On Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:44:02 -0700, 21blackswan wrote:
There are videos out there for how to release the safety
pull tab by sticking something thin inside at the top.
It's easier if the garage door has glass windows at
Why do you ask? Are you planning a few burglaries?
If so, I get 10% ...
On my separate garage, I don't think there is any space on top. No flexible
moulding. But, my regular door is unlocked, so anyone can go right in.
LOL! Guess this thread is not for you then.
Kinda like the guy running around like a chicken with his head cut off
trying to figure out how to get back into his car as he's locked himself
He's really panic stricken and it's way out of proportion to a simple
thing like locking his keys in the car.
Finally somebody calls him on it: "Settle down, it's no big deal.
Worst case we'll call a locksmith and while it may take some time for
him to get here and cost you some money, he'll get you in with no damage
to the car!"
But you don't understand! It's about to rain and the top is down on my
The success of this method may depend on how the door is installed.
I just tried this at my house and there does not appear to be a way to get
the correct angle on the hanger to reach the release. When my garage door
is closed, the top overlaps the bottom of the header by almost 2 inches.
When you push the hanger past the weather stripping it is forced straight
up towards the ceiling.
I even went inside and manually hooked the hanger onto the release, bending
the hanger into the correct shape. I went back outside and pulled the
release to open the door. That worked fine. But then, leaving the hanger
bent at the correct angle, I wasn't able to get it to reach the release
when I tried it fresh from the outside. It kept just going straight up.
I even tried going in sort of sideways and spinning to hanger towards the
release but I still couldn't get the angle right. For that method to even
have worked, the hanger would already have to have been bent exactly right.
Perhaps via trial and error a burglar could make it work, but it wouldn't
be done in 6 seconds like the video showed.
On Monday, June 24, 2013 11:39:29 PM UTC-7, Danny D. wrote:
I was wondering about my [own] garage/house security
I also wondered how important it was to lock
the door in the garage, going into the house,
which I do at night only [don't tell anyone]
no glass windows on my garage door
With all the other glass windos in my house, I do not worry about the garage
door security. It does have an opener and that is all I close when I go
off. My wife will lock the door to the house from the garage at night, but
I don't think about it.
Outside the garage is a keypad that will open that door and I do have a key
hidden in the garage that will open the house door. That is so the kids (
they are grown and do not live here) can get in if we are not here, and when
we moved in a bout 10 years ago my wife locked herself out about 2 or 3
Unless you are going to put iron bars over all the windows it is almost
point less to put very much money , time or effort in locking up a house.
Just a simple door lock will keep out the people that are just waling by.
For instance my house has a deck on the back. Just go to the deck, pick
up a chair or anything laying around , break out he window and climb in.
Lots quicker and simpler than fooling with the garage door pull string.
Also the back door has glass in it, just break it out and unlock that door.
I do not want the house broken into, but if it is, I will just let the
insurance company do most of the worring. For what the alarm companies
want, I can buy a lot of insurance. Also will get new stuff to replace the
old stuff. I do have lots of pic of the stuff in the house that I would
want replaced if stolen.
If I am in the house, the S&W will be the first line of defense.
Why bother? Just get the lightest weight nylon wire tie you can find
and loop it through the latch. Latch will work perfectly as intended
with just a slightly harder pull on the hand cord but there's no way
they will get it sprung using a coat hanger, etc. unless you have a
window in the door panel in which case they are probably going to be
able to foil just about ANY countermeasure short of welding the release
and making it totally inoperable.
When I first saw one of those videos I was surprised that it was that
easy. When I got home I reached into my supply of nylon ties and cured
the problem in 1 minute.
On 6/25/2013 9:22 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
With an attached garage, you pretty much have to view the interior door
(locked or unlocked) as secondary security. Once the garage has been
entered, how hard is it for a burglar to close the garage door and beat
the living daylights out of that interior access door?
Hardening your garage door (equipped with an opener) is very easy to do.
The lightest weight nylon wire tie you can find will make it all but
impossible for a thief to enter the garage using that vulnerability
shown on the videos offered in this thread while at the same time
allowing you to snap the tie easily by using the pull cord release in
the manner intended by the manufacturer.
We reside in the country and have neighbors (we all watch out for each
other) but our detached garage & shop is always locked, tied in to the
home's burglar/fire alarm. Regardless, I used the nylon tie and when we
go on an extended trip away from home, I always "lock out" the garage
door remote control. The keypad function is NOT disabled and the steel
access door with a "hardened" frame and latch area is secured ALWAYS by
a deadbolt with digital keypad.
The best you can hope for is to make it difficult. You cannot make it
Our interior door is steel with dead lock bolt(per fire code) and
alarmed. We have a big dog in the back yard. I tried to gimmick the
opener latch like that in the video but our garage door would not yield
enough gap to shove in the coat hanger wire hook.
I agree, make it difficult. Best we can do.
Good point. Our door is high and a short radius which make it difficult
to gain enough room to get a stiff wire in there but not impossible.
Thinking about it, you can pretty much prevent it altogether if you
adjust the closing force "correctly" i.e. have that arm holding - with
great force - the top panel of the door hard against the door header.
Unless you really have it tightened down as above, you can slip/pound a
wedge in between the top panel and header and get a bit of work room for
I think If you have installed a proper alarm system than you don't need
to care more about the security of your garage.Because the other person
knows that if they try to open the door the alarm will be triggered and
they got in any trouble.
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