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    flashover52 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Apr 21, 2007, 09:25 PM
    Garage door opener prevents door from opening all the way -- how to fix?
    My wife and I moved into a house three months ago and we didn't realize this problem before we bought it. I'm trying to solve a problem with an existing garage door and Genie opener which due to the amount of backroom along the tracks, doesn't allow me to open the garage door the full length because of the motor head being in the way.

    I have some photos at:

    Could someone kindly let me know of any possible solutions you may have seen/heard used in similar instances? I found the Wayne-Dalton I-drive feature on the internet but the reviews indicate it's a very poor product. I've also found a Liftmaster direct drive option but I don't have enough space between the torsion shafts on adjacent doors.

    Is there some fancy accessory that I can install between the door and the carriage assembly that I don't know about? Or should I consider boring a hole through the glulam and running an extension kit on the screw drive track to put the motor on the other side of the beam?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks in Advance,

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    jsnbrd Posts: 26, Reputation: 4
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    Apr 22, 2007, 11:36 AM
    Nice pictures. The structural furr-down is a beam supporting the Joist for the ceiling. It appears as if you have enough track for the doors to open completely. Chances are the Furr-down (beam) is a solid glue-lam or power-beam. You can bore a hole in the glue-lam but this is a structural beam and it's integrity should not be compromised. Would I bore a hole in my Glue-lam, I would first evaluate what it is supporting. If it is just joists then the Glue-lam is probably well under it's bearing capacity. If there are walls above it or if the roof is supported off the beam it may be close to it's bearing capacity. Glue-lams are very strong you should consult with the manufacturer about the capacity and bearing capabilities before modifying the product. They would more than likely not give you a guarantee on drilling a hole but they may make you feel better about it.

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