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Putting my thinking cap on

A couple of months ago, my remote garage door clicker stopped working. It had been temperamental for a couple of years; something with the push button finally gave up the ghost.

The door opener itself still works fine using the clicker mounted inside the garage. It's the clicker I keep in the car that went kaput. It's an old model, with dip switches and ancient-looking remotes. I heard about universal remotes, but was dubious they'd work with my opener. I did a bit of a spot check online; tonight's further research suggests I should have looked more in the first place.

So far, it's only been an annoyance to open the door from the wall clicker, back the car out of the garage, then go back in, close the door, and exit through the mudroom door...then repeat the process in reverse upon returning home. But winter's coming.

My dual-purpose solution has been sitting around not getting done for most of a month. The garage needs cleaning. I could clean the garage, moving all of the stored items over to the current parking area, then park on the left side of the garage through the winter. The 2-car garage has two doors; the left clicker works just fine. Something about being used less than once a year, probably. Hard to wear out the button that way.

The garage still needs cleaning. Time's running out on that front, especially warm weather time. There are other reasons I'd rather keep parking on the right. I casually thought of having a new opener installed, or at least checking further into the possibility of a replacement clicker.


I finally managed to put two and two together. The left clicker works just fine PLUS dip switches meant all I needed to do was to set the dip switches on the left door clicker to match those on the broken right door clicker. Sure enough, I now have a working right door clicker. I even set the switches on the broken clicker for the left door, so when I do get around to buying a universal remote that works with dip switches, I'll have the code to set it properly, without having to reset the switches up in the opener itself.

It was one of those mixed-blessing Girl Homeowner moments. Do I feel proud and happy for having solved the problem without spending a cent? Yes. Do I feel addle-brained for not thinking of this solution two months ago? Yes. So it goes.


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Nov. 5th, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)
You are Mighty Homeowner
Really you are.

Right now our garage is a sawzall and a bulldozer away from being a concrete pad. It has tipped just enough off vertical that we can't get the doors up and I don't think it will stand jacking. We need to buy a little shed to put out back, then saw a hole in one of the doors, get anything out we want to keep. And then bulldoze the garage. (it is detached)

A homeowner's life is never dull.
Nov. 5th, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
Re: You are Mighty Homeowner
Eek at your garage going all cockeyed. Bad garage, no biscuit!

In my more optimistic moments, I find myself hoping that my awareness of my many shortcomings as a homeowner is primarily a sign of increased expertise compared to my younger days. That it's like other fields, the experts are the ones who know how much they don't know.

The rest of the time, I'm only reminded of how much work it is to do on one's own, and how less able I am with many of the particulars than I was in decades past. Twenty-five years ago, I would have climbed up onto my roof and replaced the chimney caps myself. The Zeppelin Hangar's roof is much less steep than the one at Toad Hall, but I'm also far less limber.

You're absolutely right. A homeowner's life is never dull.
Nov. 5th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: You are Mighty Homeowner
We ran into Glenn and Sandy at a gallery opening last August, and Glenn told me how he'd been painting their house all summer but his ladder couldn't reach the gables of their little St. Louis Park house.

I first offered to lend him the ol' 40 footer, then said, "do you mind if I just bring my ladders over and give you a hand?" So I did, and we had two fun days painting together in glorious August weather.

(Our 1953 rambler came with stucco walls and aluminum soffits and gables, but I've hung onto the ladders anyway.)
Nov. 5th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
Hooray for ingenuity! Your brain did that, and now you reap the benefit.
Nov. 5th, 2012 05:08 am (UTC)
Given what I've been through today with my phone, you and I are now right/left-braining in synch. :-)

Clever of you to have figured that out, actually. See what happens when it starts getting colder? Our brains work better!
Nov. 5th, 2012 11:34 am (UTC)
If you're right about our brains working better when cold, there's a lucrative business opportunity in there. Presuming it works for more folks than just you and me, that is. :-)
Nov. 5th, 2012 01:16 pm (UTC)
I'm having a lot of processes like that. After a long time and plodding thought, I come up with a solution. Am I getting dumb because it takes a long time ... or smart because I might never have thought of it at all before?
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