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Subject: Re: Garage Door Opner Choices Date: 4/20/2004 10:18 AM
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Although belt driven doors seem like the new, quiet alternative, chain ones appear to be the old reliable standard and I guess screws are an in-between.

If the garage is under a bedroom that might make a difference. In our house it isn't, so it doesn't.

I recently replaced a Stanley with a Craftsman because the motherboard fizziled, and replacing it was almost as expensive as the new one.

However here is what I don't like about the new one. It uses "rolling codes", and it takes significantly longer to "accept" the signal. With the Stanley you just pushed the button, the response was instantaneous. Not a big deal when driving up the driveway, but twice, now, I have had to "reverse" because Mrs. Goofy's trunk was sticking out too far or something, and it reverse in barely the nick of time. I hate it. (The "non-rolling codes" worked just fine; I reset the dip-switches and felt perfectly safe about it.)

Also, with the rolling codes, neither Mrs. Goofy or I can use the embedded button in our cars, we have to carry the "clip on" remote from Craftsman. Not a big deal, maybe, except it leaves an indent on the visor, and we have 4 cars, so I had to buy extra remotes at $30 a whack.

Also, with the "rolling codes", I had to discard the external numeral keypad I already had and buy (for another $40 or so) the "special" keypad that worked with this model. (I love having an external keypad, BTW. Very handy for getting into the garage without having to walk through the house when I'm working in the garden, or whatever.)

We have a "heavy" garage door, wood frame, cedar siding, insulation on the back, and the 1/2 horsepower works fine. FWIW.
 
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