Disconnect Garage Door Trolley From Outside?

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Old 10-16-14, 10:22 AM
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Disconnect Garage Door Trolley From Outside?

I have a Craftsman chain driven garage door opener. It stopped working in the closed position. I think that the gear for the chain drive is broken, happened a few years ago, but the door was open so I was able to disconnect the trolley and operate the door manually until I was able to get it fixed.

The problem is that the door is closed & there is no secondary entrance to the garage!!! Aside from cutting a hole in the door or roof, is there a way to disconnect the trolley from outside??

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 
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Old 10-16-14, 11:16 AM
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Sounds like a good time to put in a side door.
 
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Old 10-16-14, 11:23 AM
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Maybe...that's assuming this is an older unit and the safety release cord is still in place. Even easier if you have any sort of window, but might be able to do it even without.

Older units, the safety cord was normally pulled down or towards the door opening to unlock. Well, thieves figured this out and with a stiff wire rod bent the right way, they would push in the top of the door enough to slide the wire in, hook the safety release and pull it towards them, thus unlocking the opener.

Google "breaking into a locked garage door' for plenty of news reports and videos.

Some (all?) newer openers have changed the release lever orientation I believe.
 
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Here is a link to the video on breaking into a garage.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMz1tXBVT1s
 
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Thx Gunguy45 & Gibbsm!

I ran across one of the videos after I posted the question.
Now to try my hand at it. Probably won't work or take me forever!

XSleeper thx!
 
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And then install one of these for future problems or power outages.

Genie GER-2 Garage Door Opener Universal Emergency Release Kit - Garage Door Hardware - Amazon.com
 
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Old 10-17-14, 06:17 AM
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Xsleeper is correct. Put in a side door. I never understood a garage without a manway door entrance. It should be code.
 
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Actually a door is the best idea. Visualize pulling in and then door springs snap. No cell phone and you are trapped. Door too heavy for you to raise. Two years later they sell your place for taxes due and the new owner tears open the door to find your remains. LOL - or not.
 
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