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Old 12-16-2013, 10:32 AM   #141
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Garage door opener quit. Took it apart and found the worm gear drive ate the gear:



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$20 repair saved from buying a $200 opener. Nice polyethylene gear set from China in most garage door units. After a few years, the lithium grease dries out and one day it's all over for the gear. Nice..get used to Chinese low quality parts.
Thanks for this post! My garage opener stopped working a while back and I was looking at new openers - I read this post went to the garage - mine is a liftmaster also - opened the side panel and the worm gear had eaten the drive gear just like yours......ordered from the link you provided and $20 bucks later the door opens great!
This thread just "paid for itself!".
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New pool filter at the Az pad. $750.00. Last one was 23 years old. Guess can't whine too much about that.
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Here's a picture of that hog on the Web. It even made the news. Lots of bacon!

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Old 12-16-2013, 09:54 PM   #147
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Thanks for this post! My garage opener stopped working a while back and I was looking at new openers - I read this post went to the garage - mine is a liftmaster also - opened the side panel and the worm gear had eaten the drive gear just like yours......ordered from the link you provided and $20 bucks later the door opens great!
This thread just "paid for itself!".
Nice job! Once you start researching these residential garage door openers you find out the gear drive parts and motor is pretty much the same as in a host of openers (Chamberlain, Lift master, Sears, etc, etc.).

I bought an extra drive gear since the price was right ($8) and if it goes again, I am good. The actual worm gear seems to not fail as soon (or if my daughter's goes, we have the gear). These things fail when the lithium grease dries out over a period of years.
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Old 12-18-2013, 03:37 PM   #148
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Pushed in the "on" button on the computer this am, and it felt weak. And the computer did not come on.

Spent a few hours hooking up old computers and trying to get them to log onto my isp, but no luck. Finally took a look behind the "on" button on the dead pc, and found a loose strand of wire harness behind the "ON" button. This strand has a switch on it, and when I press the switch the computer comes on and works !!! Panic over. But time to check out new pc's, perhaps.
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Old 12-18-2013, 04:00 PM   #149
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Thanks for this post! My garage opener stopped working a while back and I was looking at new openers - I read this post went to the garage - mine is a liftmaster also - opened the side panel and the worm gear had eaten the drive gear just like yours......ordered from the link you provided and $20 bucks later the door opens great!
This thread just "paid for itself!".
OMG. That looks like the same piece of crap GM uses in their retractable headlight motors. Dealership wanted around $350 to replace the motor, replace the motor yourself for ~$125 or take the motor apart, replace the plastic gear for ~$4... It's such a common problem there is metal replacement gear for it

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OMG. That looks like the same piece of crap GM uses in their retractable headlight motors. Dealership wanted around $350 to replace the motor, replace the motor yourself for ~$125 or take the motor apart, replace the plastic gear for ~$4... It's such a common problem there is metal replacement gear for it

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I looked around but could not find a metal worm/gear replacement. You know, Chinese junk here and low dollar garage door openers......
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:00 AM   #151
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OMG. That looks like the same piece of crap GM uses in their retractable headlight motors. Dealership wanted around $350 to replace the motor, replace the motor yourself for ~$125 or take the motor apart, replace the plastic gear for ~$4... It's such a common problem there is metal replacement gear for it

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Exactly. I just fixed my pop up headlights in my 1988. Cost me $7.99 per headlight for 2 sets of plastic bushings, plus many hours of careful disassembly and reassembly, but I have plenty of time now so that was OK. Dealership wanted some astronomical price to do it. The plastic gears were OK, but the bushings were crumbled up.
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:33 AM   #152
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I also replaced the (plastic) worm drive on one of my Craftsman garage door openers a few years ago. It was much cheaper than having a service person come out and diagnose/do the repair.

Speaking of garage door problems, I also had a problem last year with the sensors on both doors when the weather turned cold. The doors would not go down using the remote. The only way was to hold the switch down in the garage to get them to close. A simple fix for both doors cost me less than $50, total.

Example: 41A5034 Liftmaster Sears Craftsman Sensor Cells Photo Eyes Garage Door Opener | eBay

We've had the hardware installed for over 19 years, so I can't complain on the little problems we have had - other than the lift springs replaced; a job that I would not do myself.

BTW, the one reason that metal on metal parts may not be used is that if you have a failure with the system, the "cheaper part" gets damaged. I would hate to replace the motor if it burned up due to the gear binding for any condition - FWIW...
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Old 12-20-2013, 03:45 PM   #153
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the 28 year old water heater finally gave out. Can't complain about that. The cost of a new one--$1K. Hope it lasts another 28 years.
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:24 PM   #154
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Here's another DIY that saved me a bunch of money. About 10 years ago my parents gave me a very nice grandfather clock that they no longer wanted. I think the clock is about 40 years old. Since I have owned it the clock has kept very good time and the chimes worked perfectly until a couple of weeks ago. All of a sudden the clock started striking 20-30 times on the hour.

I could have called in a company that cleans and fixes clocks but I am sure that would be at least $200 and likely much more. I figured it was worth a shot to try to fix it myself. I looked over the mechanism and located the parts that control the number of strikes on the hour. It was a simple case disassembling a few pieces and lubricating a pivot point. Now the clock is working perfectly again.

I get a lot of satisfaction when I can fix it myself and save a chunk of change.
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Water under the house (pier and beam) mostly likely from the heavy rains... now plumbing leak in shower drain. Today's my last day at work, retiring tomorrow... so guess that's par for the course in ER...
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Water under the house (pier and beam) mostly likely from the heavy rains... now plumbing leak in shower drain. Today's my last day at work, retiring tomorrow... so guess that's par for the course in ER...
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I find that keeping my home warm (with wood) and repairing/upgrading it keeps me quite busy. I enjoy these tasks for the most part tho

My son is home from college so we will be cutting firewood. We had a couple trees and alot of branches come down in the last snow storm. Much easier for me to cut and him stack in the truck...than me doing both!

My latest repair was a broken frozen pipe in the guest house - fortunately on the covered porch behind the washer so only some drywall damage. The floor is spaced redwood.
I used the alligator press on "dohickys" What a great product! All I did was cut below the burst copper cleaned any burrs and pressed on a new connector, no heating and sweating joints .
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Toilets started draining very slow after flushing, but a few hours later are working OK. Momentary clog, I assume. A couple of days later, I hear toilets gurgling whenever the laundry washer went into spin cycle. I'm on a 30-year old septic system, so I'm thinking that these could be signs of something not good. Two plumbers, some digging, and a pump truck later, it was determined that the sump pump in the holding tank had stopped working. Replaced sump pump and all is fine. The failed pump was 30 years old, so I can't complain. My neighbor whose house was built at the same time as mine, and who is also on septic, is on his 3rd pump.
After watching the plumber replace the pump, I realized that it is a simple job that I could do myself it happens again. OTOH, there are just some jobs that is is worth paying someone else to do the 'dirty work'. I think this may be one of them.
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I applied a "this will hold ya through Christmas" fix to a toilet using a long drywall screw and cable ties. Felt good about saving ~$10 in the short run...
Then I got an estimate on a new well pump and water tank (overdue replacement/maintenance).
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Some systems are just tapped into a sump hole cover.........

That's all we have. We asked for it when the house was built in 2000. Builder charged us $300, I think. Our house was the 1st one built in the subdivision and the plumber assumed it was a standard feature of the builder so all our neighbors got the same system at no charge. The idea is to only add a fan only if it's necessary.
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1st day of retirement was Tuesday... came down with flu... today is Friday, plumber fixed leak yesterday and today came back to replace water heater.... crap!
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