i bought this 7 year old house several years ago,
and the garage door has always been noisy, at least to me
[it's a sectional door with small wheels, on a track]
will a new opener solve the noise problem, or is it most likely the door itself?
it's a Genie Pro [something] opener
On 8/16/2015 3:09 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Apparently every body believes in lubing the door. I
have heard that you should not do that because the lube
will catch dust. YMMV I do know I have had one where
somebody greased the track. Bad news.
Then there is another possible source of noise. The opener may
be coupling to the structure through the supports. On
"Ask This Old House" one time they had that problem.
It was fixed by isolating the opener from its mount.
In that episode they used pieces of truck tire to make
short extenders. Cut 2 strips of truck tire to be about
3 or 4 inches long. Drill through the ends and use the
strips as hangers between the mount and the motor.
It worked for them. They got the truck tire by stopping
along the high way and picking it up.
I'm one person who thinks it's a good idea to
try the quick and simple solution, first. If
you'd like to hire sesismologists with big
seismograph, and have them study for a few months
at your expense, then have at it.
On Sun, 16 Aug 2015 13:09:29 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Genie openers usually use a screw drive system. That's where your
noise is coming from. They sell small tubes of graphite lube (I think
that's it - its been a while) for them. Running the lube along the
length of the screw quiets them. Its amazing how quiet they become. I
do mine every few years. I have never tried spray or WD-40 or oil so
I can't speak for any of that, but the stuff made for the job is what
Genie says must be used and it works wonders.
On Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 4:09:42 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
All of the lube suggestions are great, but I'll offer one more noise-
If the GDO is attached directly to the ceiling joists, consider isolating it
from the hard surface by suspending it on heavy duty rubber straps.
I did that many years ago and it not only reduced the noise in the garage,
but also virtually eliminated the noise that was transmitted to the room
above the garage, enough that my 2 young boys no longer woke up whenever the
GDO was used.
I used 2" wide strips of rubber that was basically the same make-up as a
1/2" thick conveyor belt. 20 years later and the strips are as good as new.
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