Home Repair (alt.home.repair) For all homeowners and DIYers with many experienced tradesmen. Solve your toughest home fix-it problems.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1   Report Post  
Posted to alt.home.repair
external usenet poster
 
Posts: 3,044
Default Garage Door opener - new problem to me!

Recently the door would occasionally reverse when closing. Yesterday I
couldn't make it close by pulling on it (figured the tension might be
wrong). Disconnect and it would almost fall shut so no friction
problem. Been awhile so I cleaned the IR sender/sensor. Closed. Aha!
fixed it...nope. Did the same this morning. Tested the indicator
light - yep, it is seeing the sendor. Cleaned again, door still won't
close. Was just heading for the house when I noticed this little bitty
sprig of cheatgrass with a flimsy head on it leaning in the door.
Picked it and door fixed! That explained why it was intermittent -
depended on how the breeze was blowing. It may have degraded the
signal by about 50% which was apparently enough.

Harry K

  #2   Report Post  
Posted to alt.home.repair
external usenet poster
 
Posts: 337
Default Garage Door opener - new problem to me!

Harry K wrote:
Recently the door would occasionally reverse when closing. Yesterday I
couldn't make it close by pulling on it (figured the tension might be
wrong). Disconnect and it would almost fall shut so no friction
problem. Been awhile so I cleaned the IR sender/sensor. Closed. Aha!
fixed it...nope. Did the same this morning. Tested the indicator
light - yep, it is seeing the sendor. Cleaned again, door still won't
close. Was just heading for the house when I noticed this little bitty
sprig of cheatgrass with a flimsy head on it leaning in the door.
Picked it and door fixed! That explained why it was intermittent -
depended on how the breeze was blowing. It may have degraded the
signal by about 50% which was apparently enough.

Harry K

Yeah, it doesn't take much sometimes. I've had the reversal problem on
occasion and confirmed one time that it was caused by a spider. My guess
is that the movement of the door caused vibrations which were
transmitted to the sensor and sometimes they prompted it to move in a
direction which blocked the beam. So now I suck up all the little
critters that prefer those corners along with their webs a few times a
year with the shop-vac.

--
John McGaw
[Knoxville, TN, USA]
http://johnmcgaw.com
  #3   Report Post  
Posted to alt.home.repair
external usenet poster
 
Posts: 6,586
Default Garage Door opener - new problem to me!

John McGaw wrote:
Harry K wrote:

Recently the door would occasionally reverse when closing. Yesterday I
couldn't make it close by pulling on it (figured the tension might be
wrong). Disconnect and it would almost fall shut so no friction
problem. Been awhile so I cleaned the IR sender/sensor. Closed. Aha!
fixed it...nope. Did the same this morning. Tested the indicator
light - yep, it is seeing the sendor. Cleaned again, door still won't
close. Was just heading for the house when I noticed this little bitty
sprig of cheatgrass with a flimsy head on it leaning in the door.
Picked it and door fixed! That explained why it was intermittent -
depended on how the breeze was blowing. It may have degraded the
signal by about 50% which was apparently enough.

Harry K

Yeah, it doesn't take much sometimes. I've had the reversal problem on
occasion and confirmed one time that it was caused by a spider. My guess
is that the movement of the door caused vibrations which were
transmitted to the sensor and sometimes they prompted it to move in a
direction which blocked the beam. So now I suck up all the little
critters that prefer those corners along with their webs a few times a
year with the shop-vac.

Hi,
Stray light from sun does wonders some times too.
  #4   Report Post  
Posted to alt.home.repair
external usenet poster
 
Posts: 3,044
Default Garage Door opener - new problem to me!


Tony Hwang wrote:
John McGaw wrote:
Harry K wrote:

Recently the door would occasionally reverse when closing. Yesterday I
couldn't make it close by pulling on it (figured the tension might be
wrong). Disconnect and it would almost fall shut so no friction
problem. Been awhile so I cleaned the IR sender/sensor. Closed. Aha!
fixed it...nope. Did the same this morning. Tested the indicator
light - yep, it is seeing the sendor. Cleaned again, door still won't
close. Was just heading for the house when I noticed this little bitty
sprig of cheatgrass with a flimsy head on it leaning in the door.
Picked it and door fixed! That explained why it was intermittent -
depended on how the breeze was blowing. It may have degraded the
signal by about 50% which was apparently enough.

Harry K

Yeah, it doesn't take much sometimes. I've had the reversal problem on
occasion and confirmed one time that it was caused by a spider. My guess
is that the movement of the door caused vibrations which were
transmitted to the sensor and sometimes they prompted it to move in a
direction which blocked the beam. So now I suck up all the little
critters that prefer those corners along with their webs a few times a
year with the shop-vac.

Hi,
Stray light from sun does wonders some times too.


Oh yeah, BTDT have the T-shirt. That was one of the trouble shooting
things I checked while working on it.

Harry K

Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules

Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sony TV - Picture Problem Bruce H Electronics Repair 4 October 10th 06 01:30 AM
Liftmaster Garage Door problem [email protected] Home Repair 3 March 3rd 06 06:38 AM
Freezer Problem in the Garage Robert Tamlyn Home Repair 3 August 9th 05 12:38 AM
Garage Door Opener Problem [email protected] Home Ownership 1 January 21st 05 05:51 AM
Problem with Sears 1/2 HP garage door opener going down Jay Home Repair 2 April 18th 04 05:44 PM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 02:52 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2023, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004-2023 DIYbanter.
The comments are property of their posters.
 

About Us

"It's about DIY & home improvement"