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Went to Lowes this afternoon and picked one up. Got the Chamberlain 1/2 HP belt drive. Has everything I need and more. $198 Comes with the outdoor keypad that I find very handy. It has two remotes, but I only need one since I don't put the cars in the garage. I'll probably install it next weekend.
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Ed Pawlowski wrote:

Huh?? I don't put the cars in the garage. Why a new opener?
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You can put cars in there?
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Did one with my SIL. They are really quiet.
Steve
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The usual reasons of course.
Picture Ed welding and filling the garage with smoke. Mrs. P. starts screaming about the fumes. With one push of the button, the door goes up and traffic noise drowns out the sound of Mrs. P's complaints and Ed can finish running his bead.
Or picture Ed coming home with a new tool purchase. If he has to go into the house and run the gauntlet, Mrs. P might use her womanly powers to detect his purchase before he has the opportunity to take it out of the package and get it too dirty for her to insist that he return it. The garage door opener allows Ed just a little more time that he needs to preserve domestic tranquility.
Besides being a really cool thing, wouldn't you want to have a garage door opener?
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The garage is my shop and also has some storage. It is still rather convenient to push a button and have the door open or close for you, especially if it is raining or your hands are full. I can carry a box of stuff from the garage to the house and then push a button to close the door.
Ever notice at the supermarket the doors open and close for you? Makes life a little easier.
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If you have a pet or kids get the Electronic Door Eye, keeps pouchie and baby from being squished. If its a 3 button remote it should do X10, car 3 button remotes do X10
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Neither applies, but the eye comes with it. I think they all have them now. Yes, it is a 3 button.
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On 4/12/2010 5:23 PM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

Funny you should mention the eye:
I recently inherited a house that came with a two car garage, both of which have electric garage door openers; neither equipped with the sensor. I have a car, pickup truck and a motorcycle I keep inside and naturally I wanted remotes for all three.
One opener is a Craftsman; the other is a Stanley. I went down to Lowes and purchased an universal remote and an universal wireless keypad made by Chamberlain. Programming the keypad made the remote stop working. Reprogramming the remote made the keypad stop working. I had initially placed the keypad on the larger side of the garage since it was the natural point of entry... more room.
So I moved the keypad to the other side of the garage where the remote and the keypad seemed to coexist peacefully. I patched the screw holes with some wood putty.
So then I just had the remote on my motorcycle. When I programmed it, the remote in the truck stopped working and vice versa. PITA. I looked on Chamberlain's web page for support and found all kinds of information about programming. Hell, I could program it; I just couldn't seem to get them to be programmed at the same time. I called the number given on the website and was treated to an audio version of the same information given on the website. Playing with all the phone choices I finally found one that seemed to lead to an actual person. I held for 40 minutes before I hung up.
In the meanwhile, I decided the problem had more to do with the original remote than the universal, so I replaced it with yet another new universal. BINGO! Now they all coexist as they should.
What does this have to do with the eye? Three days after I emailed their support site with my tale of woe, they finally got around to answering me. Due to the age of my garage door openers and the fact that they didn't come with sensors, Chamberlain did not support those products and strongly suggested I replace them both.
Well, they both work just fine. I live alone. I've had sensors in my garage in Charlotte and found them to be a PITA as they seemed to work too well. After waiting three days from an unresponsive support team only to ultimately receive a blow off was too much. I sent them a very nice FUVM note and when I finally do get around to replacing my openers, it's not going to be with a Chamberlain product. I think I'll try Overhead the next time.
Jay
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Jay Hanig wrote:

That is probably standard practice for all manufactures. Some 10 or 20 years ago a friend wanted me to fix his opener. I think it was Stanley. I contacted them to obtain a schematic and I got the same exact answer you got. I'm sure they are saving themselves against possible lawsuits for when a kid gets hurt or worse on something they still offer support for. It's not the manufactures, it's the sue happy people and lawyers.
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Jay Hanig wrote:

I bought one of those 3 button universal remotes. It cost me a little over $25,000.00, but it did come with a free SUV (I have always been a sucker for buying things that come with free bonus gifts).
I set it up to open both garage doors, but can't decide what to use the middle button to switch on and off. I have a remote control power bar...
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The remote itself was cheap, but the weatherproof housing adds a bit to it.
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Ed Pawlowski wrote:

I was just curious. Reply makes excellent sense.
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LouB wrote:

Ya! Good question.
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Steve Barker wrote:

OP replied a few days ago. IT's a workshop
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Same reason you have an opener when you do put the car inside. It opens the door at the push of a button.
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Ed Pawlowski wrote:

That sounds like the one I installed here a year or so ago. You will love the belt drive, it's very quiet. My brother who just installed a Genie? screw drive heard mine and got pissed off that his new one was so much louder.
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Tony wrote:

Both of mine are 25 year old chain drive. They are noisy as hell, but when I replace them I want something noisier. I like to know when my wife gets home... it gives me time to shut off the TV, get up off my ass and look like I have been busy at something like emptying the dishwasher. :)
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On Tue, 13 Apr 2010 19:03:19 -0700, Ned Flanders

A man who runs things around his house. Dishwasher, clothes washer, dryer, lawnmower ect.
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On Tue, 13 Apr 2010 19:03:19 -0700, Ned Flanders

When my wife gets home the dog's ears perk up. A sure sign of groceries and dog treats. That garage door is really quite.
She don't know the dog gives her away !!
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