Experience of an older gentleman- new garage door.

Twisted_Metal

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Feb 26, 2004
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When I had my driveway replaced a month ago, there was a little “accident”.

My garage door got bumped and two of the panels were damaged.

I happened to get the name of a guy with years of garage door experience from a landscaper a couple of weeks earlier.

I called him, got an estimate and agreed to have him replace the 25 year old door.

He didn’t want any help as he has his own methods of doing this job.

He unloaded the new door, disassembled the old door, tracks/spring system and loaded them into his truck.
He then installed the new tracks and door, made final adjustments and had the entire job finished in UNDER THREE HOURS!

Mind you… This is a 68 year old guy working completely by himself!

I’m working from home so I didn’t get to see much of his procedure but I checked on his progress every half hour or so.
I was dumbfounded as to how any one guy could get so much done in those brief periods of time.

I am completely overwhelmed with this guy’s manners and especially his skill and work ethic.

He didn’t waste a motion during the job.

He works by reference only and has zero internet presence. (He doesn't even have business cards.)

If anyone in the Minneapolis area needs a new garage door or servicing of an older one, I will gladly provide his name and number.

Before...

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After...

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wnmech

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Door looks great. The installer was old school he knew how to get it done his own way. Not like some of the new younger folks that need a half dozen people to do the job. I’m 73 and still not afraid to get out and work my ass off.
 

gramps

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Looks real nice! Gotta love a job well done. Would be nice if he had an apprentice tagging along to pass the skills and work ethic on to. But I’m guessing there’s a reason he works the way he does
 

Twisted_Metal

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Not all of us old people are in rocking chairs.
I'm over 60 myself but it would have taken me an entire weekend to get this job done by myself.
45 years of experience in his trade makes him a rarity today.

I feel lucky to have found him.
Looks real nice! Gotta love a job well done. Would be nice if he had an apprentice tagging along to pass the skills and work ethic on to. But I’m guessing there’s a reason he works the way he does

He tried teaching an apprentice a few times, but... They didn't stick around.
If I was a younger guy, he's the kind of person I would love to work with.
 

Gary S

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I've always intalled my own garage doors on every garage I've ever owned. It is a very simple job if you follow the instructions that come with the door. And, you can do it alone. You don't need a crew.
My neighbor had a professional installer do his new door. Within a few years, the door was bent and destroyed because the installer didn't put on the struts called for in the instructions.
 

Twisted_Metal

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If I was buying it myself, I would have done the work.

Since the paving company was paying most of the cost of the door... I paid a very appreciative, experienced semi-retired guy to deliver, install and remove the old door.
He loves his job and it shows.

I don't have a truck or much free time to work on a project like this so I'm happy with the outcome.

Since garage door installation was never on my bucket list, I don't feel I missed out on too much.
I do wish I could have seen how he did everything so quick and neat.

I would rather have learned the job from him than an instruction sheet from a big box store. ;)
 

biker

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If I was buying it myself, I would have done the work.

Since the paving company was paying most of the cost of the door... I paid a very appreciative, experienced semi-retired guy to deliver, install and remove the old door.
He loves his job and it shows.

I don't have a truck or much free time to work on a project like this so I'm happy with the outcome.

Since garage door installation was never on my bucket list, I don't feel I missed out on too much.
I do wish I could have seen how he did everything so quick and neat.

I would rather have learned the job from him than an instruction sheet from a big box store. ;)
Good choice. Some jobs are worth paying for, and after replacing one of those big f'ing springs myself twice, next time I will pay a pro.
 

Quazit

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Feb 23, 2021
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I called three companies to give an estimate to install a garage door on my open garage and none ever even showed or called back. That alone is worth the paying price (Someone to show up and do fast quality work). They didnt even need to remove anything lol.

It looks outstanding.
 




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