Interesting thread you started. Quite interesting how some have tried
to equate a garage door coming downwards with vehicles and structures.
But I am another that has my sensors on top of the opener, pointing
each other. Peice of twine holding them together. Some day, the
manufacturers will be required to use other methods to make sure that
they are indeed spaced 8 or 16 feet apart.
There would then be a mirror on the wall of my garage.
Sure you can disconnect the wires. But why disable a safety feature?
If a child was killed or injured what would the judge say about
negligence? I'd think it would be worse if the safety feature was
removed than a dorr that never had a safety feature. The right thing
to do is to fix the safety feature of both doors.
Doesn't the electric-eye business just prevent an inconvenient bruise? By
that I mean if the door actually HITS an obstruction, won't it automatically
I thought the electric eye sensors were to prevent a bump on the head, not
to prevent the life squeezed out of you by a relentless motor that says "I'm
gonna put this goddamn door down no matter what!"
I suppose you could pull your car half-way into the garage such that the
safety beams were unimpeded as they shined underneath the car. If so, are
you in danger of a home-made car-crusher? I don't think so.
On Sun 28 Dec 2008 06:33:17p, email@example.com told us...
My opener is probably 30+ years old and works like new. I wouldn't replace
it just for that reason. It does have auto-reverse based on pressure, but
no electric eye. If I had a neighbor with a 3 year old, then I'd suggest
they keep a better eye on it and teach it not to go on other people's
(correct the spelling of "geemail" to reply)
Fail-safe systems often fail by failing to fail safe.
A better safety feature would be, in my estimation, an audio device. It
could be two-way. Before activating the closing sequence it would go
"Beep-beep-beep... The door is closing. Please stand back. The door is
closing..." like on subway trains.
Of course this wouldn't work too well for someone trying to sneak home
without waking the wife after a night of debauchery.
Anyway, the reversing mechanism would come into play if the audio device
detected unabated screaming.
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