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Personally, I'd prefer my garage door opener to be outlet powered so that I can unplug the thing when I need to do something with it, instead of going to find a breaker. Other than ease of disabling, I don't think there is any compelling operational reason to do one or the other. Of course, if your next opener can't be hardwired, that might be a reason to ...


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It sounds like the controller needs to be reset and the remotes reprogrammed. Usually this requires physical access to the opener, but if you have a hardwired remote it might be possible to pair it via the keypad. Check the manual for your opener. But back to the problem of how to open it. If the garage does not have an alternative access there should be a ...


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You could swap the emitter and detector units so that the emitter is on the sunlit side. It doesn't matter if the emitter is being blasted by sunlight; only the detector needs to be protected. Of course you might just be changing the time of day of your problem if the other side of the door is sunlit at a different time. :) Don't forget to swap the ...


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You probably only have to shield the sensor just enough to put a shadow over it (and not let the sun hit it directly). I would think a small piece of cardboard taped to the side or top (or both) of the sensor that is getting hit with the sun should do it. Another way would be to block the sun from outside of the garage by maybe planting a shrub (test it ...


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This is most likely due to the auto reversing function. This is where the door will reverse open if it hits an obstacle when closing. One possible cause is that there is an obstruction on the floor where the door meets the floor. Look for any irregularities on the floor and on the bottom of the garage door. You might find something stuck to the bottom ...


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Vibration is still a good guess. Try a "rough service" bulb, usually sold for the work lights that you hang under the hood of your car. You can also try a 130V bulb; cheaper bulbs are rated at 120V, and so don't tolerate line voltage fluctuations as much. Another option is an LED bulb. A 40W-equivalent is in the $10 range, and they are supposed to be very ...


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First unplug the opener. Now look in the light socket. See if the small metal tab at the bottom is nearly flat. Carefully pull it up a little bit so it applys more spring tension to the bulb. Also, they used to sell "rough service" Incandescent bulbs for openers, but I have had OK luck with compact fluorescents.


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There are several things that could cause a door opener to not work properly. Tester101 put most of them in his comment, but most of those would at least result in the opener visibly and audibly trying to open the door, and then giving up. This may sound counterintuitive but my first priority would be getting the light working. Most garage door openers use ...


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Carefully determine where the wheels of the bottom of your door stop being used. Any point below the bottom of the wheels when the door is completely down should be safe to remove. The track shouldn't have to go all the way to the ground. I would not paint the track, for fear that it will interfere with smooth motion. If anything I'd use grease to lube ...


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Check your sensors. The sensors could also be very dirty or blocked by something. Openers also often have cutout sensors that will stop the drive when the load gets too high on the motor. It may be that the load in your case may be too high due to wear, dragging rollers, bent track, lack of lubrication, or rusty chain/screw. Look for these things and ...


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Most garage door openers have a feature that when they encounter too much resistance, they will reverse. This is to prevent the door from trapping/crushing something that didn't get out of the way (a car, person, or your dog). It sounds like the door isn't jamming completely, but it is just "rough" in one spot of the travel, which kicks the the opener into ...


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You are essentially building a self-supporting flat-roofed shed inside the garage, not adding interior walls to the garage. You should be able to screw a 2x4 sill plate onto the garage floor. The sill plate is mostly there in case the concrete is uneven. It could be pressure-treated in order to resist rotting from moisture on the floor or in the concrete. ...


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Do you have a button switch on the wall to open - close? There are usually two wires going to that. I don't think it will hurt to short those wires momentarily to test it. If it did, Lift Master would get a lot of returns because I'm certain many people have shorted the wired pair upon installation. My Craftsman has two wires going to a multiple switch ...


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Lower wattage bulbs don't last as long as higher wattage bulbs. If your garage has a high ceiling the longer braces between the tracks and the ceiling allow for more vibration than in installation with a lower ceiling. When I had problems with frequent bulb changes, I used one of these in place of the bulb: Bulb socket outlet adapter Then I mounted one ...


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I found the answer at http://www.thathomesite.com/forums/load/garages/msg0321575526348.html?38 - here it is: First off you don't have to replace the worm gear. Second, you need to make sure that the bushings in the gear kit are not worn. You can tell by looking and the very top of the unit, you will see ground up metal, or on the top of your drive gear will ...


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if sunlight on the sensor isn't causing the issue, then the problem is either bad opener, bad wiring or a bad sensor. when the sensors are not working, use a multimeter to test the voltage put out by the opener. if that's not right, then you might have a bad opener. next i would try disconnecting all of the wires at both ends, cutting off the exposed ...


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Placing a tube around the sensor/emitter might work, but it sounds like that would easily break if kicked or struck by something passing by. Perhaps a polarized filter for a camera would be taped or somehow fixed to the unit. Amazon has this one for $11.99.


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What is the condition of the batteries in the remotes? Make sure that you have good fresh batteries so that a strong signal gets to the garage door opener base unit. Also evaluate if it is possible that something has changed in the area around the garage door main unit. Have you recently placed some large metal object nearby that may affect the RF signal ...


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The garage door will automatically reverse if it encounters too much resistance or if the sensor beam is interrupted. To check for resistance, start with the door closed and pull the red handle. Then open and close the door. The movement should be fluid with no tough spots. If you encounter difficult spots, you likely have a bent track or a broken wheel. ...


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What a pain that must be. Could you raise or lower the sensors a few inches up or down to make it less inline with the sun? I agree with Jeff, all you need is just enough to make a shadow. Really not much else you can do, other than disable the sensors which would obviously dangerous and not recommended.


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I had the same issue. I tried shading both the sensor and the emitter with card board and toilet paper rolls. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. Today it wouldn't cooperate at all. I even tried re-aiming the sensors. I was able to prove that it was the sun causing the issue by closing the door, disengaging the door from the opener, and ...


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If you have sensors on either side of the garage door, clean them and make sure nothing is obstructing the two from communicating with each other. Perhaps look for something under the garage door (rubber insulation) that may be hanging and obstructing the sensors before the garage hit the floor.


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I purchased a Chamberlain KLIK1U 2 button universal garage door remote a little while back and remember there being a dip switch option. I'm not sure if you can program two dip switch openers to it, but it might be worth a try. Another option which is the one I had to do is that if you have a button inside the garage that you press to open the door, you can ...


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If you're not comfortable with running electricity in a safe manner, then yes, you should have an electrician install an outlet in the ceiling near where you intend to install the opener. You can run a split off the line that feeds the lights, but you do need to run the opener on an always-on circuit, so you have to know what you're doing there. As for the ...


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You will need to consult the manuals troubleshooting section - usually the number of flashes/clicks indicates what the problem might be. The most common issues I've seen are related to the safety sensors mounted near the door. Sometimes they get knocked out of alignment, or there could be a short in the wire due to a staple. The manual will likely provide ...


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you won't find pricing suggestions here. pricing recommendations become out of date too quickly. in my experience, if you're looking for smooth operation then you need to concentrate on the door. make sure it opens and closes smoothly. a bad garage opener will still open a well-adjusted door smoothly, but a good opener won't help a poorly adjusted door. ...


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I fixed the exact same problem with my garage door using a general purpose relay output wireless transmitter / receiver module I purchased from eBay. The receiver module for inside the garage operates from a +12VDC power supply which I purchased for low cost from Goodwill. The normally open relay contact of the receiver is wired in across the same wire pair ...


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If it's doing this without the opener connected it sounds like the torsion springs need to be adjusted to balance the garage door properly. The balance point of the door should be about half way open--when the opener is disconnected and you give it a push open or closed it should naturally stop about half way. The springs have to be adjusted under tension, ...


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First, breakers are designed for avoiding draw over the rated current - old fuses did this by melting when the line in the fuse got too hot and melted. They are not designed as switches for operating a circuit, so your statement "It's not a big deal to flip the breaker" is only in reference to the amount of inconvenience you suffer. The breakers should not ...


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Typically, garage openers have a release pull that hangs down from the track. When closed, this release will be close enough to the door to get if you drill a 5/8 inch hole about a foot under the where the opener attaches to the door. Fish for the line with a wire coat hanger and then pull to release. It will take a couple of tries but you should be able ...



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