Suggestions requested: Garage door opener for low ceiling


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Old 11-18-02, 09:30 PM
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Suggestions requested: Garage door opener for low ceiling

All -

I'm finally getting around to dealing with my old one piece,
manually operated garage door. I have a late 50's multi-level
house that has a room directly over the
one car garage. The house model is quite common in this area.

I'd love to put in a sectional garage door and opener, but
the joists in the garage ceiling are only 83 inches above
the floor. Conventional garage door openers typically
have the door track attached at the top of the unit, and
mounting that in my garage would basically put the opener
at forehead level. This is not acceptable.

Fortunately, I do have the liberty of opening my ceiling a bit
and mounting an opener in the joist opening. The tricky
part now is finding an opener that has its track attached
at the bottom so that I can place the track quite close to the
ceiling.

I'm not ready yet to consider mounting an opener upside down
because that would surely present all sorts of other problems.

Do you have any suggestions? I'm tempted to go around to my
neighbors in this area and ask to see their garages, but I
wanted to ask you all first.

I read the recent reply from Doug Aleshire to Rhonda Grove on
a similar thread, and I don't think that this
will work for me, unfortunately. The
Genie opener just doesn't look slim enough for
my ceiling.

I'm giving some thought to an opener mounted on
a side wall with a chain
going through a pulley to the door. Another
option is to mount the opener on the
back wall of the garage and use a
very long (~15 feet) arm running along the
ceiling to the door. Both seem impractical,
however. Do you have any thoughts?

Thanks very much,
Tom
 
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Old 11-19-02, 02:28 PM
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tanguero750,

I am not sure what you are worried about. In your situation a low profile door track would be used with the new garage door. The garage door opener as the Genie is mounted/attached to the ceiling, virtually above the bottom of your garage door header, but at the regular location of other conventional garage door openers. This as designed for low garage ceiling clearances.

If you are unsure of this application, contact a garage door company to let them assess yours. It also may be adviseable to have them install all, considering the time involved to do this. You also may want to visit the neighbors and see what they have.

Hope this helps!
 
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Old 11-24-02, 10:42 PM
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Doug -

Thanks for the response. I haven't contacted
Genie to get the dimensions of their opener,
but it certainly seems a bit too big in
height for me. I'm 6'2", and so my garage
could accomodate an opener of only nine inches
before noggins start to get knocked.

Perhaps it's time to start consulting with
people smarter than me. I tend to want to figure
out my own problems, but I think it's time to call
in the pros.

Thanks,
Tom
 
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Old 11-24-02, 10:58 PM
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How much space is there between the top of the door opening and the ceiling? You might could go with a roll up door. A bit more expensive, but you lose zero headroom except directly over the door opening.
 
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Old 11-24-02, 11:08 PM
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Pendragon -

That's an interesting thought. Thanks. I've
never really seen a roll-up in action, and so
I'm not sure of what to expect. I'll do some
more research in this area.

Anyway, I have about six inches or so between
my ceiling the top of the door opening. Is
that enough room to accomodate a roll-up door?

Bye,
Tom
 
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Old 11-25-02, 09:44 AM
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Yikes.. not really, you'll lose some door height.
I can get a pic of a roll up door (8x8) if you want one, as it's what I used for my shop (12' ceiling clear to the top).
 
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Old 11-25-02, 11:52 AM
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Here's some pics, you will have to cut and paste the addresses, as it seems the admins have disabled all the features of the board.

This is an 8x8 aluminum door with operator. Cost was about $1100 (total) and I installed it myself.

http://members.cox.net/pen411/dooroutside.jpg

http://members.cox.net/pen411/doorinside.jpg

That's my pressure washer hanging from an electric hoist from the ceiling (get it's off the floor and out of my way).
 
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Old 11-25-02, 03:37 PM
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tanguero750,

If you look at the pictures that Pendragon gave for reference, the Genie door opener is approximately the same in height as the roll up door assembly. In fact, the roll up takes up more room than the low profile door track and the Genie would be attached directly to your ceiling.

The roll up and opener will cost more than traditional units.

Just thought I'd let you know.
 
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Old 11-25-02, 03:59 PM
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6" of head room is not a problem. youll need 3" low headroom track and a chain driven opener, which at the most takes up another 2" above the door when opened. any pro should be able to get you what you need, but do yourself a favor and have them do the final measurement.
 
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Old 11-26-02, 02:29 PM
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they also make a quick turn roller bracket that attaches to the top of a door it extends the rollers at the top so that the door starts to turn as soon as it starts up
 
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Old 11-26-02, 03:51 PM
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floppy-tops are an option, but with 10" track, at best youll have 6" of head room, there will be no room for an opener.
 
 

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