Blog Archive: August 8, 2011
Garage Door Operator Back-up System
Ride through any housing development built in the last 15 or 20 years, and one aspect of the homes jumps out: the garage is right up front.
So it follows that a recent online survey found that 71 percent of homeowners use their garage door as the primary access point to their home. It’s so common that many people no longer carry house keys.
The problem comes when there’s a power outage and access to your home can be impeded.
I had a guy tell me he was trapped outside of his house several days. The power went out, his family was out of town, he didn’t have a house key, and he ended up at the neighbors’ for four or five days.
For getting out in a power outage, modern garage door openers have an emergency pull cord. You give a yank, and it disengages the door, allowing you to open it by hand. (If your garage door is balanced and working properly, you should be able to open it with two fingers.) But there are people who don’t know how the pull-cord works, and the process can be too much for the elderly or people with disabilities. And even if you can [more]