Open, Sesame!

| My garage-door opener gave up the ghost several months ago, and when I did some casual pricing of new doors I quickly decided that I could open and shut the door manually for a while, thank you very much. Then, as it happened, I was in Costco one day when they had a kiosk set up demonstrating their garage doors and openers, and I was quite impressed. But since that was still before I decided to sell, I filed the info in the remote recesses of my mind.

But now that I'm getting ready to list the house, a broken garage-door opener would be a definite negative, so I called and got an estimate from Costco for the door I had seen. I handed over my credit card and awaited installation.

The new door arrives

Never having considered the mechanics of removing or installing a garage door, I was surprised to see the new door arrive on a pickup truck and look like so little. I was also expecting a crew of at least two people, but José assured me he could handle it all by himself, no problem. And it apparently was not. He took the old door out one panel at a time, starting at the top, then removed the rails and opener mechanism. After installing the new rails, he put the new one in one panel at a time, starting at the bottom. Doh!

There was a small kerfuffle about power for the new motor. The old one, you see, had been hard-wired with a long cord running from the motor through a hole punched in the wall (and later sealed up) to an outlet in the closet with the furnace and water heater. The new one required an outlet on the ceiling near the motor.

From the old motor
hole_300 Through a hole in the wall
wall-plug_300 To this outlet

There was a bit of back-and-forth with another José who called from the company to ask if I had an extension cord to plug in the motor. We talked past each other for a while until he finally said he would buy me an extension cord and come by this afternoon to plug it in.

The old wiring was clearly not "code" and if the guy who came to measure for the door had said I'd need an outlet, that would have been fine. Obviously he didn't think of it, and I, caring only about how much and when, never gave it a thought. But to have someone call after my old door is gone, and the new one is still a pile of parts, to tell me I had to have an extension cord? No.

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The kerfuffle notwithstanding, it's a wonderful door. It is incredibly quiet and very smart: when closing, the door slows down as it nears the ground for a "soft landing," and if the door encounters an obstacle before reaching the floor it stops automatically.

Delivered and installed: $1072. Great door, great value. Go Costco.

Of course, that doesn't include the cost of the electrician to install a proper outlet.

Last updated on Apr 13, 2018



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