You have to wonder why stubborn people even announce what they are going
to do. Clearly he was already convinced that the 30 minute job of
running some low voltage wire and mounting a sensor was an undesirable,
overwhelming task when he made the post.
I won't speak for OP; I only agreed w/ him that there are times/places
where the practical utility of the beams is minimal at best and risks of
not using them are (imo acceptably) low.
It really wouldn't make much difference from a risk-aversion standpoint
here if I were to have installed them on the one I mentioned I had just
done as it's a double garage and the other half has an opener that isn't
equipped with them at all. That garage is the one that gets by far the
most use as it is the primary automobile while the other had been being
used as storage for the time since we returned to the farm and I finally
managed to clean up enough to get the other car in there and out of the
barn where it's been parked and (mostly) unused and in the way...and,
no, I'm not about to either replace a working one in the other garage
until/before it fails nor go to the effort to move them. :)
It's all about circumstances...
well if a lost kid happens to get trapped by your door that exclusion
may see you lose your home your retirement and everything else you
worked a lifetime for.
or perhaps just a criminal proscuetion ???
or just living with having killed a kid and the scorn of friends
but hey 30 minutes and a doorbell button is very expensive and a big
not worth the effort
OK, let's consider this scenario a little...
A "lost" kid is going to wander by this particular farmstead that is
some several miles from any residential area or highway in an area that
is topographically flat and treeless to the point one can see telephone
poles clearly on the horizon in any direction 5 miles away and then once
having gotten here rather than approach the house is instead going to go
into a fully detached garage, locate the garage door opener button that
is at least 4-ft off the floor (probably close to 5-ft as it is mounted
about a foot above the light switch) so this poor unfortunate lost
tyke of a soul has to be a decent-sized/aged kid and open it then push
it and then deliberately go stand or lie down in its path and wait for
it to close on him/her.
OK, yeah, I'm worryin' now...
That isn't, agreed, but--got me thinkin'. I _might_ just velcro the
remote to the header outside...then wouldn't have to walk around the
fence into the yard and around to the other in order to get in from the
farmyard side...I like it!!! :)
Actually, it came to me "why" in many cases, particularly ones like this...
It's just _so_ much sport to tweak the nanny-cops and watch/read the
(utterly predictable) righteous outrage and indignation... :)
Yes, it is a fact that when I push the button and walk out and it
reverses that is a nuisance indeed... :)
That's only the most frequent of the other nuisances as well that had w/
the one location that did have them installed...but at that time the
kids were still at home and were living in a residential neighborhood so
I put up w/ it despite the nuisance.
Now that there are no kids and am back on the farm and it's isolated
enough so there's no chance somebody else's kids will wander around
unbeknownst, there's really no point in retaining this nuisance factor
in my life at the moment.
Other situations are, certainly, different and I'd consider them on
their individual merits/concerns.
???? go out that way? I go out through the door and hit the close
button as I go. I don't have to even think about 'avoiding the beam'.
I can't recall even once that the door started to close and then
opened as I went through it.
You _do_ have a close button on the door jamb?
Something does not compute.
I agree with you that they are a PITA.
I've had GDO installations with & without the safety sensors.
A feature I always add to GDO installations is a "Dad switch", a
switch I mount about 6' off the ground on the garage door opening
framing just inside. This way I can close the door while standing
outside the view of the sensors and not have to jump over them or key
into a touch pad. Touch pads are handy entrance devices but the "Dad
switch" is way faster for closing.
On Wed, 25 Nov 2009 05:30:56 -0800 (PST), email@example.com wrote:
I, of course, gotta log in with dpb, et al.
2-door detached garage, one bay with 20+ yr-old opener, no lites.
Lites on only 1 bay would look funny.
I am a loner, dawg is not allowed that area. Very few kids around
and they got noooooo business out there.
If auto-reverse works well, I'll set that up and test, but no lites
on door. Somebody darts in there after I push the button, they'll
get a tap on the shoulder or head, big deal (knock some sense into 'em?).
You'll do whatcha need. And I'll do what *I* need.
Remember the axiom of systems: "Fail-safe systems often fail by failing to
In this case, imagine the scenario where you punch the button for door-down
and go inside (or drive away). Meanwhile, the safety sensors cannot see each
other (power failure, dirt, leaf, whatever) and raise the door. Shortly
thereafter, a passing band of thieves go "Bless you lord!," sacrifice a
chicken, and remove everything from your garage, including your pin-up
calendar, and the length of rubber hose you use to siphon lawnmower gas.
You return to the garage to face a yawing abyss, a vast emptiness, and a
garage door opener about to bust its buttons because it saved a life!
You relied on a fail-safe system to keep things safe. Now you weep.
Of course the purist would say "It's your own damn fault for not making sure
the door stayed down!" But the obvious flaw in THAT argument is: "If I were
in the habit of watching the door go down, why would I need an electric-eye
No, if I were watching the door go down, I could monitor whether a kid was
stuck beneath. Then I could make a decision about whether to rescue him (or
As for logic being stretched, thieves are opportunists. With 50 house on the
street, only one of which has the garage door open in the middle of the
night, which of the 50 do you think will be the most enticing?
Maybe I'm missing something; what part of my logic do you fear is
Oh. Inasmuch as the whole discussion had to do with the door coming down (or
refusing to do so), leaving the door up intentionally does not enter the
equation nor, for that reason, did I consider it.
That said, if I intentionally leave the door open while I'm working around
the house AND some thieves start to haul off my stuff AND I discover same, I
will scoop out their lungs with my bulb-planting tool.
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