I have a new (6 mo.) house that I installed an Overhead Door screw drive
garage door opener ( see
). The opener itself is great and quiet, but the door rattles and still
has a rough sound while opening (and not as loud when closing). It uses
nylon wheels on the door. Is there a way to get it to open more smoothly
and therefore more quietly?
(please reply in newsgroup)
The sound may come from loose or dry hinge joints between the door panels.
Could also be segment joints bind when coming together. Check for paint/
crud between segments. Then tighten up all the nuts on the inside door
hardware, then using your finger to push a good silicone or worm gear grease
into the pins of the segment hinges. Hardware stores sell grease for
screwdrives and other door hardware. I find oil works, but for a much
Also check how tight the mounting bolts are that fasten the tracks to the
wall and ceiling.
just a note of caution.. neighbor who is 6 ft. 6in. and strog as a bull
was working on his garage door and took the springs off and then pulled
the door down... all four panels came down and he grabbed them and was
stuck there trying to hold it up.. he let out a loud scream and then
dropped them down and they hit the ground with some damage... when i
have to remove the door panels i make sure i get them down one at a
time.. and use a couple of pair of vice grips(i got about 6 pairs around
the tool box).. to hold the other panels up by putting the vice grips in
various places along the track.. hope this helps.... if its real cold
where you are located and it just started making the noise it might be
the weather.. on mine which is about 30 yrs. old the old grease was like
cement and had to be removed from the screw and the track when the
weather got cold it would reverse.. i took the screw drive down and
brought it in the back yard and sprayed it with brake cleaner to cut the
old grease and then cleaned up the track and the rollers and it worked
First try disconnecting the opener and test the door. How noisy is it
Ok try the opener without the door.
Next take a look at the connection between to two. The arm and the
links. Watch it work, is that what is vibrating? Check the alignment.
Still not found it? Try CAREFULLY holding you hand to parts of the door
and track as it moves to see if you can feel the source of the noise.
I thought my garage door was making too much noise also and I hesitated to
use it especially early in the morning or late at night for fear of
bothering my neighbors.
One day I was working in my yard, just a few feet from my garage, when my
brother opened the garage door. I heard almost no sound. From the inside all
sounds were magnified many time and sounded like the door was falling to
pieces, but on the outside it was nice and quite. Is your six month old door
that noisy on both the inside and outside?
I sparingly spray liquid wrench on the screw track once in a while.
I have a crew drive opener as well.
Also wet the springs with car motor oil to prevent early psring fail.
HD has some Genie screw drive grease in a small tube that I apply ever
march. Tube about length of finger and diameter of thumb. Mine is
six years old and got a couple more in it. Use very sparingly. Don't
forget the hinging spots between panels also.
On Wed, 4 Feb 2004 19:15:40 -0600, Hound Dog wrote:
It is louder inside than out, but most disturbing in the room above. The
sound is coming from the door and not the opener. If I use the manual door
release lever, it is very quiet.
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Lemee see if I understand what you jst wrote. By "manual door release
lever" I take it you mean the framustat which disconnects the opener's
carriage from the drive screw.
I read that you're saying with that link disconnected, someone can open
and close the door by hand, and the noise in the room above it isn't
And also, with it disconnected you can run the screw drive opener and
the noise upstairs isn't bad either.
If that's the case, it sure sounds like it'd be the opener making
unacceptable noise only when it's "loaded" by pushing or pulling on the
If that's the case, you ought to look into using anti-vibration shock
mounts between the opener and the house structure. Try them first
between the opener power head and what it's mounted to overhead. You may
also need to use them between the front end of the opener "track" and
the structure it connects to.
Good luck with it.
Jeff (Who just puts up with the same kind of noise in the family room
above our garage...)
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying."
That leads to only one conclusion. It is the "accelerated opening"
opener that causes the door to be so noisy. That's also why it is
louder when it opens then when it closes since the opener closes at
normal speed. Open the door by hand as fast as the opener & it will
probably make close to the same noise.
Therefore w/ this opener's fast opening I believe your door is always
going to be noisy. I also truly believe (as stated in earlier postings
in this group)that in my opinion garage doors were not made or
designed to open at this rate of speed. If you look at the door hinges
closely the sides of the hinges are probably bending inward. As the
sides bend inward they rub harder on the center roll pin & this is
what causes the noise.
I have heard there is a way to turn off the fast opening but I do not
know how you do it. If the opener open at a normal speed like most
openers & if the hinges were straight your door w/ the nylon rollers
would probably not make very much noise at all.
I have been in garages w/ this type of opener & doors that are 6
months old & it literally sounds like the door is falling apart and at
some point they probably will.
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