can a solid garage door work with an opener?


Old 07-20-00, 12:24 PM
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we have a perfectly good garage door that is the solid kind (not hinged) is it possible to install and use the regular genie openers on that type of door?
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Old 07-20-00, 08:59 PM
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Not possible
Old 07-25-00, 03:43 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Jack the Contractor:
Not possible<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Exactly what would make it "not possible" to raise a solid (kick-out) garage door. When the opener is attached to the top center of the door and the opener is activated, this will cause the bottom to move past the vertical position allowing the door to open.
The problem comes when you try to close it. You must use a screw or solid rod to push the door closed or the last alternative of a heavilly weighted door to allow gravity to take effect. Do you agree?
Old 07-26-00, 02:44 AM
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If you notice your tracks, you will see a curve in them. The door must bend to go around the curve. Just like a train going around a curve. Just take a straight stick and try to bend it around a curve and you will see what I mean. The opener works on the principal of pulling around a curve.
Remember if you are on the outside of a stiff door and you open it, you have to pull up and out. If you pull straight up, it will not open. Simple trigonometery. It is the old circle arc trick.

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