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Old 03-23-2009, 01:15 PM
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My GF needs 2 garage doors installed. Standard size, 9ft wide X 7 ft high.

I will use the existing openers.

Local Dealer is quoting $900 each installed for a basic Clopay Value Insulated doors.

I was thinking of doing the installation myself, then again the torsion spring has me thinking otherwise.

Thoughts ?
Old 03-23-2009, 01:28 PM
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How much is your medical insurance deductable...

Pay the guys who do it for a living....or buy the doors install them and pay guys to do the spring work.


I'll bet when it is over your not going to save much...


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I did mine a little while back,then i paid the guy to come fix the one i had 1/2 done and hang the other one right.took me all day to half hang it wrong and him 2 hour's to do it righ and fix my screw up.
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It sounds a little high. I had 2 insulated 9X7's installed last year for $1600 hooked up to my existing openers.

The first few quotes I got were waaay out there. I ended up using a one man shop on a recommedation and he was great. I needed new bearing in my openers and he gave me 2 sets.
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That sounds way too high for just a door.

Two years ago I paid $1000 installed for a 9' X 7' Wayne Dalton 9600 series door including a Liftmaster 3280 3/4 HP belt driven opener.
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Thanks.

I stopped by HD this afternoon. They wanted $ 320 for the exact same door, additional $220 for installation.

I also learned the door does not have a torsion spring.

That said, I think I'm going to try one.......that is after the spring prep is done on the boat and it's in the water.
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If you are using coil springs be sure to install a cable secured at both ends to prevent a wild coil spring trashing whatever is within reach.

Them torsion springs and me don't see eye to eye. I've run into burning buildings but I'm not F'in with them things.
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If you are smart, you can do it, takes like 6 turns maybe 7 on the spring. If you are not, get those dumb guys to do it.
I've done several, no big deal.
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not out of the question for someone that is at home using tools and following directions. This is not one of those projects that is helped by having beer on hand.....
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I installed 2 Raynor garage doors myself. Raynor was the best I could find. Very happy with them. I think they are the best. My garage is a lot warmer in the winters and cooler in the summers.
The installation was not that hard. The first door was a little time consuming. I took my time with the installation. ( about 6-8 hours). The garage door opener took the most time. The next day I did the second door. That took about half the time as the first door. I heard all kinds of horror stories about the torsion springs. People loosing fingers, arms , etc. I used the proper tools, and took my time and made a weekend out of it. I found it not too difficult at all. Doors going on 4 years now and no problems.
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Originally Posted by BW23 View Post
Thanks.

I stopped by HD this afternoon. They wanted $ 320 for the exact same door, additional $220 for installation.

I also learned the door does not have a torsion spring.

That said, I think I'm going to try one.......that is after the spring prep is done on the boat and it's in the water.

I did my own, just follow the instructions and you should be fine. If you know how to use a level and simple hand tools you'll be okay.
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If you go to the Coplay website, you'll see that all they sell inresidential doors are sectional doors. Sectional doors (unless I've missed something) all go up and down in tracks and have torsion springs.

I recently installed three of them myself, Including an 18 foot wide, 12 foot high one. I'd never done one before and found the instructions easy to follow and did not have a problem. I personally see no big threat in tensioning the springs. It takes two rods of the right diameter to fit the holes and two people to do it. The only reason it takes to is soo one can hold the rod while the other tightens the set screws. Two peole makes handing the panels easier as well. Make sure you buy enough perforated 1 1/2 inch steel angle to support the tracks properly. The stuff is about $15 per length, so a lot of installers don't use enough. Home Depot sells it The fisrt door whill take you 6 hours and the second one will take you 4 hours

There is an essentail tool for the job and that's the Makita 18 volt Lithium Ion impact driver. You'll be the rest of your life putting the screws in any other way. The full model number is BTD142HW. Don't settle for anything less. It drives those self drilling screws in like magic.

There are all new openers out there that turn the main shaft instead of pulling on the door. I installed the Liftmaster 3800's and love 'em.
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I installed 2 cloplay 9X7's with the two straight bar springs on each side of the door. It wasn't a major deal. Basicly you assemble the door, stand it in place then assemble and mount the tracks along side the door. Squaring the tracks is critical and you could use a second pair of hands to help with this step. The springs are not a big deal. Once the door is on the tracks you can lift and prop it in the open position and there will be no or very little tension on the springs.
Then again for the price, an expert can set it up and adjust the springs, openers and tracking and there would be a lot less headaches....
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I just finished installing mine and it was a fairly easy job. Don't forget your 30% tax credit for installing the insulated doors on your tax return.
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I know way too much about the Garage Door Business on the OEM side. And have been to many plants. Stay away from Wayne Dalton and Clopay. Go with Raynor, OHD or CHI. listed in the proper order.

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