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Old 08-20-2010, 09:31 AM   #1
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Hi All,

I currently have a wooden door which is all beat up and recently it just wouldn't open. I haven't had a chance to check why the opener is getting stuck(I think it has something to do with the door locking mechanism...

I need a new door and I was considering calling someone but I have started seeing online that it might be a DIY job...

My question is, could I use all existing hardware like rails/spring and the opener? I'm guessing I can measure up the existing door, order a door with the same dimensions and go ahead and attempt the install?

Can someone recommend a door brand and where to buy from?

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http://www.wayne-dalton.com/resident...age-doors.html

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Also, my current garage only has one spring... Should it have 2?
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Usually each door has its own springÖ
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Usually each door has its own springÖ
great, so 1 door = 1 spring...

Thanks for the link i had looked at that.. I'm going to compare some pricing and decide if i should do it myself..
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Yup...
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that work's extremely competitive &, while we can do the work, i never did like fooling w/torsion bars 1 bit,,, i'll let them put some food on their table long's they stay outta conc & bsmt waterproofing,,, we just ordered a new 18' x 7' - w/3/4hp liftmaster operator, it came to $ 1,800
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Yea I'm thinking of leaving it to a pro... I like to DIY but from reading the stuff it might be worth it to pay for the work to be done...
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I installed a door with springs at my house
Its Temp until we get the doors we want
Springs I will do......not so sure about a torsion bar

If you are in an area w/cold weather look into an insulated door
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Things to consider: track, springs, rollers and hardware belong to each door, with some models by the same manufacturer, hardware is interchangeable. The weight of the door determines the spring strength, which have maximum poundage ratings. For a warranty, the hardware will need to match the door. The back-hang angle is important as is the initial setting of the roller distance on the top ones. The good news, most doors have good installation instructions, some adjust the torsion spring/s with a drill motor. Steel cables running through the side springs for safety, new openers most anyone can install. In my training to hang W.D. and others with a torsion bar, the 18" x 3/8" steel bar spring winder came out and shot 20' across the big garage, glad no one was hurt.....

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Jm,
I hang garage doors and openers. You are probably best off finding a local garage door installer and let him put the door up. If he is buying the doors wholesale, he can usually install it for about what you would pay at home depot or lowes just for the door. Torsion spring setup is the way to go if you have the headroom above the opening. Clopay makes a decent line of doors and is a nationwide company. Liftmaster makes good openers. Chain or belt drive.
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