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This is a discussion on Scare at Home within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by retsupt99 At night, pull the cord to detach the chain, or twist drive...you'll hear the motor turning (sort of an 'attempt alarm'), ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post

    At night, pull the cord to detach the chain, or twist drive...you'll hear the motor turning (sort of an 'attempt alarm'), but the door won't be opening.
    Be careful doing that then there is nothing holding the door shut it would just lift right up. If you are going to pull the cord lock it as well.

    I vote for a outlet switched remotely like an x10 outlet then a key fob so you would pull up hit they key fob wait a second and hit the opener button after closing switch the outlet off


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    Great idea

    Quote Originally Posted by halfcrazy View Post
    Be careful doing that then there is nothing holding the door shut it would just lift right up. If you are going to pull the cord lock it as well.

    I vote for a outlet switched remotely like an x10 outlet then a key fob so you would pull up hit they key fob wait a second and hit the opener button after closing switch the outlet off
    That idea of a key fob for a remote outlet control is a great idea.

    I had thought of using a remotely controlled outlet only from inside the house. Doing it the way you suggest assures no electronic entry unless by some incredible coincidence the BG has both types of remotes.

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    I have a similar story. My garage door would open mysteriously as well. The first time it opened in the dark of night was puzzling and scary. I never figured it out, but it may have been from a military plane that flew overhead.

    I changed the code but it still opened.

    I can't use it anymore anyway since my wife closed it on the hatchback of our car and bent the top panel.

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    Perhaps a neighbor's garage door opener was ont he same frequency and they had to be at just the right place for your opener to pick it up. I had a manual throw bar attached to my garage door when it was installed. It's standard garage door equipment, DIY install, and very inexpensive. Just slide the bar over (it inserts into a slot in the track that is made for it) and the door is going nowhere. Do this at night or before you leave on a trip (and then go out through another door). My garage door openers also have a LOCK mode button on the wall unit. Hold it down three seconds and it disengages the electronic receiver. The light in the button flashes when it is locked. You can still open and close the door from the inside wall unit, but that's it. I have Marantec garage door openers. They are VERY smooth and quiet, belt driven encased spring (for anyone who has ever had car damage from a broken opener spring or chain). I have show cars, so I take no chances on garage door openers chains and springs. I had one break once, but luckily I had no damage to my show car. I've seen numerous cars that have had thousands of dollars damage from this. Check out Marantec online...cool stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    Perhaps a neighbor's garage door opener was ont he same frequency and they had to be at just the right place for your opener to pick it up.
    That thought occurred to me, and it still could have been the cause, but that was 15 years ago and the nearest neighbor with a garage was over a mile away.

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    Good job with the SA and the sense to SLLS before barging into the garage. Glad you didn't have a tango to engage.

    I would agree with getting a manual power switch for your opener. Installing would be easy enough, lord knows there is enough info on the net to wire you whole house. Random signals could have triggered your door. I am not a fan of automatic garage doors for that reason.
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    Most door openers today don't just use frequency, they also transmit a code, the better ones change the code every time the remote is used (you have to "sync" each remote to the opener) making randomly opening doors next to impossible.

    There is a pressure detection circuit as well as electric eyes to prevent closing the door on a child etc. I would try decreasing the sensitivity of the pressure circuit, it is usually a screw knob on the back side of the motor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockStrongo View Post
    I think better than turning off the opener is to just use the built in manual bar that locks the garage door while you are at home. That way, if someone or something does it again.. you will hear the garage door try to open but stop due to the bar manually blocking it. Just remember to unlock it again before you back through it with the car in the morning... :-)
    I will suggest against this also. If a BG or forgetful family member tries to use the opener, you may burn up the motor or damage the door.
    These units have a very short range too.
    My spring is wrapped around the cross rod (see pic), so no massive exposed springs.
    My opener in the garage has a lock switch to disable the electronics, same thing as a power switch. No red light, no power.
    I never noticed it till just now!
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    When I was on the job many years ago, I was working the graveyard shift and patroling one of our suburban neighborhoods. The dispatcher called me on the radio, and as I responded while driving down the street several garage doors opened. Scared the hell out of several home owners, who were also surprised to see a patrol car respond so quickly to a prowler call

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rmac58 View Post
    I will suggest against this also. If a BG or forgetful family member tries to use the opener, you may burn up the motor or damage the door.
    These units have a very short range too.
    My spring is wrapped around the cross rod (see pic), so no massive exposed springs.
    My opener in the garage has a lock switch to disable the electronics, same thing as a power switch. No red light, no power.
    I never noticed it till just now!
    The lock mode takes care of the problem and is very easy if your model has that feature. Glad you noticed you have this before you went through some alternative fix.
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    My Aunt sent some of these to my mom a little while back. The receptacle looking piece plugs into the existing receptacle and is switched on and off by the remote. You could put this in the power plug for your garage door opener and it would allow you to disable or enable the opener remotely all throughout your house, instead of a hardwired switch. These are also good for lamps and whatnot that are plugged into receptacles that are hard to get to! Worth a shot anyway. Lemme know what y'all think about that?

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    I have mentioned this before here but it amazes me that so many garage door openers are so quiet..if I had one, I would want it to be loud enough to be heard inside the house so that I would be alerted to an intrusion..I would also have it wired to a wall switch for on and off...if you approach and click the opener and it doesnt open, then it's off. Turn off your car, go in and flip the switch, go back to the car and open the door and proceed in..it's not rocket science, just a little inconvient for being safer at night..duh
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    IMHO it is a bad idea to attempt to clear a house, garage, etc., unless you're SWAT and on duty. I think it's a better idea to arm yourself, get your family secured in one room, call 911, and wait for BG(s) to come to you. That way, you spring the ambush and you know where your rounds are going. There's too much margin for error the other way. You don't know how many attackers or where they are.
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    Hey Y'all: I'm sure that many of you are very proficient in your defensive/firearm capabilities and that is great. It sounds from maasat that he is in that category and I'm glad it was a false alarm. Personally, I pay my taxes for a police department and yes, they are not seconds away and probably many minutes away, but they are still, IMO, the safest bet as far as I am concerned. I am not going to expose myself or my wife to something I do not know anything about. In my house it is only my wife and I--no children in other areas of house and no other family members to be worried about. When we go to sleep, I put a rug and a door stopper on my side of bedroom door which I have also locked. Everything on the other side of my bedroom door is "stuff" that can be replaced or is insured. If my garage opened like that, I would call 911, activate the car alarm in the garage, set myself up in my bedroom and listen. I am not going to risk my life against who knows what just for "stuff". If they want in to my bedroom, their actions to overcome the lock and the fairly adequate barricade are now actions that truly endanger my wife and I; I can assure you I will be ready with enough of my "stuff" to make them very sorry and I will have the advantage. Hopefully the police will have come by then or the car alarm spooked them, or they did their smash and grab and left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelcarry View Post
    Hey Y'all: I'm sure that many of you are very proficient in your defensive/firearm capabilities and that is great. It sounds from maasat that he is in that category and I'm glad it was a false alarm. Personally, I pay my taxes for a police department and yes, they are not seconds away and probably many minutes away, but they are still, IMO, the safest bet as far as I am concerned. I am not going to expose myself or my wife to something I do not know anything about. In my house it is only my wife and I--no children in other areas of house and no other family members to be worried about. When we go to sleep, I put a rug and a door stopper on my side of bedroom door which I have also locked. Everything on the other side of my bedroom door is "stuff" that can be replaced or is insured. If my garage opened like that, I would call 911, activate the car alarm in the garage, set myself up in my bedroom and listen. I am not going to risk my life against who knows what just for "stuff". If they want in to my bedroom, their actions to overcome the lock and the fairly adequate barricade are now actions that truly endanger my wife and I; I can assure you I will be ready with enough of my "stuff" to make them very sorry and I will have the advantage. Hopefully the police will have come by then or the car alarm spooked them, or they did their smash and grab and left.
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