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Joined: Dec 26 2006

I am interested in installing a gargage door opener on my standard rolling Eichler doors. Until about a week ago, I was using a standard Sears-type opener that acutually lasted for about 15 years. Sadly, the motor died and its time to replace.

I was wondering if anyone had knowledge of a true rolling door opener or something that could be used on an Eichler wihtout too much modification?

Thanks, Peter

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Joined: Oct 17 2006

I too am interested in adding a garage door opener to my slidding garage door. I'd like to see existing installations to see how it is done. I found an installer with experience but the price is about $600 per door! Therefore, I'd like to explore the posibility of installing it myself. e-mail fcloonie@comcast.net

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Joined: Mar 22 2003

Do you both have the double doors that slide, for the 2-car garage type? We had ours done about 2 years ago and they are great. I think we paid about $1200 in total, which would come out to about $600 per door. To us, it was well worth the very nominal price. For those on the cheap or who are DIY'ers, maybe not, but IMHO the contractor earned his $$ and was not paid excessively high, considerding the time it took, his skill level, and that the all inclusive price included all the hardware and materials.

If still interested, post your email address and I will provide contact info. PS: he is licensed and is in Campbell.

Cathye

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Joined: Feb 26 2007

I have a dual sliding Eichler garage door.

I have a contact for well-regarded installer for sliding door automatic garage doors. The price quoted was for around $600 a side. He works the SF Peninsula. I'll e-mail it to who ever wants it if they send me an e-mail to fcloonie AT comcast DOT net specifying what they want.

I spent all the money I had buying the house. I'm very handy. I can't afford to pay someone that kind of money at this time but I would like to have an automatic door opener on at least one side.

I spite of needing to do this project inexpensively, I'd be interested in receiving the referral from Cathye. My e-mail is in this post.

I notice a neighbor has an automatic garage door opener on their Eichler. I'll approach them about their installation.

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Joined: Apr 2 2003

Sometime ago, one of our handy Eichler owners posted instructions on installing a garage door opener on an Eichler original sliding door. Were you aware of that posting?

If so, and you are looking for an simpler or different solution, fine. If not, here's a link that will get you to a copy of the page. (I couldn't find the post quickly using the Search button here .)

http://eichlergarageopener.notlong.com

Cheers.
krk

eichfan at rawbw dot com

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Joined: Apr 19 2007

sorry... revival of an old post (via the search feature no less).

cathye: wondering if you have any pix of your dual openers. i definitely get how folks -- like tod -- installed the track-style standard opener on one side (thanks for the web-tutorial, tod), i'm not sure how it would work on both doors.

we're definitely interested in DIY solutions, so if anyone has pix of their installs and would like to share them, please drop me a line: red (at) redneckmodern (dot) com.

thanks.

--

"better living through open-source technology, DIY hacks and neighborly tips"

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Joined: Nov 5 2007

Hi. If anyone has that contractor's contact information for automating the garage door from Cathye, can you please back channel it to me? I've tried contacting Cathye offline, but my email bounced back...
Thanks much!
Purvi

Tod
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Joined: Mar 21 2003

Jake wrote:
Sometime ago, one of our handy Eichler owners posted instructions on installing a garage door opener on an Eichler original sliding door. Were you aware of that posting?

If so, and you are looking for an simpler or different solution, fine. If not, here's a link that will get you to a copy of the page. (I couldn't find the post quickly using the Search button here .)

http://eichlergarageopener.notlong.com

Cheers.
krk

That archive.org link is not pulling up all the photos for me. Since that is my site, I'll give you the link:

http://www.fitchfamily.org/Tod/Eichler/Garage/

Be advised that my hokey linkage between the door and the opener gave out a little while back and I have revised how that is done but never updated the photos.

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Joined: Aug 2 2011

I have posted my garage door opener install details in my blog.

http://greenmeadoweichler.blogspot.com

Some of the ideas are directly from Fitch Family site or from osunick. Some are my own. Hope you get some use out of it. I will be glad to answer any questions.

--raj

 

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Joined: Aug 14 2012

I was inspired by this thread to motorize one of my doors.

Pictures are here

I used a Sommer 1HP opener that I bought from Amazon.com.

In order to place the opener's track close to the door, I installed the electrical box at the end of the door track. This had one side effect: the safety "electric eye" is only active while the door is closing as it is designed for roll up doors. The way i setup my opener, the eye would be active when the door is opening. The fix turned out to be very easy: I opened the motor box (the cover is just clipped on), swapped the two motor leads and exchanged the two limit switch cables. All the connections are via push in connectors, so no tools were required!

As you can see from the pictures, I did fabricate several steel custom brackets. I did it this way because I have the tools and skills. Someone more comfortable with wood working could also get to the same result using that material.

I would be happy to answer any questions and take more pictures. 

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Joined: Nov 15 2012

I would like to see existing installations to see how it is done. I found an installer with experience but the price is about $550 per door.

John45

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