Overhead garage-door-opener mechanisms are another one of those items that homeowners and weekend warriors think they can install themselves. I suppose if the installation instructions are followed very carefully they might be able to.
Very often I find the door’s manual locking mechanism still functional—-sometimes locked when I am about to test it. These opener motors are very strong and if the opener is operated with the manual lock engaged the whole mechanism can tear itself off the ceiling causing injury to persons and property.
Some people feel they want the “extra” security provided by the manual lock, unaware of the potential safety hazard of leaving it in place. Licensed garage door installation companies will either remove these devices or disable them in some way. Please make sure that if your garage door has a manual locking device that it has been properly disabled.
Has your garage door manual locking device been properly disabled?
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