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Is this something that would be nite/day difference installing right away while the doors are being put on vs. putting them on later down the road?

Money is tight and not sure how expensive they are and how difficult the install is and rather I will have to pay someone to put them on. I did ask the guy at the metal buildings place about the people who come out to set your building up and he said they dont install them when they put up the building and the doors if i chose to add garage doors.I'm sure if they had the time and you paid them the money for their time they may, but i wouldnt count on it so I'm considering rather i need to get them right away with the doors being put on or what?

Any tidbit of info you can share as to the positives and negatives i'd appreciate it
 

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Motor and track suspended from the ceiling going to the door with a chain along the track. You push the opener remote and the motor pulls the chain which in turn pulls the door open or closed. You will want a 110v outlet close by.
 

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prices are all over the board but unless you catch a sale you get what you pay for.

that said I built a garage 5 years ago and "I" am still my own opener; no push button; I hung the doors myself, the torsion spring above the header is way better than the springs and cables ever were. they open quite easy (which would mean little to no strain on an electric) and you can adjust the opening effort by how tight you wind the springs; I actually had to "unwind" mine almost a full turn from the inst sheet, otherwise they wanted to open themselves, didnt want to stay down!
I have (2) 9X8 doors sometimes I wish I would have gone with a single big door.
I just put up a new door for a neighbor a few months back, his was a single big door. He already had an elec opener from his old door it was "nothing" to hook up.
you can add in the opener any time down the road.

I probably would have put openers on my doors (automatic not "manual" like I have now) but I bought a bran new still-in-the-box opener from a local auction house, they did a house cleanout where the guy bought one and never got it put up, thinking I got a good deal (really I did as compared to what they sell for) but I need 2 of them.

Problem (I think its a problem anyway) is that according to chamberlain, my opener was built between 97 and 04; in 05 they changed the radio technology starting in 05 so my "new-old" opener cant work off a newer remote, and a new one bought today cant open my current one; I'm debating selling mine that's still collecting dust and buying a pair of compatible openers that can both be opened by the same remote; they do have seperate radio frequencies so they wouldnt open off the same button... most remotes have 2-3 buttons on them for operating more than 1 door.

But to answer your question, yeah, a garage door opener can be added at any time later on (unless you fill taht garage to the brim meaning you no longer have the room to put them in down the road I'm about to that point myself!) you can NEVER have a big enough garage.
and, for what they want to have one installed, you can most likely handle it though it goes easier with a 2nd person around; get a buddy over and start the grill, get some beer and get to it.... you'll save yourself a ton vs contracting it out.
 

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prices are all over the board but unless you catch a sale you get what you pay for.

that said I built a garage 5 years ago and "I" am still my own opener; no push button; I hung the doors myself, the torsion spring above the header is way better than the springs and cables ever were. they open quite easy (which would mean little to no strain on an electric) and you can adjust the opening effort by how tight you wind the springs; I actually had to "unwind" mine almost a full turn from the inst sheet, otherwise they wanted to open themselves, didnt want to stay down!
I have (2) 9X8 doors sometimes I wish I would have gone with a single big door.
I just put up a new door for a neighbor a few months back, his was a single big door. He already had an elec opener from his old door it was "nothing" to hook up.
you can add in the opener any time down the road.

I probably would have put openers on my doors (automatic not "manual" like I have now) but I bought a bran new still-in-the-box opener from a local auction house, they did a house cleanout where the guy bought one and never got it put up, thinking I got a good deal (really I did as compared to what they sell for) but I need 2 of them.

Problem (I think its a problem anyway) is that according to chamberlain, my opener was built between 97 and 04; in 05 they changed the radio technology starting in 05 so my "new-old" opener cant work off a newer remote, and a new one bought today cant open my current one; I'm debating selling mine that's still collecting dust and buying a pair of compatible openers that can both be opened by the same remote; they do have seperate radio frequencies so they wouldnt open off the same button... most remotes have 2-3 buttons on them for operating more than 1 door.

But to answer your question, yeah, a garage door opener can be added at any time later on (unless you fill taht garage to the brim meaning you no longer have the room to put them in down the road I'm about to that point myself!) you can NEVER have a big enough garage.
and, for what they want to have one installed, you can most likely handle it though it goes easier with a 2nd person around; get a buddy over and start the grill, get some beer and get to it.... you'll save yourself a ton vs contracting it out.
yeah talking to the guy who runs the metal building place he said they are easy, real easy doors to go up and down and really I guess I'm looking at when its raining or whatever or just the gettign out of the vehicle to open the door but not sure it will be all that much of a strain. Only when its raining it would but maybe i will just see how it is and if i need to add them later on i will. Also depending on cost, ect. For me it would be fine, just mainly thinking about my wife but the guy said even for a women those doors are really really easy to go up and down. I put on a push up/down door from Lowes on my mancave and those arent bad either but I'm sure the ones those guys use, suppose to be chain pull ones i think, are easier to go up/down.
 

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I had mine installed by the dealer. They are 9x8. They are easy to install if this set is your 2000 set. Not that hard for the DIY. I built the garage myself and preplanned the studding in the ceiling and for the front support. The doors were installed before the sheetrock, it was easy to disconnect and slide the sheetrock up and reattach opener.
 

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I had mine installed by the dealer. They are 9x8. They are easy to install if this set is your 2000 set. Not that hard for the DIY. I built the garage myself and preplanned the studding in the ceiling and for the front support. The doors were installed before the sheetrock, it was easy to disconnect and slide the sheetrock up and reattach opener.
thanks for the pics. yeah i will probably just end up getting them later on down the road if i deem it necessary to have them but I might be ok with then notion of just manually putting them up/down
 

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Easy to install anytime. I had my garage built (cheaper than me doing it myself) and installed the opener 6 months later.
Only advice I can give you is make sure if the ceilings going to be finished is that you can figure out where the trusses are for fastening the perforated support angles to.
Also, be sure to install a plug for electrical before the ceilings finished, it's alot easier to do before, I made sure I knew where the plug had to be.
I also installed lots of switched recepticles in the ceiling for lights since I didn't know at the time what I was going to be using for lighting. It cost a few more dollars for the recepticles, boxes and plugs but it was well worth it as I've changed my lighting design a couple of times so far.
If you're going with an 8' ceiling, you'll have to use a quick turn kit for the top roller on the door. It allows the top panel to clear the lift mechanism....Mike
 

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As others have said they are pretty easy to install. There are 3 basic kinds: belt drive, chain drive and gear drive. I think belt drive is the cheapest and gear the most expensive. If you have a heavy door - get the chain or gear drive along with a motor that has metal not plastic gears. All now have remotes. Some have an exterior combo or key pad as an option. There are also different motor sizes. I have an 18' wide double metal door and the standard chain drive craftsman opener works just fine. BTW you can get replacement openers if necessary at Home Depot of Lowes. I got one cheaper on E-bay.

All openers have a pull cord that disconnects the drive bar from the chain or belt. This allows opening/closing in case of power loss.
 
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