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Re: Auto Lifts

To: "Trevor Boicey" <>, "Michael Lye" <>
Subject: Re: Auto Lifts
From: "Rex Burkheimer" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 16:04:37 -0500
>   After that, I just had to tighten the garage door
> spring a few turns

It probably should be mentioned here that adjusting those springs is not for
the faint of heart.  I understand (not from experience) that they can bite
you bigtime if you don't know what your are doing.

Rex Burkheimer
Marketing Director, WM Automotive Warehouse
Fort Worth TX

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 Average minds discuss events;
 Small minds discuss people.
----- Original Message -----
From: Trevor Boicey <>
To: Michael Lye <>
Cc: shop-talk <>
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2000 2:19 PM
Subject: Re: Auto Lifts

> Michael Lye wrote:
> >
> > Trevor,
> >
> > I'd be interested in hearing about the modifications to your garage
> > door. Currently the track for one of my doors is just at head level when
> > I walk in from the house (two steps down to the garage.) Haven't hit my
> > head yet but it's just a matter of time
>   (I sent Michael images, if anybody wants them I can sent
> them as well)
>   My garage door is typical, in that it goes up to about
> six feet, then the track curves 90 degrees, so when it was up
> the garage door was flat, about 8 feet off the ground.
>   This wasn't good for the lift, because it smacks right into
> the rear windscreen of the car on top.
>   In my case, my garage was deep enough that the "corner" in
> the track could stay where it was, all I was needed was the
> "top" of the garage door to be closer to the ceiling when
> it was raised.
>   So all I did was to take the angle grinder, and cut
> notches in the curved part of the track, then I straightened
> it out so instead of curving 90 degrees it curved more
> like 70 degrees. Then I welded up the notches again, ground
> down some edges, and the track was done.
>   The "top" ends of the track and the garage door opener
> had to be moved up two feet to the ceiling, but that was
> easy because it was mounted with that meccano-set steel
> with many holes, so I just used a higher hole on every
> piece and cut off the excess.
>   After that, I just had to tighten the garage door
> spring a few turns so it would hold the garage door
> on the slant, adjust the limit switches for the opener,
> and it was done.
>   When open, my garage door is now only about 6 inches from the
> ceiling, and the car on the hoist will hit the roof before it
> comes into the plane of the garage door. (that's good for
> safety, so I don't open the door to get some fresh air
> and crunch something)
> --
> Trevor Boicey, P. Eng.
> Ottawa, Canada,
> ICQ #17432933
> "Outta my way, nature!" - Marge

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