I just installed a Chamberlain 1/2HP garage door opener in my garage.
The opener is not new, it is actually about 8-9 years old. I removed
it from my mother's garage before it was torn down.
I want to know if there is a way to "hot-wire" the opener so as to
bypass those stupid electric eye sensors that mount on the bottom of
the doorway. Anyone know how to do this?
I guess if there is no way to accomplish this, I could always mount the
sensors up above by the opener and have them pointed at each other.
Any help would be appreciated.
Normally I would say you had a really stupid idea. However I am going
to guess the real problem is they are not working properly. If I am right,
how about telling us what the problem is and maybe we can help you out.
I might suggest this if I am wrong. Just consider spending the next 10
years in jail if some neighbor kid would happen to get injured and you had
disarmed them? The reason they are required is there were a lot of injuries
not exactly. the reason they are required is there were a couple injuries
because people were too stupid to adjust the 'return force' mechanism that
already existed (and still does). these resulted in huge lawsuits because
people wouldnt own up to their own stupidity. hence, we now have electronic
is the door really any safer? no.
Ask a personal injury attorney or ask the parents of children that were
injured or killed by doors with faulty or improperly adjusted reverse
The doors aren't any safer, the beams aren't there to protect the doors.
But the children are indeed safer.
No, it is more like asking your life insurance company what they think
of smoking. It is in the best interest of both insurance companies to
provide accurate true information.
Sorry I can't help you gain common sense or to overcome your attachment
to conspiracy theories. If you want another source, try you local fire and
EM department. Ask them.
joseph, my point is simple. EVERYTHING is out to kill you. you need to
come up with some sort of pecking order so you can worry about the important
things. how much safer do electronic eyes on garage doors make the world?
very very little.
if you just want to increase your chances of survival, why not build a
concrete bunker, and never leave it.
if you want something worth worrying about i could give you a whole list.
And just how did you determine that they provide so little protection or
that garage doors are so safe?
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, 20,000 people each
year have been treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to
Over 85 children have died or suffered severe brain injuries involving
automatic garage doors since 1974.
Between 1974 and when? Given a ten year span for that figure
(74 to 84) that puts the risk at less than 1 in 30 million
per child per year. SInce you can only be a child for
about 15 years, that means the risk per individual is around
1 in 2 million, which is well below my threshold for alarming
If you make a set of assumptions designed to justify
the detectors, (the detectors prevent 75% of such
accidents, somewhere in the vicinity of 8 million
relevent garage doors in the country), you could
expect, at best, a 1/125,000 chance that any given
installation will prevent an accident.
If the things add $20 to the cost of the door, then
it makes sense to add them if you can't save
more than one life by spending 2.5 million dollars
you brought up the statistic. im just showing you why its meaningless.
you are the troll. twisting what i said into 'their lives dont have any
value'. you ought to be ashamed.
what i said was you cannot pad every corner in this world just because it
hurt someone. since you 'care' so much, if 3 deaths a year is cause for
action, you better get busy. and you can start throwing out just about
everything you own.
Life and injury are not meaninless.
I don't know how many people who die each year from skin cancer die
because of excessive sun exposure. It is impossible to say. However just
as in garage doors it is prudent to take precautions. Look up the word
prudent. You will not find your picture next to it.
Your foolish comments could convince someone to disable or ignore the
safety devices that can save lives. You are a fool.
If you believe the sensors and the regulations requiring them are not
desirable, then I suggest you take your case to the authorities making those
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