Can I Avoid the Garage Door Opener Installation Death Wish?
March 21, 2013 3:38 PM Subscribe
Will installing a replacement garage door opener (as opposed to a new one from scratch) relieve me from worrying about death by tension spring if I do-it-myself?
posted by anonymous to home & garden (8 answers total)
I need a new garage door opener to be installed. I have been putting it off doing it myself because I am afraid of getting injured from the tension spring. In fact, I have three friends who have permanent facial scars due to tension springs injuring them, thus my fear.
However, I am considering giving it a go, anyway, because:
1) I am extremely handy around the house: I do all house repairs and remodels except for anything involving natural gas lines (and tension springs).
2) I am replacing an existing garage door opener; I am not starting from scratch. The tension spring is already there, the door tracks are smooth, there is already bracing coming from the ceiling for the opener, etc...
Of course I understand everything else is still relevant with installing an opener (wiring for the censors, adjustments, etc), but for the purposes of my question, I am only concerned about the possibility of injury.
Given points 1 and 2, above, is this actually a simple (relatively speaking) project and I am worried about nothing?
(P.S. Anon because this is actually a surprise for someone's birthday who might be searching for the same type of question on my behalf.)