My garage has no windows and the only way in is through the car port
door. The door was never automated till this week when I put in a new
Genie opener. The opener has a cord that disengages the mechanics in
case of emergency. What I just realized is that if the power goes out
or something happens to the motor, I won't be able to get inside the
garage (to pull the disconnect cord) since there is only ONE way in.
Has anyone faced this and came up with workaround?
No offense but it seems totally assinine to me that you don't have a
walk door into the garage. Workaround? Ideally you could install a
walk door, or leave someone in the garage 24/7 in case they're ever
needed to manually open the door.
Well...I had (still do) the same situation. My default in case of need
was to break the little 3x3 window in the back...yep, it happened.
Very frustrating as shorted wires to the outside light caused two fuses
to blow, one in the basement and one in the garage. Still have to fix
the window and am still debating the locking pull cord in the door
There exists a product that will release the door from the attached arm
via a key from the outside. Instead of disengaging the carriage at the
track, it'll disengage the door from the carriage. A little less elegent,
but much cheaper than installing a people-door, sally port, or breakable
glass. Not sure of the name of this product, but any garage door
installer will have it as an option for detached garages.
Several companies make such a release. Mine is from Stanley. Installed
it when I installed the opener. Worked fine the couple of times I've
had to use it. It requires one hole to be drilled in the door.
Not offended. My garage FYI is build into a rock hill (like a cave).
ONLY access is through an existing garage door. The garage door does
not have a separate door built into it.
(I did find a workaround. Genie actually sells a $20 kit that will
release the latch from outside!).
We had a detached garage in our condo that only had access through teh
garage door. The solution here is to install a wire device that attached to
the pull-down. Once attached, a hole must be drilled into the door and a
key device is used to hold it in place. Any company that installs gargage
doors and/or openers should be able to direct you. We had ours 20 years
Uh,....how about one of those "star trek" transporter thingies. ?
You could always jury rig some sort of rube goldberg pulley system to have
a second "release" and tuck it in a hidden spot outside the door/eaves etc.
putting it up high, may give you some ??? security, unless of course you
keep your ladder in the garage too<g>.
Nowadays UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supplies) units are quite cheap, and
alot lighter than they used to be.....
Why not plug the opener into one of those, and then into the power... I'm
sure even the smallest one would be able to provide enough power for a few
openings and closings... And then when you open it the first time after a
power failure, you could disengage the unit.
But actually best bet is exactly what another user already pointed out,
which is the emergency release kit which is made by Genie anyhow... This way
it doesn't only cover power failures, but also any other failures of the
opener, like springs breaks, chair/belt/screw jams/breaks... etc... Or you
can do like my neighbour did quite a few years ago, and get a garage door,
which has a normal door cut out in it, and secured by a normal deadbolt...
:) Don't know if they are made anymore, r custom job is needed, but it's
Do a google search for garage door emergency external key release.
The best work around for the problem though... go in through the front
door, and open it from inside the house. The key release does work, but
They're not the most secure things ever made.
Uh, I'm assuming when he says "the only way in is through the [garage]
door", he means exactly that.
My brother had this scenario in his old house. Attached garage, but oddly
no access from the house, and no walk-through door. It had one of those
emergency lock-out things and it worked fine (basically it hooks to the
trolly-release inside the garage, and you unlock it with a key and give it a
A UPS is a good idea, but what do you do when the opener dies? You would
definitely still want one of these emergency key things.
My brother eventually added an access door from the house. Sadly, it had to
be in one of the bedrooms...
I confused the situation to mean that it was a built in carport, with a
garage door added on later, including a entry door to the house.
So my other recomendation still stands... a keyed emergency release
system like most others suggested.
(even though a crook can get into the garage in less than a minute,
with a flat-blade screwdriver)
When a keyed release or "ups" is used there's also the problems
concerning a thrown cable, a broken spring, or a rake wedged between
the track and hinge...
Put a swing door in there, and avoid all of the trouble that will be
had in 10 years.
Not funny at all. Though your description is, carports do not have a
Some manufactures are putting UPS in the control heads now because of such
Might be time to think about cutting another door in one of the walls.
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