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Saul Good
11-08-2011, 03:26 PM
I'm having a problem with my garage door. It's going down and then coming back up before it closes. Sometimes it makes it an inch. Sometimes it makes it a foot. Sometimes it makes it almost all the way down. Sometimes it actually closes all the way. There is really no rhyme nor reason for why it is stopping.

It will close all the way if I hold down the main button inside my garage or the "Enter" button on my keypad. Holding down the button on the remote doesn't work.

I've checked the sensors, and there doesn't seem to be a problem there. I have also greased the tracks. Neither have helped. I'm about to call a professional, but I'm sure he'll turn one screw and charge me $150. I'm more worried about looking like an idiot than I am paying the $150. Also, I'm an idiot.

Lzen
11-08-2011, 03:29 PM
I'm an idiot.

Water is wet.

Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 03:29 PM
Most openers do have an adjustment that IS simple.

What brand is your opener ?

HemiEd
11-08-2011, 03:29 PM
Something is tripping your sensors, or they are not properly aligned. I know you said you checked them, but I have had this problem numerous times. Sometimes it is kind of tricky.

Dicky McElephant
11-08-2011, 03:29 PM
What type of garage door opener do you have?

Saul Good
11-08-2011, 03:30 PM
Water is wet.

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Lzen
11-08-2011, 03:30 PM
Ok, seriously.

-Check that all your screws/bolts/nuts on the door are tightened so as to be sure its not warping/torquing while closing.

- Is there a sensitivity knob? Perhaps yours is set to low?

Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 03:30 PM
Is it coming ALL the way back up or just a little bit?

Saul Good
11-08-2011, 03:31 PM
It's a Liftmaster.

Saul Good
11-08-2011, 03:31 PM
Is it coming ALL the way back up or just a little bit?

ALL the way.

LiveSteam
11-08-2011, 03:32 PM
When the batteries start to go bad in the remote my door will start doing similar crap

Dicky McElephant
11-08-2011, 03:32 PM
It's a Liftmaster.

Ok....I worked tech support for Chamberlain for a year.

Go to the back of the opener. There should be two blue knobs that look like screws. There are numbers around them. Tell me what yours are set at.

Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 03:32 PM
It's a Liftmaster.

Both sensors have a STEADY glowing LED light? (both the sending AND receiving sensor need to have LED illuminated)

seclark
11-08-2011, 03:32 PM
i can't help...i usually just call the guy and he comes, fixes it. it's still under warranty, so he's never charged for it. bastard always comes when we're all at work, so we never know what he does to fix it. guess i'll worry about it when he starts charging.
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Lzen
11-08-2011, 03:33 PM
You say you've checked the sensors but which ones? The ones that shoot a beam to each other near the bottom of the door? Or the ones along the track on near the ceiling?

Dicky McElephant
11-08-2011, 03:33 PM
How old is your opener?

Donger
11-08-2011, 03:34 PM
I'm having a problem with my garage door. It's going down and then coming back up before it closes. Sometimes it makes it an inch. Sometimes it makes it a foot. Sometimes it makes it almost all the way down. Sometimes it actually closes all the way. There is really no rhyme nor reason for why it is stopping.

It will close all the way if I hold down the main button inside my garage or the "Enter" button on my keypad. Holding down the button on the remote doesn't work.

I've checked the sensors, and there doesn't seem to be a problem there. I have also greased the tracks. Neither have helped. I'm about to call a professional, but I'm sure he'll turn one screw and charge me $150. I'm more worried about looking like an idiot than I am paying the $150. Also, I'm an idiot.

Something is making the reverse mechanism engage. There's an adjustment knob on the motor housing that allows you to dial the amount of load that it will trip the reverse. You can adjust it so that it is less sensitive.

However, something is probably not right in the operation of the door. Have you disconnected the door from the opener and checked to see if its binding up somewhere?

Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 03:34 PM
Ok....I worked tech support for Chamberlain for a year.



Ha, I sold Chamberlain openers for a LONG time while I was in collge...Great chain openers for a damn good price...Was cake to sell them..made decent money.

Dicky McElephant
11-08-2011, 03:34 PM
Both sensors have a STEADY glowing LED light? (both the sending AND receiving sensor need to have LED illuminated)

You can check this as well. There should be an orange and a green light.

Dicky McElephant
11-08-2011, 03:35 PM
Ha, I sold Chamberlain openers for a LONG time while I was in collge...Great chain openers for a damn good price...Was cake to sell them..made decent money.

Tech support was easy as fuck. 95% of the calls were simple reprogramming of remotes.

MatriculatingHank
11-08-2011, 03:35 PM
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Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 03:35 PM
Tech support was easy as ****. 95% of the calls were simple reprogramming of remotes.

lol press button on opener, then press your remote and wait for light to flash...Bye now

Dicky McElephant
11-08-2011, 03:36 PM
lol press button on opener, then press your remote and wait for light to flash...Bye now

Pretty much. You'd get the occasional call where they ran it before they installed it.....but other than that.....easy shit.

Saul Good
11-08-2011, 03:37 PM
Ok....I worked tech support for Chamberlain for a year.

Go to the back of the opener. There should be two blue knobs that look like screws. There are numbers around them. Tell me what yours are set at.

both 6

Dayze
11-08-2011, 03:37 PM
could be a Johnson Rod.
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Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 03:37 PM
Pretty much. You'd get the occasional call where they ran it before they installed it.....but other than that.....easy shit.

nice....the ones I sold were under the 'Craftsman' brand, but were Chamberlain openers

Saul Good
11-08-2011, 03:37 PM
How old is your opener?

5 years

Dicky McElephant
11-08-2011, 03:39 PM
5 years

What color is the button on the back of your opener?

Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 03:39 PM
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Saul Good
11-08-2011, 03:40 PM
You can check this as well. There should be an orange and a green light.

One solid orange and one solid green. If I put my hand in between, they go off.

allen_kcCard
11-08-2011, 03:40 PM
Did you check the fluid in the floor sensors? Mine did the same things when it got low on me.

Dicky McElephant
11-08-2011, 03:41 PM
both 6

Those are around the right setting. How old is the actual door itself?

Saul Good
11-08-2011, 03:41 PM
What color is the button on the back of your opener?

Purple

Saul Good
11-08-2011, 03:41 PM
Those are around the right setting. How old is the actual door itself?

The house is 5 years old.

Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 03:41 PM
One solid orange and one solid green. If I put my hand in between, they go off.

sensors are good, its probably something in the travel or binding the door itself...I would check the door manually 1st...unhook the opener latch thingy and see how your door feels when you open and close it....

then move on to adjusting the travel / sensativity

Saul Good
11-08-2011, 03:43 PM
sensors are good, its probably something in the travel or binding the door itself...I would check the door manually 1st...unhook the opener latch thingy and see how your door feels when you open and close it....

then move on to adjusting the travel / sensativity

I've had to do it manually several times. I don't really feel any obvious binding. Then again, it's a 16' x 8' door, so it's pretty fucking heavy.

Dicky McElephant
11-08-2011, 03:43 PM
sensors are good, its probably something in the travel or binding the door itself...I would check the door manually 1st...unhook the opener latch thingy and see how your door feels when you open and close it....

then move on to adjusting the travel / sensativity

This.

Unlatch the door.....get it about halfway from the floor to the celing and let it go. If it stays....then adjust the down force a little bit. If it drops....then your door is unbalanced.

Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 03:43 PM
This same principle applies to the up travel adjustment. Turn the screw towards the increase and the door will open farther. Turning the screw towards the decrease button will have the opposite effect.

Things to remember during this adjustment phase:

One complete turn of the adjustment screw is equivalent to approximately 2 inches of travel.Turning the adjustment screw the direction of the arrow always increases travel. Turning it the opposite of the arrow decreases travel.The motor may overheat and shut off with repeated operation. Simply wait at least 30 minutes and try again.Always test the safety reverse system after adjusting the opener. We recommend repeating this test monthly.
Place a one inch board (or 2 x 4 laid flat) on the floor centered under the garage door. Operate the door in the down direction. The door must reverse on striking the board. If it does not, refer to your owner“s manual, call your LiftMaster Authorized Dealer or speak to one of our technical service representatives by calling the S.O.S. HotLine® at 1-800-528-5880. Failure to pass the above test could result in serious injury or death.

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TIED5573
11-08-2011, 03:44 PM
Ha, I sold Chamberlain openers for a LONG time while I was in collge...Great chain openers for a damn good price...Was cake to sell them..made decent money.

Nice story...but really, no help.

Cool story, though.

Dicky McElephant
11-08-2011, 03:44 PM
Don't adjust the travel screws.

Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 03:44 PM
also Force

How do I make force adjustments? The force adjustments control the pressure used to open and close the door. A new garage door opener from the factory is set to the lowest possible force adjustment. If you have a properly-balanced door, the forces required to open and close the door should be minimal. The force adjustments are usually located on the rear of the garage door opener and/or under one of the light lenses, if your opener has two lights. If you have lights on the side of your opener, the force adjustment will be located under the right light lens. The force adjustments are labeled with an arrow indicating open or close and numbered 1 to 9, with one being the lowest force and nine the highest. The force adjustments can only turn 260 degrees, or ¾ of a complete turn. Changes to the forces should be done in 10-degree increments. Please remember that too much force will interfere with the proper operation of the safety reversal system. Do not increase the force beyond the minimum amount required to close the door. Do not use the force adjustments to compensate for a sticking, binding, or unbalanced garage door. After adjusting the opener, always test the safety reverse system. We recommend repeating this test monthly. Place a one inch board (or 2 x 4 laid flat) on the floor, centered under the garage door. Operate the door in the down direction. The door must reverse upon striking the board. If it does not, refer to your owner“s manual, call your local LiftMaster Authorized Dealer or speak to one of our technical service representatives by calling our S.O.S. HotLine® at 1-800-528-5880. Failure to pass the above test could result in serious injury or death.

Stewie
11-08-2011, 03:45 PM
Ha, I sold Chamberlain openers for a LONG time while I was in collge...Great chain openers for a damn good price...Was cake to sell them..made decent money.

I have a Chamberlain that I bought at Sam's in about '95 that still works great. I was amazed that they was the largest manufacturer of openers in the world since I'd never heard of them.

I then replaced my other opener with a Sears Craftsman and it was the EXACT same opener as the Chamberlain. No wonder they are so big, they make the openers for a bunch of other companies. The Sears instruction manual was exactly the same except it said Craftsman where the other manual said Chamberlain.

Dicky McElephant
11-08-2011, 03:45 PM
Adjusting the travel screws tells the opener how far it needs to go down before it stops. Your travel screws should be fine. It's the closing power that is more than likely the issue.

Your garage door should be able to be opened and closed manually by a 10 year old child.

Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 03:45 PM
Nice story...but really, no help.

Cool story, though.

Hey I am too trying to help!

Meanie!

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LiveSteam
11-08-2011, 03:46 PM
Buy a new one

Saul Good
11-08-2011, 03:49 PM
This.

Unlatch the door.....get it about halfway from the floor to the celing and let it go. If it stays....then adjust the down force a little bit. If it drops....then your door is unbalanced.

It stayed where it was. Which direction do I adjust the down force? Also, there are screws on the side of the opener as well.

Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 03:49 PM
I have a Chamberlain that I bought at Sam's in about '95 that still works great. I was amazed that they was the largest manufacturer of openers in the world since I'd never heard of them.

I then replaced my other opener with a Sears Craftsman and it was the EXACT same opener as the Chamberlain. No wonder they are so big, they make the openers for a bunch of other companies. The Sears instruction manual was exactly the same except it said Craftsman where the other manual said Chamberlain.

Yup.....They made really good priced units (Chamberlain) that held up and lasted..Buying from Sears was probably good becuase you get the same4 thing, often on special with extra remotes and/or security pads for the exterior thrown in......And sears had decent prices frequently on the installation as well.

seclark
11-08-2011, 03:49 PM
Your garage door should be able to be opened and closed manually by a 10 year old child.

no shit?
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Saul Good
11-08-2011, 03:51 PM
Adjusting the travel screws tells the opener how far it needs to go down before it stops. Your travel screws should be fine. It's the closing power that is more than likely the issue.

Your garage door should be able to be opened and closed manually by a 10 year old child.
I think a 10 year old would be strong enough.

Dicky McElephant
11-08-2011, 03:51 PM
It stayed where it was. Which direction do I adjust the down force? Also, there are screws on the side of the opener as well.

The down force should have an arrow pointing down next to it. The numbers only go from 1-10. Adjust it one number down at a time until it closes fully.

Dicky McElephant
11-08-2011, 03:52 PM
no shit?
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Yep.

Dicky McElephant
11-08-2011, 03:53 PM
Your travel adjustment screws are different. You'll actually need a screwdriver to turn those. You should be able to adjust the down force with your hand.

TIED5573
11-08-2011, 03:55 PM
I think a 10 year old would be strong enough.

Can he throw down field? Bring him in for a look.

Saul Good
11-08-2011, 03:58 PM
The down force should have an arrow pointing down next to it. The numbers only go from 1-10. Adjust it one number down at a time until it closes fully.

I think that did it. Thanks!

Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 03:58 PM
good job pestilence and groupon

TrebMaxx
11-08-2011, 03:59 PM
It's a Liftmaster.

I have a LiftMaster and it is easy to program the stops. I will also warn that I learned how to program it when a sensor went out on my unit. Had to set it back up about every other day for two weeks until the replacement part arrived (they replaced the motor).

Saul Good
11-08-2011, 03:59 PM
I think I'm supposed to say "rep" or something. I've only given one other rep ever.

Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 03:59 PM
I think that did it. Thanks!

make sure to test the safety reverse when youre done fuckign with it

Place a one inch board (or 2 x 4 laid flat) on the floor centered under the garage door. Operate the door in the down direction. The door must reverse on striking the board. If it does not, refer to your owner“s manual, call your LiftMaster Authorized Dealer or speak to one of our technical service representatives by calling the S.O.S. HotLine® at 1-800-528-5880. Failure to pass the above test could result in serious injury or death.

Lzen
11-08-2011, 04:02 PM
good job pestilence and groupon

Donger and I were on the right track with our suggestions. :p

Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 04:03 PM
Donger and I were on the right track with our suggestions. :p

good job all!

Didnt mean to leave anyone out, that was nice of everyone to help out.!

I love Cheifsplanet

Dayze
11-08-2011, 04:04 PM
disregard my theory of a bad johnson rod. by the sounds of things, it's functioning properly.

Dicky McElephant
11-08-2011, 04:07 PM
I think that did it. Thanks!

Sweet!

Definitely do the safety test that Pawnmower was talking about.

If it starts to happen again in the future....then you'll need to call a door technician to come out because your door is to heavy for your opener.

Saul Good
11-08-2011, 04:20 PM
make sure to test the safety reverse when youre done fuckign with it

It opened when I did that. Thanks

Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 04:22 PM
It opened when I did that. Thanks

Seems like youre all dialed in then and the force is correct. Good job sir.

Dicky McElephant
11-08-2011, 04:23 PM
It opened when I did that. Thanks

Sent you a PM.

Let me know if you have any problems with it.....and I'll see what I can help you with.

Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 04:25 PM
Sent you a PM.

Let me know if you have any problems with it.....and I'll see what I can help you with.

Isn't it supposed to open when you do that test? I don't know as much as you do about the tech support end of it.

Donger
11-08-2011, 04:31 PM
I think that did it. Thanks!

Be aware that you will now be able to crush small children (and crush your car) without the door reversing. It's a safety feature. Find out what is making it reverse in the first place.

Donger
11-08-2011, 04:33 PM
no shit?
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Yes. The springs should be doing all the work. If you release the door, it should NOT go flying toward the ground at super speed. If it does, your springs are grossly is need of adjusting/replacing.

The door should not even hit the ground if the springs are in working order.

Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 04:34 PM
Be aware that you will now be able to crush small children (and crush your car) without the door reversing. It's a safety feature. Find out what is making it reverse in the first place.

I believe he tested the saftey reverse to make sure it would still reverse....(using a 2x4 on the ground, as per standard)

Donger
11-08-2011, 04:36 PM
I believe he tested the saftey reverse to make sure it would still reverse....(using a 2x4 on the ground, as per standard)

That's for pussies. I had my boy straddle the beams and closed it on him to test it. Now, he walks in circles.

Pawnmower
11-08-2011, 04:56 PM
That's for pussies. I had my boy straddle the beams and closed it on him to test it. Now, he walks in circles.

DONT BREAK YOUR STANCE BOY OR YOU WILL FACE MY WRATH

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Phobia
11-08-2011, 05:00 PM
I've had to do it manually several times. I don't really feel any obvious binding. Then again, it's a 16' x 8' door, so it's pretty ****ing heavy.

Shouldn't be. It's your tension springs. They probably need adjusted.