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1/22/2020 12:12:56 PM
Posted: 11/22/2012 12:50:01 PM EST
I have one I need to replace, but if it is more than an hour job, I would rather work overtime to get the money to pay somebody else to do it. I figured it should be simple since I have one already installed, but every time I have what I thought was a simple job, I waste an entire day getting it done.

So what do you guys think?
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 12:57:38 PM EST
Not that hard. An afternoon at the most.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 12:58:26 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 12:59:17 PM EST
Working with yo hands is for suckas!

Seriously, its not bad to do if you are replacing one. A new install takes a while.

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Link Posted: 11/22/2012 1:00:25 PM EST
if it has all the wiring in place already for the sensors and stuff, it should be real easy. you can probably use the same door bracket. will probably take longer to read the instuctions and assemble it than to bolt it the celaing
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 1:09:01 PM EST
The hanger brackets that hold the head up don't always line up the same from one brand to the next.
It may take a little McGyvering if you run into that problem.

Some brands are easier to assemble and install than others.

If you've installed dozens of them, it's not bad, and you can anticipate problems. If it's the first one you've ever done, it might be easy, or it might be a huge pain in the butt.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 1:12:25 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/22/2012 1:12:38 PM EST by d90king]
Not too sure, but its easy to break them.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 1:27:30 PM EST
If a replacement takes more than an hour chu got issues.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 1:31:44 PM EST
If you are replacing it with the same one, just unbolt and replace.

If you are switching to a different one, it still isn't that bad and may line up exactly with the previous one.

Just know that the door will NOT fully close if the sensors are blocked or uneven/unhooked.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 3:12:52 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 3:15:20 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 3:34:01 PM EST
Not terrible.

I have done them in less than an hour and some have taken all day
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 3:41:26 PM EST
Originally Posted By Badass03:
Not terrible.

I have done them in less than an hour and some have taken all day

that's been my experience

Link Posted: 11/22/2012 3:52:59 PM EST
If I did it, it would be what can go wrong will go wrong, but that's how I roll
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 3:57:04 PM EST
I ve done 2 or 3 . not the easiest but not all that hard either . a helper is good
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 4:15:14 PM EST
I put one up last week. Took 3-4 hours, not hard. Just have a helper when you have to lift the motor.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 4:26:59 PM EST
Just do it. If you can read, measure, and use a few common hand
tools you can do it.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 10:18:27 PM EST
Just don't put one up if you're having record high temps. Almost got heat stroke from that...
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 10:39:43 PM EST
Mine broke last year. The gear stripped out from not putting lube on the door tracks.
I took it apart, figured out which parts were worn. Then reinstalled it.

Took maybe two hours to reinstall and adjust the length of travel. I could of paid someone to do it. But I like to know how things work, and I like to work with my hands.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 11:22:48 PM EST
Originally Posted By dalesimpson:
I paid a guy $65 per opener to install them in our new garage. It certainly wasn't his first time doing it and it still took him all day to do 3 of them.

At 65$ per opener I'm not fishing wire, I'm stapling that shit to the drywall. If it took him all day, he's a retard. I can slam them out in 1.5 hours as long as they are the openers of my choice
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 11:39:12 PM EST
I bought one and installed it a couple of years ago. It came with a DVD showing how to install it, and that made it pretty simple.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 11:41:29 PM EST
I paid to have it done, but I needed my spring to be re-tensioned as well so it was worth the $80.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 11:51:57 PM EST
If you have to ask, pay to have it done.
Link Posted: 11/23/2012 1:20:31 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/23/2012 3:34:58 AM EST by PlaneJane]
As a rule of thumb, installing anything that's bigger than you are is a pain in the ass.

ETA: Never mind. I was thinking garage door and opener.
Link Posted: 11/23/2012 2:03:20 AM EST
I've installed three of them in my time. First one was easy, but took about 2 hours as I was learning. The second one was really quick. The third one was on a house that was old and took about 3 hours. I had to replace everything and do a bunch of drilling.
Link Posted: 11/23/2012 2:07:44 AM EST
Originally Posted By BallisticTip:
If you have to ask, pay to have it done.

Link Posted: 11/23/2012 4:48:15 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/23/2012 5:00:16 AM EST
My dad and I installed a Chamberlain 1/2 hp one in my garage in about 2 hours. Electric was already run, and we just stapled the wires for the controls and sensor. Neither of us had ever installed one before. From what I understand, the Chamberlain openers are intended to be easier for consumers to install. The directions were pretty self explanatory.
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