Originally Posted by statsman
We've already had to replace the support overhead tension (spring) system once, and since that time we've had one of the two overhead springs snap/break.
I use this as an example why we are NOT supposed to walk under a garage door going up or down! Our old neighbors had the thing break as the garage door was going up, and it came crashing down on their BMW or Lexus (can't remember which). We always try to have a spare part - it's some cheap plastic thing - around just in case. DH buys them from eBay. It seems like a real hazard to me, so I even called Genie, but they said (1) gotta keep door balanced (2) gotta inspect the doors regularly, and (3) nothing can be done to change it.
Does anyone know if all garage openers are like this or not? I'm talking about the safety hazard.
I just got my dad's house a new garage door and opener as part of the remodel in Oct 2007. It's for a one-car garage, so the Duraply door was $850, the priming of the paint $50, the mail slot $34 which included the bag, the opener was a Liftmaster 3280 (1/2 HP) for $450, permit was $55 for a total of about $1440. It has 1 row of windows, standard rectangle, and I had the mail slot closest to the entrance (from the inside). I was amazed at all the little decisions I had to make regarding the door (material, size of slot, etc.). This was in SF.