Garage overhead doors can be very heavy and are the single biggest moving component in most people’s homes. There are many aspects of these doors that must be inspected and maintained to not only provide proper operation of the door but to prevent injury to persons either using the door or even in the vicinity of the door.
In this post I am not going to discuss all of these things.
For further information about how to inspect and test your garage overhead door check out the DASMA Testing Protocols.
Today I just want to share with you this picture of one person’s solution to installing an automatic opener for an overhead door. In the 60’s when everything was “groovy” we would say that it is “out of sight.” In this case that is also where the opener is. In order to make it “out of sight” the garage ceiling under the upper bedroom had to be compromised. This violates the fire-resistant surfaces between the garage and the living space and could allow the spread of fire and hazardous gases into the ceiling structure—which would not be considered “groovy.”
There are some “far out” overhead door openers that can be installed right at the door opening when there is no room on the ceiling “far out” from the door opening.
Now isn’t that “outta-sight?”
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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