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Re: Garage Door Opener keypad recommendations
My spring broke and the opener (1/2 HP) lifted it just fine. They are not
designed for this load everyday, for sure.

This was a garbage board / solid wood type door but only single size = 7 x
8'. The opener was a Genie screw mechanism type. Any 1/2 HP motor should be
able to lift 400 lb. of door over a 8-10 second period and the weight is
only when the door is fully closed. When it is half way up half the load is
horizontal and not loading the motor.

I got my car in that night and out the next day until the spring boy came to
fix it again.


power, if the spring breaks, you can't open my garage doors
without the aid of some type of jack.  There are handles on the inside, but
from the outside, even two people can't open my doors.

Best,
Christopher




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Been there, tried that.  The door did not budge.

Best,
Christopher


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It may depend on the type ( I had a screwdrive one), the HP and the clutch
setting.

If you have your clutch (electrical, mechanical or both) set very sensitive
for stopping when any resistance is "felt" (supposed to be a child or toy
anti-squisher) the motor should give up right away as a safety concern. Mine
may have been set tougher than yours??? Perhaps some only work in the
closing direction???


The guy next door left a alum. lawn chair in his cheap uninsulated door,
twice now....what a mess. The twisted and ripped panels have been replaced
twice now....LOL. Obviously needs an adjustment of the safety setting.



Been there, tried that.  The door did not budge.

Best,
Christopher




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Perhaps, but I suspect is was more about the modest weight of your door.  I
called a garage door company in our area and he said the motors will not
lift a heavy doublewide with a broken spring.  FWIW.

Best,
Christopher




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That is a good reminder of the utility of a mechanically operated door
release in case of a power failure.  I used to have one in my detached
garage before I put in a back door.

As you pointed out in another message, others seem to have started to assume
that the op is paranoid of being unable to get into the garage under any
circumstances through the garage door.

Actually, he is just trying to find a reasonable ability to have a reliable
way in, IN CASE SOMEONE DOESN'T HAVE A KEY HANDY.  If he doesn't have the
house key handy, he is also not likely to have the opener key handy.

My girlfriend likes to take walks in the evening and frequently heads out
without her key (I don't have a door key but have my remote programmed to
open the garage door which lets me get into the house if I have my car).
I have considered buying her a keypad just so that we don't need to leave a
door unlocked (safe neighborhood) or I could just get a copy of her key to
keep in my wallet.

For the extreme people how about a locked box (with mechanical push button
lock) that has power wired to it and a battery operated saw (on a trickle
charger) so that the op can cut their way into the garage under any
circumstances.


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On Sun, 14 Nov 2010 16:04:56 -0500, Josepi thoughfully wrote:

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Thanks for all the replies.  It looks like I'll end-up going with a
wireless unit after all, since it doesn't appear there are many other
choices.  I guess for the batteries, I could always wire-in an AC adapter.

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I don't believe in hide-a-keys, false rocks, etc.  They're too obvious of
a hiding place, and where I live someone could spend a long time turning
over rocks, or checking the usual hiding places, without being noticed.

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Actually not a bad idea! :)

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On Tue, 16 Nov 2010 09:26:59 -0600, Bill Fuhrmann thoughfully wrote:

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Yes, it's the locked outdoors without a key scenario, so going in another
door would not be an option in that case.  It's also good so that if I
need to let someone get into my house when I'm away, I can always talk
them through getting in with a keypad, so they wouldn't need to have been
given a key ahead of time.

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On Tue, 13 Nov 2010 10:09:12 -0600, George thoughfully wrote:

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Update: I ended-up building my own keypad and wiring it to the KEP-1
control box via a 7-conductor cable.  I found a 3x4 matrix keypad online,
and created a mounting box for it.  The keypad is supposed to be
weatherproof, but the box I made uses an outdoor outlet cover, so it
should be doubly protected from the elements.  So now I've got something
that meets my original requirements, even if I did have to create half of
it to get there. :)

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Good job!

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LOL....  I love McGyver stuff.

Re: Garage Door Opener keypad recommendations
Have you considered attaching a key lockbox (like real-estate agents use)
with a key to the house?
Other than that, I think the battery operated keypad opener would be good
with a periodic reminder to change the battery or with a slight amount of
work to make up an AC operated power supply to put in place of the battery.

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Trouble with a lock box or any combination lock is that it has to be used on
a regular basis.

What was your locker combination in highschool?


"Bill Fuhrmann" <ReplyToGroup> wrote in message
Have you considered attaching a key lockbox (like real-estate agents use)
with a key to the house?
Other than that, I think the battery operated keypad opener would be good
with a periodic reminder to change the battery or with a slight amount of
work to make up an AC operated power supply to put in place of the battery.

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Point made. You don't remember....LOL

Home safes are a bitch for that, also. I usually write the combo on the
back, in some binary notation and backwards.


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Something like this would probably work, its overkill for
what you are looking for and its really designed to be used with a card and
a pin, but I believe you can use it just with a pin.

I'm not sure what price range you are looking at but this unit  runs
somewhere around $200

http://www.sdcsecurity.com/docs%5CDBDocs%5CE4KP_Datasheet.pdf

Doug






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This link shows it for around $130.00

http://www.geminicomputersinc.com/sdc-e4kp.html

Doug



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