the opener gears. The repair would have gone even faster if I'd had enough clearance above the motor that I didn't need to take it off the ceiling. I made sure to thoroughly grease the new gear, and I also greased or spray-lubed the chain, hinges, wheels, and other moving parts for the door system.

Lesson: If you have a Liftmaster/Chamberlain-manufactured garage-door opener that has stopped working due to a stripped main gear, and you're decently mechanically handy and have the tools (particularly a set of wrenches and screwdrivers), it's possible to fix the thing for around $30 or less in replacement parts.
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby shmenguin on Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:05 pm

I have to replace my door, the opener and all the tracks and gears and whatnot.

I hate my money pit these days.
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Re: Seeking recommendations for garage door service

Postby mac5155 on Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:01 pm

Shyster, I think we have the same garage door. I rarely use it, cause the only thing inside it is my quad and my trailer, but still good info.
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