Garage Door opener install off center?


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Old 01-20-07, 12:04 PM
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Garage Door opener install off center?

This is for sectional metal door, 16 feet wide.
Original opener installed 4 feet off center on the vertical reinforcement piece.
At door center, a ceiling joist comes within about one inch of the torsion spring, so I do not have enough space above the spring system to mount the header bracket.

This joist at the centerline is a retrofit....I can see old hardware and holes in the door where the original opener was attached correctly.
BTW, the off center setup did work reasonably well for the last 14 years.

Any ideas appreciated....
Could I "persuade" the joist to move aver a few inches without sacrificing strength of the roof?
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Old 01-20-07, 12:17 PM
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Id say cant you go to the other springs on each side of the door. The tension spring work a lot better I think
 
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Old 01-21-07, 04:53 AM
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You can be off center with the opener provided the door has a "torsion" spring (which it sounds like yours does) If your door was "extension" spring (the kind when the spring stretch along the horizontal track) then it wouldn't work properly. Go ahead and mount it off center and save yourself a headache. I have mounted openers all the way out at the end of the door before.
 
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Old 01-21-07, 08:37 AM
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off center installation

Thanks, appreciate it!
 
 

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