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Old 12-06-2006, 08:16 PM   #61
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What other areas or projects do you think you will be addressing with your new house?

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Old 12-06-2006, 08:28 PM   #62
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remove wallpaper and paint entire house, remove carpets, sand and refinish hardwood floors. Fix the roof framing..actually this one is the one I want done first....

I had 3 electricians look at the wiring...all of the told me that wiring was probably put in 70s and was in good condition...they just suggested to add some GFIs in kitchen and bath .
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Old 12-06-2006, 08:33 PM   #63
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One thing I forgot to mention...the garage door has a problem..it goes more than 3/4th down smoothly then stops suddenly and goes up again...I managed to close the door by stopping it as soon as it starts to go in upward direction....and then puching the remote to close it again...it takes several attempts before i can shut it. I cleaned the lasers ....there is no obvious block in the tracks...

Door opener has the warranty( Seller's brokers offered home warranty) but it will cover the motor only....not the springs or the door itself.

Wonder if it is the motor?
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:47 AM   #64
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One thing I forgot to mention...the garage door has a problem..it goes more than 3/4th down smoothly then stops suddenly and goes up again...I managed to close the door by stopping it as soon as it starts to go in upward direction....and then puching the remote to close it again...it takes several attempts before i can shut it. I cleaned the lasers ....there is no obvious block in the tracks...

Door opener has the warranty( Seller's brokers offered home warranty) but it will cover the motor only....not the springs or the door itself.

Wonder if it is the motor?

Check to see if the safety sensors (lasers) are aimed correctly.

iIf the motor is older than 8 to 10 years it is probably time for a new motor. If it is under warranty then have it changed now before the warranty runs out.

You could also look at the rollers and see if the bearings are worn. If the bearings are worn then it creates resistance when the door is moving and will tell the motor (safety sensor) that there may be a blocked when there really is not one.

The motor should also have adjustements for the sensitivity as the when it will reverse for a blockage. If you turn up the adjustment slightly and the door operates properly then it may due to worn parts.

You should also be able to disconnect the drive (motor) from the door and see if you can open and close the door on your own. If the door moves freely by hand then it may indicate that it is the motor getting worn.
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Check to see if the safety sensors (lasers) are aimed correctly.

iIf the motor is older than 8 to 10 years it is probably time for a new motor. If it is under warranty then have it changed now before the warranty runs out.

You could also look at the rollers and see if the bearings are worn. If the bearings are worn then it creates resistance when the door is moving and will tell the motor (safety sensor) that there may be a blocked when there really is not one.

The motor should also have adjustements for the sensitivity as the when it will reverse for a blockage. If you turn up the adjustment slightly and the door operates properly then it may due to worn parts.

You should also be able to disconnect the drive (motor) from the door and see if you can open and close the door on your own. If the door moves freely by hand then it may indicate that it is the motor getting worn.
I did disconnect the door the drive, the door came crashing down. Does that indicate springs have gone bad? I learnt to guide the door down slowly...it shuts fine..no resistance

How do i make sure sensors are aligned properly? Motor is probably older than 10 years. WIll check the bearings and will also adjust sensistivity later today
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I did disconnect the door the drive, the door came crashing down.
That should not have allowed the door to crash. The springs should act as a counter balance.
Is this an all wood door or steel (metal) door?
Is this a single door or a double door?
Do you know if the motor uses a chain, belt or screw to raise/lower the door?
There may be a label on the side of the motor housing.

Is this a torsion spring or coil spring?
If it has two springs on both sides just above the upper (horizontial) rails then they are coil.
If it has one spring just above the near the door opening then it is a torison.


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Not advisable to try and adjust these. Could cause serious injury if done incorrectly.


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Does that indicate springs have gone bad? I learnt to guide the door down slowly...it shuts fine..no resistance
The springs may need to be looked at. Are the cables loose?
Can you post a photo of the springs?

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How do i make sure sensors are aligned properly? Motor is probably older than 10 years. WIll check the bearings and will also adjust sensistivity later today

Some sensors have a red light that will indicate if the sensors are lined up. Should be on top of the sensor.

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That should not have allowed the door to crash. The springs should act as a counter balance.
Is this an all wood door or steel (metal) door?
Is this a single door or a double door?
Do you know if the motor uses a chain, belt or screw to raise/lower the door?
There may be a label on the side of the motor housing.

Is this a torsion spring or coil spring?
If it has two springs on both sides just above the upper (horizontial) rails then they are coil.
If it has one spring just above the near the door opening then it is a torison.


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Not advisable to try and adjust these. Could cause serious injury if done incorrectly.


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The springs may need to be looked at. Are the cables loose?
Can you post a photo of the springs?




Some sensors have a red light that will indicate if the sensors are lined up. Should be on top of the sensor.

Surprisingly today the door closed alright with some hesitation towards the end. I dont have answwers to most of your questions. Will have to go back, look around, may be take some shots...will report back in a couple of days
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Ok...today I met someone who made some sense ...looked like he knew what he was talking about ...he said he was a master capenter and had built several new houses in the neighborhood where I live. Offered references.

He measured with a string and told me that top plate had moved out about 6 inches in the middle. Wall underneath has moved about 2 inches.

He said the ridge of the roof was too small . he said one of the solutions would be to replace the ridge with a structural ridge. He claimed that we wouldnt need the collar ties after that. he will work by hour and even offered to strip and replace the shingles at the hourly rate.

I took some pictures of the attic today. Will post the link in a short while
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Just posted link with attic pictures....in carpenter forum
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Got some more information about the door opener

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Is this an all wood door or steel (metal) door?

It seemed like woo door in a metal frame
Is this a single door or a double door?
Single door

Do you know if the motor uses a chain, belt or screw to raise/lower the door?

uses a chain
There may be a label on the side of the motor housing.
Door opener is lift-master 1/2 HP Professional line



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Got some more information about the door opener. Please note my responses in Red.

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Is this an all wood door or steel (metal) door?

It seemed like wood door in a metal frame

Is this a single door or a double door?
Single door

Do you know if the motor uses a chain, belt or screw to raise/lower the door?

uses a chain
There may be a label on the side of the motor housing.
Door opener is lift-master 1/2 HP Professional line



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