garage door


New roll-up overhead garage door, parts, and Liftmaster

Today is the day - the new Amarr roll-up garage door parts get installed. As is typical, the contractor was late, showing up at 2:30 p.m. instead of the 11:00-1:00 window. I decided to go ahead and let him do the job instead of telling him to take a hike. This kind of behavior from contractors is typical, as you are probably already aware.

The tardiness was of particular concern. Most contractors are usually in a hurry to finish a job so they can meet up with the buds at the bar and watch "the game". The last thing I wanted was a contractor in a hurry because it usually means cutting corners. That's something you should not tolerate in any contractor you hire for a job around your home. And indeed, corners were cut as you can read later on.

Anyway, once he did arrive the installer was friendly, with perfectly good use of English. No apologies were offered for being late, but he got right to work. Looking at his truck it was hard to imagine that he had a new garage door in there somewhere. But the bulk of the roll-up door is neatly packaged in four section parts or panels plus springs and hardware.

First, he would get started removing the old garage door parts followed by adding some framing to the doorway so that everything out fit properly. Installation of the new roll-up overhead door parts would follow, and finish up with the Liftmaster garage door opener. There will be more on this in the next page.

It is a noisy process, so nervous pets and sleeping children will need to be accommodated. The good news is that it doesn't take that long for the new garage door parts to be installed. As I mentioned, out installer was an hour and a half late showing up. But he was done by 6:00 p.m. Three and a half hours - not too bad.

As you'll read through, not everything was perfect. Far from it, and the installer had to come back a second time to fix some things - parts that were not installed correctly. More on that later - but for now, figure that this kind of thing costs you a lot of money in lost work or other productive time.


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