I have 2 electric open garage doors. One has no gismos on it and it goes
up and down fine. The other one has that goddamn electric eye that keeps
getting out of line plus when the door is open the goddamn light keeps
coming on when you walk through. Can I just disconnect the wires and
have it work like the sensible door?
No you can't just disconnect the wires but what you can do is put the eyes
up above the door pointing at each other and you won't have these problems
again. Then when selling the house put them back for safety and inspection
reasons. I don't know who made them mandatory but they cause more problems
then they solve IMHO.
At last! Someone with the SAME frustration as me.
No longer can we push the button and make a run for it while the door
No longer can we walk through the open door in darkness when we so
Once, my door operator would close the overhead door down to the "beam"
then retract abruptly. There was a leaf - a STUPID *LEAF* - that was
stuck to the bottom gasket that was interrupting the light beam, causing
the door to reopen.
Hand-wringing, bleeding-heart mode: ON
If only ONE life is saved by such a safety mechanism, then everyone
should cheerfully accept the inconvenience and hassle of the system.
What a crock.
On Thu, 25 Dec 2008 08:44:42 -0600, Jim Redelfs wrote:
I modify the usage a bit on mine. Instead of having them six inches off
the floor I string a taught-line to determine the line for the farthest
forward part of both vehicles. After some tweaking I end up with a door
that won't come down if either vehicle would get hit.
I wonder what the "no one can tell me what to do" homes actually look
like or are they just folks who enjoy being contrary?
I can understand the idea of having standardization and rules. I like
the idea that I can get on a train and there is a pretty good chance
that another one won't be coming the other way. Or that pressure safety
valves are required on water heaters, or that incidents such as one that
recently happened when a deck fell because the ledger wasn't properly
attached leaving someone a quadraplegic can be prevented or that I might
be able to escape a hotel fire because of fire alarms and panic hardware
on fire doors.
Just like yours. However, the occupant(s) might be a bit more
frustrated than you by intrusive safety mandates.
Naw. I buckle-up EVERY time I drive. I won't ride a motorcycle without
a helmet. Still, seatbelt and helmet laws SUCK big time.
Your examples of "standardization and rules" are well stated. Stopping
at a stop sign or red light is obviously A Good Thing<tm>.
"Crash bar" latches on doors that open OUTWARD on the exits of public
buildings were mandated after there were hundreds or thousands of fire
One or two "conventional" doors that open OUTWARD, located on either
side of a revolving door, were mandated after there were hundreds or
thousands of fire fatalities.
T&P (safety) valves were mandated after hundreds or thousands of
injuries and fatalities caused by exploding, overheated water heaters.
Nit-picky stuff, such as overhead door operator "electric eyes" are more
of a PITA than much else.
Such micro-management by those determined to prove they know better how
to save us from ourselves than we do ourselves is abhorrent to me.
How about the safety legend on every bucket of stuff to protect children
from drowning? There was even a proposed regulation (I'm told) that mandated
every bucket have a hole so it would not accumulate liquids in sufficient
quantity to present a drowning hazard.
In the UK, some cities have an ordinance forbidding fire extinguishers from
the common areas of apartment buildings under the theory that their
availability merely encourages the amateur to fight a fires instead of
calling the fire brigade.
Also in the UK, speed warning signs remained useless until the constabulary
developed a training program for the acquisition, transportation, and safe
use by all assigned personnel, of a one-meter step ladder.
As topical for the season, I suspect new laws will come into force soon
demanding that all product packaging be able to be opened by simply blowing
on the item. Thousands of ER visits took place yesterday as people employed
sharp instruments (knives, razors, machetes, axes, etc.), saws, and even
flames to gain access to the clam-shelled goodies contained therein.
Classic case of putting a bandaid on a problem instead of fixing it. A couple of
instances of the auto reverse function not working on the door, someone gets an
arm or leg (or car!) dented and they decide to put in the photocell instead of
fixing the obstruction sensor.
No, it's just another Band-Aid trying to cover for ignorant,
irresponsible parents. Some shit head squished their toddler under the
garage door because they were not properly supervising the toddler and
they hit the close button without looking - something that is clearly
negligence on their part. Of course they get or perhaps were slime ball
lawyers so they decide to make a big stink and blame the garage door
manufacturer in order to hide from their own responsibility. The end
result is yet another asinine "safety" device that causes problems for
millions of people in order to try to protect tens of people from their
Let's see, inconvenience vs possible injury or death. I will
take a few more inconveniences over possible death any day. The
reason they were put in was due to the number of serious injurys and
deaths that were occurring.
OP If you follow Rich's advice and a neighbor kid gets hurt or worse,
you are not going to be very happy.
The problem is what you indicate simply isn't true. It was true in the
past that new safety standards resulted from numerous injuries and
deaths, and there was plenty of review to determine if the new rules
were justified. Today, these new "safety" rules often result from a
single lawsuit which goes unproven when a manufacturer caves and settles
out of court, implementing some asinine "safety" device rather than
going to the effort of proving the person(s) who brought the lawsuit
were actually at fault.
On Thu, 25 Dec 2008 15:17:55 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (MacD) wrote:
So you think that a working safety device is a bad idea. Do
you have any idea what would happen if a neighborhood kid was injured
by that door that you had intentionally disabled?
It is not difficult to get those devices working as they
should. I have found if you install and maintain them with minimal
effort, they are very reliable.
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