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I would like to install some type sensor ,indicator that signals when I have entered my garage far enough to close the door.Have any of you guys invented your own system? What do you use?
Sal
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sal wrote:

screw eye in the ceiling. When it bumps the center of the windshield it is time to stop. Also tells my wife if she is too close to my side where my truck lives. Actually I have two wooden balls....
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On 06/29/2012 07:02 PM, G. Ross wrote:

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Sorry to hear that. Can you get a transplant?
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Y'mean "graft"?
-- If you're trying to take a roomful of people by surprise, it's a lot easier to hit your targets if you don't yell going through the door. -- Lois McMaster Bujold
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On 6/30/2012 6:45 AM, Larry Jaques wrote:

Everything turns political. ;-)
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On 6/29/2012 9:02 PM, G. Ross wrote:

I use an empty beer can with a bit of gravel in it for additional weight. It has a built in ring to tie the string to.
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I had a variation of this in a previous, shallow garage that keeps the ball out of the way but it kind of depends on ceiling height.
I put the screw eyes in the ceiling to line up with the windshield. But instead of permanently fastening the string. I ran the cord from the ball to the ceiling and over to the end of the garage door and installed another screw eye there, where I tied the other end of the cord. I used a tennis ball and when the garage door goes up the ball comes down to windshield height. Door goes up and the ball retracts toward the ceiling. Kinda fiddly getting it set up but it works well.
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Hanging tennis ball so that when your windshield just touches it.
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Dave in Houston wrote:

I like the way the wooden ones give an audible click as well as the visual bump. But either type of ball would work. If you have kids around you have to watch that they don't make a game of whacking them around.
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comes on with the garage door opener light. 100% accurate and not affected by breeze blowing the ball around or humidity/temperature affecting the length of the string.
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On Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:50:57 -0400, snipped-for-privacy@snyder.on.ca wrote:

I like it! Did you do this or just think it up? Didja use a relay and solenoid to kickstart the pen?
BTW, what in the hell are you guys parking in your shop for?
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It lets us clear the art work off the table saw by putting it on the car. *g*
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On 6/30/2012 9:59 AM, Larry Jaques wrote:

The unit I have is commercially made. If anyone's interested, I'll dig up the box and provide complete details. Bought it from one of those bargain outfits on the internet but pretty sure they are still available if you look.
Mine has a small power cube you plug in which powers a "control unit" which you stick on your opener with double faced tape. The little laser "pens" mounted on swivel sockets for aiming plug into it.
Set up is a no brainer. Mount the units, pull your car into the garage exactly where you'd like to land every time. Smack the opener to activate the laser and aim it into the interior of the dashboard or wherever.
When you open the door the laser illuminates for about 30-45 seconds, you pull in and wait until the bright red dot hits the screw (or whatever) on the defroster grill in front of the driver's position.
I don't believe I paid $20 for the setup which covers both sides of the garage. I've had mine about 4 years now and only re-aimed when I got a new car.
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On Sat, 30 Jun 2012 17:16:40 -0500, Unquestionably Confused

One of these came with the opener I bought a few years (and a couple of houses) back. It was a Sears opener but I didn't see them when I bought my latest opener (for the new house). As you say, they work like a champ.
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On Sat, 30 Jun 2012 07:59:48 -0700, Larry Jaques

You can buy the things ready made, and for DIY you can take the laser pen apart, bypass the switch, connect wires in place of the batteries to a small 3.5 V "wall wart" transformer and with an E26 cube-tap (threaded to blade adapter) plug the wall-wart into the one side of the garage door opener light. Make a little bracket to fasten to the garage ceiling and bend it to point the laser where you want it. Keep the bracket as short as possible so it doesn't move.

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You don't think that's a little overkill having a laser pointer???? Do you really need another electronic for this. You could easily put a stop block (little lip) to help on the floor.
The breeze should not affect the ball that much unless you have a real problem... I use the tennis ball for my wife's vehicle and it doesn't blow around, while everything else blows into the garage...
If you are worried about the ball being in the way, take a screw eye and polish the eyelet. Then attach the ball to the string and attach the string to the garage door. When the door is up, it's in position, when down it's out of the way.
On 6/30/2012 10:50 AM, snipped-for-privacy@snyder.on.ca wrote:

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On Sat, 30 Jun 2012 11:06:30 -0400, tiredofspam <nospam.nospam.com> wrote:

cannot beet the lazer. If you line it up to the center of the car you can tell if you are on-center when the laser hits the leading edge of the hood (center ridge if the hood has one)
And it is DEAD SIMPLE.
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I hung a tennis ball from the ceiling on a string. When the windshield touches the tennis ball, the car is in the right place.
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