Guest post time! Here is Joe again with a great post that explains something that we might all have to deal with, but hope never to deal with. I’ll let him explain….
How to Open Garage Door During Power Outage
Experiencing a power outage is never convenient, but it can be a downright hassle if you need to get into your garage, and you have a garage door opener. Luckily, opening your garage door without the opener is not impossible because there is a mechanism that releases the garage door from the opener, which allows you to open the door manually.
The only tool that is required to perform this task is a Phillips-head screwdriver. The reason why you need this is because garage doors use an arm that attaches to a trolley, and you will have to disconnect the trolley from the carriage. Here is how the process works, step by step:
The first thing that you need to do is to locate the emergency release cord. You can normally find it hanging from the garage door opener rail. If you are having trouble locating it, look near the door arm that connects the garage door to the opener.
In order to engage the emergency release, you must first pull the cord down. Next, you will pull the cord toward the garage door opener motor head. This action serves to disengage the door trolley from the opener’s carriage. In the event that your garage door opener doesn’t come with an emergency release cord, you must find the pivot that is near the top of the door arm. The pivot will look similar to a flat piece of metal with a small spring, which where the Phillips-head screwdriver comes in. Use the screwdriver to penetrate the hole on the end of the pivot, while simultaneously pulling down and back to release the garage door from the opener.
Lift the door open with the door handle located at the bottom of the door.
When your power comes back on, raise the garage door. There is an opener wall button, which you must push in order to bring the opener carriage to the open position. To reattach the door to the opener, pull the door in a downward motion until the door trolley engages the carriage.
This is a sponsored post from The Mid-Atlantic Door Group, a trusted provider of garage door products, and professional garage door repair services to homes and businesses in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.