Security #1: Garage Door Security

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Blog entry by pnig posted 02-26-2014 10:52 PM 1816 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If you’re like me, you have a garage or workshop full of “stuff” and it is not irreplaceable, but it is not “stuff” you would enjoy replacing. Now of course all of us have detailed photos of all our tools and machinery to show the insurance company when it is gone. OK, that’ll be another story, for another time.
This is also for the people who have basement and standalone workshops that have garage type doors and therefore are susceptible to this kind of problem, garage burglary. Break in through the most vulnerable opening, the garage door. I have heard tales before about how the thieves break in, but this one is a new one to me.
It involves using a coat hanger to reach between the top of the garage door and the door frame and fishing around to catch either the rope or the latching lever that disconnects the garage door from the drive mechanism of the automatic garage door opener.
Take a look at my website and I have some ideas and a link to a video that is enlightening.

Thanks, be safe
God Bless

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#1 posted 02-26-2014 11:09 PM

I am glad you mentioned this.
I too worry about thievs.



-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 02-27-2014 12:24 AM

Any reputable garage door installer can install a barrier to prevent this type of entry quickly and inexpensively.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#3 posted 02-27-2014 02:26 AM

My workshop is in a detached garage. On three occasions over the last few ears I have found my overhead door open in the morning. I’m sure it’s because either my wife or I have forgotten to close it the previous evening. Fortunately, none of my stuff was ever taken. After the sun goes down I can’t look out a house window to tell if the door is open or closed because I can’t see it in the dark. To solve the problem of our forgetfulness I have installed an automatic door closer I bought at It has different time settings from 3 to 60 minutes, after which the door closes by itself. It emits a loud beep for about 15 seconds before it closes. There is a hold button to keep the door open past the time limit I’ve set, and a photo electric cell senses when it is dark and automatically closes it. It only cost about $45, but this particular one is no longer available. has others, though.

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#4 posted 02-27-2014 02:34 AM

I had my alarm company add a sensor to my garage door.

-- Joey

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#5 posted 02-27-2014 03:44 AM

I adopted 3 viscious tigers for my shop…unfortunately they wont let me in

-- as technology progresses, wood workers seem to regress...all my power tools and my favorite is a chisel and a hand plane

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#6 posted 02-27-2014 03:52 AM

Use a bolt to place in the runner track which prevents the door from opening without your being there.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#7 posted 02-27-2014 04:58 AM

The automatic garage door opener was one of the first things to get jetissoned from my garage when it was deemed to be a shop… Mostly because it was busted, but no sense in replacing something I won’t use…

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#8 posted 02-27-2014 06:30 AM

If I’m not going to be opening it for a while, I use a padlock in the track like in your pictures. I had a sensor put in the garage when they did the alarm 20 years ago. I never thought about the release shown in the video. I expected they would just break out a panel to enter. No one has yet, knock on wood.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 02-27-2014 06:37 PM

When I turned my single wide cinder block garage into my wood shop I drilled (3) matching slightly over-sized 3/8” dia. vertical holes in the lower non roll up metal garage door (one in each corner and one in the middle), and in the concrete floor to a 6” depth. I now use 10” long 3/8” dia. hardened steel drill rods to pin the door closed. The door was pulled tight against the door frame when marking the location of the concrete holes with a sharpie pen and and reopening the door and drilling into the concrete as to insure no rattling or movement if someone pulls on the door handle With the rubber weatherstripping for keeping out drafts no one from the outside can see how the door is locked.

The holes are over-sized and the drill rods are high temper steel so someone who did discover how the door was pinned could not stick a saws-all or hacksaw blade in to cut them off. The hardened steel just spins in the hole. And it makes a hell of a racket from the metal door acting as a sound board. I know. I tried.

One the rare occasion when I need to move something large in/out of the shop it takes 20 seconds to pull up the three drill rods up and the door works normally. I already have the two metal and masonry drills so my total expense was around $10 from the local scrap metal dealer for the 3 drill rods. (Actually I spent more on gas driving into town and back than the rods cost.)


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