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Old 10-15-2014, 03:49 PM   #1
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OT: Jackshaft garage door openers

Maybe not fully off topic as many of us have garages for our bikes

I have a 12 foot high, very heavy garage door on my shop that I want to put a remote opener on.
I've been considering using a jackshaft opener (although I'm open to suggestions).

Anyone have any experience with them? Words of wisdom?

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Now I wish i would of went this way but I recall when I researched them like 4 years ago they were not that good. The benefit i saw was move the rails closer tot he ceiling means less protrusion into the garage space. I got to say the features are mind blowing so on the list if we had to get a new one.

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I have experience with youtube you hosehead
...and I'm familiar with the liftmasters



I'm looking for anyone with experience with the openers.
Marketing materials never tell the whole story.

also.. how "self install-able" are these - or would I be an idiot not to hire a professional to install them?


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...now I'm waiting for Mark to post this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPLRvEwz0qI

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I installed 2 new garage doors and openers at my house- Clopay steel doors with dual lift springs and Craftsman door openers (chain).

Not hard to do, just follow the directions.

Does your door not have lift springs?
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Old 10-15-2014, 04:10 PM   #7
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I have experience with youtube you hosehead
...and I'm familiar with the liftmasters



I'm looking for anyone with experience with the openers.
Marketing materials never tell the whole story.

also.. how "self install-able" are these - or would I be an idiot not to hire a professional to install them?

If you call someone, Vortex Doors will do a fabulous, but expensive job.
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I have experience with youtube patch
...and I'm familiar with the liftmasters (if you like videos check out the geekbeat one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7kPwW_kZSY

I'm looking for anyone with experience with the openers.
Marketing materials never tell the whole story.

Testy are we

Then watch independent reviewers that have no reason to lie.

From my research 6-7 years ago, they were difficult to install and highly recommended to have a professional do it. They were also a lot more MONEY, I was quoted like $1,000 that was including changing the rails to go higher. This was also on top of whatever the Homeowners Insurance was paying for the new one (glad we made the sellers provide a warranty).

It looks like a lot more reviews are out there now, and I have not looked but I bet DIY'er installation videos are now out there.

Of course just go this route, it looks safe

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Old 10-15-2014, 04:13 PM   #9
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...now I'm waiting for Mark to post this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPLRvEwz0qI


I actually found that very help and gave him a thumbs up
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I installed 2 new garage doors and openers at my house- Clopay steel doors with dual lift springs and Craftsman door openers (chain).

Not hard to do, just follow the directions.

Does your door not have lift springs?
The craftsman (and lowes and homedepot) units are not (generally) able to do a large, 12 foot tall door.
Most of them are 7 or 8 foot with extensions up to 10 foot.

The door is sprung.. but it is still extremely heavy (bear proof).

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I have two of the Liftmaster 3800 Elites that I installed back in 2010. They each lift a four panel 8x10' insulated door cladded with 20g galvanized steel. Needed them as I didn't have clearance for an overhead between the 8 foot door and 9 foot garage ceiling. We don't subject them to intense use (we mostly park out front), but so far they've been great. Just make sure you have very solid wall blocking for the mounts and have good spring tension/balance on the door itself.

PS - The features on them are excellent. Highly adjustable and they don't lose the adjustment, even with the 372 thousand-ish power outages they've endured. The clickers are pretty sturdy and last a couple years between battery changes. The one kicker you might run into is if your existing door wasn't built with a jackshaft in mind them it may not have enough shaft left sticking out the side for the opener to solidly grab to.
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Of course just go this route, it looks safe

Hell.. I should just use a KTM motor and a standard DID dirtbike chain



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Old 10-15-2014, 04:18 PM   #13
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The craftsman (and lowes and homedepot) units are not (generally) able to do a large, 12 foot tall door.
Most of them are 7 or 8 foot with extensions up to 10 foot.

The door is sprung.. but it is still extremely heavy (bear proof).

Well, the way I understand it, the door should be able to be operated easily if the lift springs are set properly, regardless of what the door is made of or how heavy the door is.

Properly balanced any opener should be able to open the door. It sounds like your door isn't adjusted correctly.
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Old 10-15-2014, 04:24 PM   #14
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If the spring is tension right Hondo is correct it does not take much effort to open a garage door. Maybe you need a new spring, or a second spring if you only have one.

All I can say is wow, these openers have come way down in price. $298 on Amazon. If I recall our Genie opener was $300 at the time.
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I paid $150 each for my Chraftsman 1/2 hp openers
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