I live in an old house- built in 1936. I want to get a garage door opener installed in the two-car garage. There is a metal garage door that I suspect was installed in the 50s or 60s. It runs on tracks at the sides. It works fine; it’s just heavy, and I’m lazy. This is a rental house, but my landlord is okay with me having it installed. I intend to pay for it myself.
This morning a guy came out to give me an estimate. The problem, as he explained it, is that the openers they sell require a depth of 10 feet from the front of the garage to the middle of the ceiling where the unit gets installed.
In this garage there is a crossbeam (not sure if that is precisely the correct term) at nine feet. This is a beam that runs across the width of the garage from side to side, parallel to the door. He said about an 18-inch section would have to be cut out of the middle of the beam so the opener motor could be installed there. They would not do the work; someone else would have to. Then there would be these two sections of beam just hanging there, unless they were attached to the beams above that they intersect with using some kind of angle brace or something. It just seems in inelegant and yukky solution.
Even if the crossbeam in question doesn’t support anything and could have a section removed, it just seems like there ought to be another way or another product. He quoted the opener itself plus installation at about $600, and with the construction added (by someone else), it could run upwards of $1,000. I’m not sure I’d even do this in my own house, but in a rental house… even less. My landlord would probably be okay with it, but I can’t believe there’s no product that will fit my garage. Surely people with quirky garages get openers installed?
So my question: does anyone know of a garage door opener out there that can be put in a space with a depth of nine feet? This is a hard thing to google. I guess I can call a few more places and explain my sitch before someone even comes out. But I’m turning to the wellspring of all knowledge regarding all known informaton: the SDMB.