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Old 11-08-2011, 02:26 PM  
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Need Garage Door Help

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.
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:40 PM   #31
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Did you check the fluid in the floor sensors? Mine did the same things when it got low on me.
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:41 PM   #32
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Those are around the right setting. How old is the actual door itself?
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:41 PM   #33
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Those are around the right setting. How old is the actual door itself?
The house is 5 years old.
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:41 PM   #35
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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
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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 ****ing heavy.
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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
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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.
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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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Old 11-08-2011, 02:44 PM   #39
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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.

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Don't adjust the travel screws.
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:44 PM   #41
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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.
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:45 PM   #42
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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.
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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.
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Nice story...but really, no help.

Cool story, though.
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