I need a way to tell if my swing-up garage door is open or closed
without going outside to look at it. An indicator light or something
inside the house that tells me if the door is up or down.
Reason: Too many instances of me or one of the kids opening the door
and leaving it open all night, with thousands of dollars worth of tools
and other stuff inside. Garage faces the street. Anybody walking by
could snatch something off my workbench and be gone before we could do
anything about it.
Can't see the door from inside the house, so I want a way to tell at a
glance from inside the house if I need to go outside and close it for
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I had one given to me, but I have not tried it yet.
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I bought a garage door indicator from Sears, about $ 40, consisting of a
small transmitter that attaches to the door and a receiving unit that plugs
in the wall.
Worked for about half a year. Range was less than anticipated: about 35'. I
junked mine because the velcro sticker kept coming lose from the (vibrating)
You can buy them on E-bay for about $ 20; new
I've had the Sears Garage Door reminder device for about 3 years, I
screwed it onto the door. Still on original batteries. This was
included with my garage door opener. Not sure about the range issue
mentioned below. We have a standard 48 foot bi-level and it works fine
between the door and kitchen.
Walter R. wrote:
I bought a really nice remote unit from Sears for about $35. There is a
small sending unit that velcros to the door and when the door is up it
flashes red, when down, steady green. We have it in our bedroom and it has
saved many trips to check the door at night. We also have a remote next to
the unit and all we have to do is press it if the door is up, saving another
trip. It has worked very well in the three years we have had it.
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absorption of darkness. That bright light is sucking up too much of
your darkness. You need to install a powerful dark bulb. Darkness is
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as much darkness as a 2200W "light" bulb absorbs. Some leakage is
inevitable. Use a dark bulb with a wattage that's 130% or the light
bulb with a directional reflector to obtain 99% complete darkness.
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