I am considering replacing my garage door opener. The present opener
(Stanley) has been in place since 1992 and has chain drive. It has worked
I see that there are basically two types of openers, screw drive and chain
Are there advantages of screw type openers over the chain drives?
I would probably have the installation done by someone else-HD or Lowes.
The worm gear ones are definitely easier to install, assemble and
adjust. I've had both over the years but prefer the screw drive. I
do remember spending a lot of time assembling the chain on my old
house, on my new house I installed 2 worm drives in probably one
fourth the time as that old chain drive.
The screw drives are suspose to be quieter in operation. Easy to install.
While not in your question, do you have the long springs that run the length
of the garage or the torsion springs that are installed over the top of the
door ? When the torsion springs break then will stay on the rods over the
door while the long springs over the cars can hit them and cause some
re: "while the long springs over the cars can hit them and cause some
Not if they were installed with the containment cables:
A co-worker pulled into his garage, got out of his car and hit the
button to close the garage door. The spring broke and smacked him
across the side of the head, knocking him unconcious. He was out of
work for a couple of weeks and when he came back his face was mess of
stitches and bruises. The doctors said he was "lucky" it was a
glancing blow or it probably would have killed him.
There are basically 2 companies that make garage door openers, Genie
and Chamberlin. Chamberlin also makes the Liftmaster and Craftsman
brands. I recommend Genie since they are made in the USA and you will
get a warm fuzzy feeling inside to help some of your fellow American's
stay employed. (I am assuming you are in the USA, if you are really
in Mexico, disregard what I said and buy the Chamberlin).
As others have said, the screw drive is quieter.
On Tue, 9 Jun 2009 14:01:06 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
( my openers have rubber belts...not mention)
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On Thu, 11 Jun 2009 07:17:23 -0700, Nucular Reaction
No affiliation. Go to HD/Lowe's and examine the Martin doors for
If a product is good, I really don't care if it was made in Two Egg,
IIRC, the company started in California - aka People's Republic of
I've found the screw drive easier to install and adjust and quieter. I
particularly like the newest Genie I have which is their "Excelerator"
model. It's opening speed is almost twice as fast as 'normal'. One
genie screw drive I've got is going on 30 years old.
thanks for the replies.
we are kind of updating our house, and I just thought the garage door opener
was probably nearing the end of its life. it does have a couple of minor
problems that could probably be corrected by adjustments.
and I assumed that newer openers had better safety features and security
features. recently, the springs broke (middle of door with long rod thru
it) and the door almost fell on the car. but no damage done.
but-maybe I'll keep this one for awhile.
again, thanks for replies.
Why then replace it?????????????????
And if replaced where would the perfectly well operating one (only 17
years old!) go; the landfill?
I've got a 31-year-old, chain-drive, Craftsman. About ten years ago, I
replaced the worn nylon gears. It continues to work well. It has had one
upgrade: A CFL replaced the regular bulb about a year ago. And I added
grease to the chain about a decade back.
As for your sprung springs, they're not part of the opener.
Regarding safety features, don't you want your children to have all the
opportunities you had?
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