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  • Garage Security Warning

    Like many here, I work out of a garage based shop which is equipped with an automatic garage door opener. Recently, I learned of a posting on YouTube, warning (or instructing how-to, depending on your moral standards) of a method of defeat of automatic garage door openers, allowing for possible unauthorized access:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMz1tXBVT1s

    While some folks are using a tie wrap on the opener trolley to defeat this method of attack, I felt it defeated an important safety device. I plan to use two lengths of angle iron, one on the top edge of the garage door, another affixed to the door header, that overlap when the door is closed, denying the use of this style of attack.

    Fred

  • #2
    Good warning, and good idea, thanks.

    When I had the garage door style with the row of windows at the top, I didn't like the idea of people being able to look in and see my stuff, but I liked the light it provided. What I ended up doing was misting the windows with a very light, dusting coat of white spray paint.


    Gary
    Gary


    Appearance is Everything...

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    • #3
      When I wired my house, I put the circuit for the garage door openers on a separate breaker (breaker panel conveniently located in garage), so that I could shut off the openers when I went on vacation. In addition, a c-clamp on the overhead door track serves as a backup.
      Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
      ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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      • #4
        Best thing to do is have insurance and an alarm. I have the old style fold up door with 2 pieces of rebar I stick through the door and into the garage floor. My bigest fear is having my tools stolen.

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        • #5
          Can't see the problem, over here the garage door opener is the missus.
          Anyone stealing her will soon return her.

          An electric door opener has to be the hight of idleness or is is to save fuel leaving the engine running in that 7 litre gas guzzling tank whilst you get out to open the door?

          .
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          Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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          • #6
            An electric door opener has to be the hight of idleness or is is to save fuel leaving the engine running in that 7 litre gas guzzling tank whilst you get out to open the door?
            None of the above. It's to keep from mussing my hair during a frog strangler rainstorm.
            Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
            ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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            • #7
              Thanks for the warning. I had tied mine up with wire when the local police told me about the issue.

              I talk with the police often. I find that a discussion with them now and then, inviting them into the shop and such helps me out. They have pointed out a few things I didnt think about. Plus, they enjoy seeing what I'm up to. We talk about all sorts of stuff and coffee is normaly served.

              The plus side to this is I see them driving around the block and slowing as they go around the shop. They watch things for me. I couldnt pay for service like that. Now every once in a while I fix something for them for free. But thats cheap insurance.

              rock~
              Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.

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              • #8
                Why worry about the garage door, if they can walk around my shop with out tripping on all the junk on the floor more power to them. My biggest concern is a crack head breaking in and tripping and falling on top of my Hout tool cart that has alot of CAT 40's with razor sharp endmills and drill bits then impailing they doped head. Sadly if the doper manages to live they would be able to file a lawsuit in civil court.

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                • #9
                  Fred, Your title scared Me. I was thinking the worst. Then I read the thd. and was calmed.
                  A friend of Mine was burglarized while on vacation 2 weeks ago. He had His adult Daughter house sitting, but they broke in while She was out shopping.The thieves went in through the front door. His Neighbor was robbed a year ago. Broke out a street facing bedroom window.

                  I have had 3 vehicles broken into , one truck stolen and 2 different houses broken into in the last 25 years.

                  I just found out that a guy that I used to work with has been tied to 25 burglaries in the El Dorado Hills area, I thought He was an honest guy the 5 or so years I was around Him
                  .
                  Let's be careful out there!


                  Steve

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                  • #10
                    Just disable the door. Parking a car in the garage is overrated anyway and cuts into available tool room.
                    Guaranteed not to rust, bust, collect dust, bend, chip, crack or peel

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                    • #11
                      Any theif that breaks into my garage will have to figure out how to get things past my 20" Lodge & Shiply lathe that at the garage door when open.

                      Ken

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                      • #12
                        My neighbors garage door would open by itself almost daily at different time intervals. She has an Overhead door opener. Finally I changed the security codes in the controller and both the remotes and it solved the problem. Must be some stray RF was tripping it. Now it's her wireless doorbell, it rings every now and then by itself, I suspect stray RF is the culprit there also.

                        JL.............

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                        • #13
                          Easy - no opener, big trailer in front of door, crossbar locked outside of the track.
                          Chris
                          Merkel, Tx
                          http://raceabilene.com/kelly/hotrod

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                          • #14
                            I'm not worried,if they can get over the iron fence and past the hounds they deserve a reward


                            I just need one more tool,just one!

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                            • #15
                              That must be an old(er) door opener if it opens from "stray RF" as you say. More likely it is someone else's door on the same frequency and also an old opener remote. Newer versions have encrypted data, revolving codes, or use spread spectrum. I would replace the controller completely after an incident like that even though you changed the channel. Folks who break into places also can keep a pile of remotes and just keep changing channels until someone's door opens.

                              If I had room left in my garage I would love to be able to use it for a car ;-)

                              As an extra measure I keep padlocks in the tracks and the cross bars.

                              Originally posted by JoeLee
                              My neighbors garage door would open by itself almost daily at different time intervals. She has an Overhead door opener. Finally I changed the security codes in the controller and both the remotes and it solved the problem. Must be some stray RF was tripping it. Now it's her wireless doorbell, it rings every now and then by itself, I suspect stray RF is the culprit there also.

                              JL.............
                              "Work hard. Tell everyone everything you know. Close a deal with a handshake. Have fun!"

                              -- Harold "Doc" Edgerton

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