Garage Doors/Silent and Sturdy


My wife wants a silent and sturdy garage door opener to replace our current one that can be heard a block away and in it's last days (lasted more than 20plus years good old and loud Ultra-Lift)

Hi Don,

Check out the liftmaster, model 8355 belt drivem, or if you want battery backup, the model 8550. You did not mention what type door. One recommendation, if you have steel rollers get them replaced with nylon rollers of proper type for your door. I also recommend you contact an IDEA ( dealer to do the work for you. I myself just passed the testing and am now a Master Technician.

HOpe this helps,

YOurs in doors ,


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Mike Whitacre


I will not answer questions about garage door openers 20 years old or older as they are unsafe, PURCHASE A NEW ONE. How many cell phones have you owned in 20 years? I have 40 years in the garage door industry and have seen almost everything. I sat on the Wayne/Dalton dealers board in 1986,1987,and 1988. I am on the IDEA board of directors ( and am accredited by same. I will, to the best of my ability answer your questions on doors or openers. I will not deal with shinbuster type doors. Replace it if you have one! If your question is about stretch type springs, call an IDEA accredited dealer and have torsion springs installed.


I have been in the overhead door industry for 40 years. I have dealt with all major brands of garage doors and openers. I have been a member of the International Door Association for 25 years( My speacialty is working with and understanding stretch and torsion springs. However, I will never recommened a customer to deal with a garage door spring.

International Door Association, Door and Access Manufacturer's association, Institute of Door Education and Accreditation, American Legion

I have 2 years of collage , am on the IDEA board of directors, and if you didn't notice have been in the industry for 40 years!

Awards and Honors
I recieved the Train the Trainer certification from the Institute of Door Education and Accreditation in April 2001.

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Cal Ripken

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