Automatic garage door opener for single piece door

Old 12-22-02, 10:02 PM
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Question Automatic garage door opener for single piece door

I have an old house with a single piece door for my two car garage. It is working fine but without an automatic opener. I am planning to install an automatic door opener by myself.

However, I am not sure if the automatic garage door openers in the market are suitable for one piece doors. According to the examples shown from the opener box, they only show those multi-piece versions.

Another question is I am not confident if this job can be handled just by one person.

Does anybody want to share your experience with me?

Old 12-23-02, 04:22 AM
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Virtually all garage door openers can accommodate both single pc and sectional garage door openers. The issue is adjusting the garage door properly so that it can be lifted and lowered with one hand..EASILY. This is based on the proper adjustment of the tension springs (extension of torsion) as well as the rollers,track all properly aligned.

When installing a garage door opener, it can be done with one person but 2 people can make it easier depending on your skills and ability to lift the unit and secure it to mounting hardware.

I have attached some links to garage door openers most commonly used and they have answers to all of your questions;

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Old 12-23-02, 01:10 PM
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I assume you're talking about a "kickout" type door where the travel of the door swings out from the opening about 1/3 -1/2 of the door height in the arc of it's travel ??

You can put them on this type door, but like Doug just said....MAKE DANG SURE you door is operating free and easy now.....and watch it in the future.....because if there is any binding, the door opener will break the center of the door where it attaches if it's one of those thin metal panel type doors....I've repaired several over the years that this happened. See any place where the door has been rubbing the side jambs as it opens ?? Cure that first.

I'd ALSO do something to head off damage....bolt a pc of steel angle to the top of the door and let it drop over the inside....that stiffens the door up a lot and is how I've repaired the broken ones.

You also want the attaching point for the opener to the track to be almost at the top of the door rather than down 6-10" like you see on roll up sectional doors....the lower you go on a single pc door, the more torque gets applied on startup and the more likely to damage the door over time.

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