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Unread 08-02-2009, 10:48 AM   #1
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Mine's is broke so the opener looks like it's struggling. I wondered how much so I pulled the released lever and couldn't believe how heavy the damn door really is!

I hear you need to have specialized/licensed people to replace the springs -- I can understand this. Does anyone have a recommendation for this? I'm on the West side.
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Unread 08-03-2009, 01:26 PM   #2
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I think the springs are high tensioned so I wouldn't f with them. My dad got his door and installed by raynor....they are pretty good. I think they're based in waipahu.
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western overhead is good also, they do quality work.

and yeah, the springs are pretty heavy duty. better to leave the job for the pros than have it come loose and hurt you (or any bystanders).
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Unread 08-03-2009, 04:35 PM   #4
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My brother works for Raynor Garage Doors. If you need help, let me know.
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Unread 08-03-2009, 08:31 PM   #5
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Cool. Thanks. I'll give Raynor a call. I think I actually used them the last time for my garage door opener, but for some reason they slipped my mind. Getting old.
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i've used Raynor which i think is owned by Servco now.

last couple of times i called them, they had trouble going out to the property and the price for repair seemed to be a little high.

so we were forced to find someone else. H&H now does work for us and a fairly recent spring change was about $200 for the roll up kind door, which is cheap. i keep forgetting the owners name but he's a real nice guy. a complete change out of the motor was only $375 at a different property.

on the roll up doors, those springs are under tension, they use these steel rods to crank up the spring after its set. of course you need to know how many turns to start off with and if you don't know what you are doing you can get seriously hurt.
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ayup.

those springs are serious business.

i remember on one of those discovery channel shows where they have to build stuff, they made some kind of spring-loaded catapult for a pumpkin chuckin' contest using garage door springs.

with a couple of springs and enough people to put some tension on them, they were launching pumpkins hundreds of feet.
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haha... cool
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I got quotes from a couple of other places...they were between $250 - $260. Raynor quoted $260 and I would pay even more just because they are a known entity for me. Guy came before 8 and finished in 30 mins!

I studied what he did...I don't think it was all that complicated. But I think I rather pay someone to do it right the first time.

In the end, my door opens and closes effortlessly. Installer made the door "Hot"...he said the spring will break-in and will be perfect in 6-8 months....I just nodded and acted like I knew what he meant...LOL. I think he mean't he tensioned the springs a bit more.

Big friendly guy -- he was so loud, everyone in my neighboorhood must've heard him. I'll keep using Raynor.
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glad to hear it went smooth. $260 is a good price. everything seems to have gone up a little.
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Glad to hear it went smooth. If it didn't go smooth, my brother will probably end up looking at it and fixing it. lol
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Mine's is broke so the opener looks like it's struggling. I wondered how much so I pulled the released lever and couldn't believe how heavy the damn door really is!

I hear you need to have specialized/licensed people to replace the springs -- I can understand this. Does anyone have a recommendation for this? I'm on the West side.
Aloha shaka.hi ... as a professional handyman in Oahu .. ive had the opportunity of fixing and reapiring garage doors ..... how can I help ... other than take a look at it....
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