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Old 01-10-2018, 11:38 AM   #1
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Garage ceiling/door opener


Hi,

New to the forums. Looks very helpful.

I am getting ready to insulate and hang drywall in my one car detached garage which I will be using as an office. I want to keep the ability to open the garage door using the electric opener. I don't really want to look at the opener and am wondering if I can box it in somehow. The track leading to the opener I'm assuming I can build a long box above it so that it is recessed somehow?

Have never done this (garage conversion) so am looking for some ideas on how to cover the ceiling with insulation and drywall but keep the functionality of the garage door. Any ideas?

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Old 01-10-2018, 03:45 PM   #2
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I'm not sure why the sight of the opener would be a bother but to each their own. I suppose you could build a box around it so long as you allow for airflow so it doesn't overheat. Also, a box might interfere with a remote control. As for boxing "above" the track, I must be missing something as to how that would accomplish anything. The track cannot be boxed in since it has to remain open along the bottom to allow the arm connected to the door to travel. If you mean that you want to recess the track into a ceiling, you would be limited to the distances and clearances of the connecting hardware - the track and door connecting arm have to the be within a set distance from each other.

It's a garage, that you are using for another purpose but retaining the function of the door, but don't want to see it. I don't think you can square those circles.

Edit - You can get openers that act directly on the tension rod - the motor and mechanism mount at the side near where the track bends. I don't think they are all that common for residential use and imagine they are pricey.
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We have added an office door and window in the doorway a few times always the garage door was just left in the up position.
Drywall is usually put up first, so working around it would be a pain too.

You will want to add box vents or ridge vents and make sure air can make it from the soffet area with chutes.
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This may be of some help, albeit pricey. But likely less expensive than trying to hide a conventional opener.

https://www.amazon.com/LiftMaster-85...ter+8500+elite
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Just me, but if it was mine I would drywall the ceiling, no box. When you sell the home in the future, no more DIY projects to undo.

Then, close on each side of the GO, I would hang down from the ceiling my favorite state flag, ball team flag, big pictures of my first car or favorite family photos or scenes.

Or, (with blocking done to hang them from before covering the ceiling with DW) I would maybe hang a 24" small flat screen TV on each side of the GO.... for "around the room" viewing of the game.
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Thanks everyone! Makes sense. I think I was trying to make it harder than it needed to be
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