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How do I compensate for the sun confusing my garage door opener's sensors?

Only during summer and only when the sun is close to the horizon the light from the sun confuses my garage door opener and in order to close the door I have to hold down the wired button which is a ...
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Inconsistent Garage Door Open Remotes

We have a single garage door with an opener and two remotes. We get extremely inconsistent results with both remotes (a change of batteries does not fix). When we leave in the morning and we're right ...
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Why doesn't my garage door close unless I am holding down the button?

When I push my inside of garage button for the door to close, the door attempts to go down, motor light flashes and door goes back up again. I had to keep holding the wall button for the door to ...
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Garage door opener installation - hardwired vs. outlet power?

I'm installing an opener for my garage door, and need to run some new wiring in order to get power to the unit. The unit can be hardwired or plugged into an outlet. I'm leaning toward the outlet ...
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Would a bit of grease on overhead door cables or bearings cause the springs to break?

I have a roll-up (2 car-width) garage door. The right top torsion spring broke. I would have fixed it myself, but no time. I called out a repair company, and they guy came out and said that I need to ...
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Is it OK to use powdered graphite to lubricate a garage door opener?

I am about due to lubricate my garage door opener and related parts, and while I have some silicone lubricant, I was wondering if I could be doing better. The can I have says it's good for all parts (...
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Why is my new garage door going through lights so fast?

A little while ago our 14 year old garage door opener broke and we had the choice of retrofitting it with modern safety gear (required by code before they could even try to fix it) and then a "...
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Automatic garage door opener opens when it hits the floor

I have a garage door opener that has been working fine until the past month or so. Now, during a close cycle, once it hits the floor (where normally it would stop) it will switch back into an open ...
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Is it possible to convert a switched light into an unswitched outlet?

I am installing an overhead automatic garage door opener. My only power source close to where I will be hanging the motor is an overhead light socket that is operated by a switch on the wall next to ...
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How do I open my garage door without a remote from outside?

1993 Craftsman garage door opener; my wife must have put something up against the garage door keypad and inadvertently triggered the vacation mode button - now we're locked out. The remote control is ...
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Is there a required ceiling height for a garage door opener?

I recently bought a bank-owned house. They converted the garage into a living space and I would like to take it back to being a garage. I was hoping to install a garage door opener for the new door, ...
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How can I make my garage door quieter?

My garage door is loud. I didn't realize this until I visited a friend who has a garage door that's nearly silent. He says he has a belt-driven door opener and nylon door wheels, while I have chain-...
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How can I fix a garage door motor that runs but doesn't move the chain?

I have a Craftsman 1/2 HP garage door opener. It's always been a little finicky, but tonight it stopped working. In the middle of going up as tonight, the door halted, leaving a gap between the door ...
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Replacing the remote for an older garage door opener remote?

I've just purchased a house with an old Genie garage door opener that uses the simple dip-switch remote configuration system (no rolling code, in other words). The garage has two doors, each with its ...
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Clean and lubricate garage door rails

I have a garage door with a rubber belt drive. I would like to know the correct way to clean and lubricate the rails as it is screeching a bit when opening and closing. Can I wash out the rails with ...
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New garage door opener belt sags when opening

I recently replaced our chain driven garage door opener (which functioned fine for 9 years) with a Chamberlain MyQ opener which runs off of a belt, instead. It was nearly a direct swap and all works ...
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How do I fix a garage door opener light that loosens in its socket?

The light on my garage door opener keeps getting loose in the light socket, causing it to not work. Giving it a slight turn to tighten it fixes it temporarily, but it comes loose again within a week ...
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How do I rust proof a garage door track?

I have a couple of questions about how to do this: Is it safe to cut the bottom 1-1.5 inches off the track so that it's not in direct contact with the concrete of the garage? I often get standing ...
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How can I replace garage door opener remotes?

I have a working garage door opener, and at least the button on the receiver works too (the thing inside the garage with the button on it) but I have no remote clickers to it and it's pretty old ...
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How do I frame a room inside a garage so that the room's ceiling will not touch the garage ceiling?

I am considering building a small 6 x 9 room inside my garage to use as an office. However, I do not want to remove the garage door opener unit nor the tracks the door slides on because we will want ...
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What could be causing my garage door to randomly open and close?

A few mornings ago, my wife and I noticed that our garage door started opening and closing with no discernible pattern. It would stay closed for some period of time, open suddenly, and sometimes ...
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How can I figure out why my breakers are tripping?

A few years ago, I installed a solid wood "pocket" sliding door for my workshop. It's on an exterior wall, so I had to add some thick sealing strips that keep the cold air from Wisconsin winters ...
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What might cause garage door opener sensors to work intermittently?

I have a Marantec garage door opener. I can provide the model number if necessary. It seems like 50% of the time the sensors are not operational. I can still close the door by holding down the ...
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How do I stop my garage door from opening on its own?

My garage door has opened twice in the last 2 weeks during the night. Is someone driving by and opening it "accidentally"? How do I keep this from happening?
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Diagnose interference causing garage door opener remotes not to function

How do I diagnose why our garage door remotes periodically stop working? I suspect that there is some sort of radio interference causing the problem. This morning I left the house for about an ...
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Troubleshooting a garage door/opener that “catches” and re-opens when wet

My garage door and opener work reasonably well most of the time -- hot weather or cold. Sometimes when it rains, though, the door "catches" a little bit, at about 2 feet from the ground, and it is ...
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Network Garage Door opener/ how does the switch work

I'm trying to connect a relay/switch to a Garage door(Lift Master). I know that there are two wires to trigger the garage door. I'm not sure how it works exactly. I'm trying to control the garage ...
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Chamberlain B550 - How to use a relay to open/close door?

I have one of these: http://support.chamberlain.com/articles/How_To/Chamberlain-Models-B550-B750-Owner-s-Manual On my old door, I wired a relay in to the same terminals the push-buttons (like ...
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Temporarily Unmounting Garage Door Opener for Repair

The plastic gear in my CRAFTSMAN 139.53973SRT garage door opener needs to be replaced. I can buy the replacement part without any problem. But since this is the first time I am doing this, my ...
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Is there a way to know if my garage door is open remotely?

Is there a way to know if my garage door is open remotely? Some times I find my garage door open for no reason. I have expensive bikes in the garage and I don't want to worry about them. Maybe get a ...
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Garage door opener makes noise but doesn't move

My Craftsman 139.53515SR - I/2HP garage door opener has worked fine for many years. For no reason that I can see, it stopped opening or closing the door yesterday. When I push the button to raise or ...
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Why has my garage door opener (139.53975SRT1) stopped working?

My garage door opener stopped working. I checked the power outlet it's plugged into and it's working. I checked other things (locks and springs) recommended by the manual and they seem ok to me. ...
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Suggestions for a replacement garage door opener

My garage door opener has finally failed and I need to buy a replacement. I'm looking for suggestions on the pros and cons of different types of openers. Here are the details of the current setup: ...
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How can I figure out why my garage door opener won't close the door?

I detached the the door arm from the carriage to see if the opener would work properly, but it did not. The carriage goes down a half an inch and then goes all the way back up. I also adjusted the ...
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Craftsman garage door opener works intermittently

It's been acting up lately, sometimes it works fine and other times it doesn't work at all. Sometimes it opens and closes only partially? Now it only works when I unplug it and plug it back in, but ...
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Adding push button to Chamberlain opener

Added a doorbell push button to newly installed Chamberlain garage door opener...linked push button wires to same contacts as the incoming control pad inputs (red and white). Doesn't work. Is this ...
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What could be preventing my garage door from shutting?

To shut the door I have to push the wall control twice, then hold it in until the door completely closes. Usually about half way down it still stops and begins to open again. The garage door opener ...
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Is it safe and within code (1970 US) to permanently wire a 20' cord to a garage door opener?

A new garage door and opener will be installed this week. The opener has a short cord. The outlet is on the wall rather than in the ceiling. This is typical of my area for 1970s construction. The ...
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Garage door closes and then reopens - Already adjusted force sensor to max and tried adjusting cable tension

I feel like this has to be a common issue, but I'm having trouble finding references here. It's the same sort of Craftsman garage door opener that most of suburbia has here in the United States. This ...
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Do garage door springs LOSE their “spring”?

On a one-piece, single-car door that's rarely opened (springs usually stretched), do they eventually stretch, thus stopping the opener from working?
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How do I add a second wired garage door opener?

I'd like to add a hardwired garage door opener inside the house. Can I simply splice the two wires from the main button to a second button (momentary switch), or do I need to run them all the way ...
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My overhead door sticks at very beginning of open cycle

I recently insulated my garage door with a foam kit and I don't think it weighs much at all. I believe the culprit is the weatherstripping I added to the the frame. I think it is creating a vacuum ...
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Garage door needs a push or pull to start opening/closing

I have some 20+ year old garage door openers, and one works great, the other will sometimes open/close fine. Sometimes when I hit the switch there is a click and a buzz like the motor is trying to ...
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Retrofitting a remote opener into a garage-gate motor

Our garage door is already powered, but to initiate the opening (and closing) of the gate, one must get inside the garage and push one of the three buttons: Open Close Stop How hard would it be to ...
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Garage door opens only partially in hot weather

My Craftsman garage door opened works fine in cool weather or early in the morning. When the weather is hot, it opens partially, from 1/8 of the way to 7/8 of the way. Pressing the remote closes it, ...
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How can I fix this garage door opener?

My garage door opener (Craftsman 1/2 HP) stopped working some time ago (even lights didn't come on). I replaced the circuit board and now the lights are working and the board reacts to the remote (...
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LiftMaster garage opener will not erase memory

Moved into a new home a couple months ago. Car was broken into on my driveway a week ago, and one of my garage door openers was stolen (along with some other things). The problem is that the opener ...
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How can I add a button for a garage door opener?

I have the following scheme for my garage door opener: and I want to add a push button to this. Is it enough to connect a push button just as any other button: GND to scheme's GND and PB to the ...
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What alternate ways are there to get into a garage when you don't have the opener? [duplicate]

I am locked out of the garage without a remote opener. There are no windows and no doors to get in. What are some ways to open the garage door without breaking down the door?
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Garage door opener remotes suddenly open incorrect door

Both my remotes stopped working today. The wired wall button still opens the door. If I click my remote button multiple times, it opens the other garage door. Both openers are craftsman and the one ...