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Old 04-07-08, 02:00 PM   #1
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Leaving the garage door open, easy pickins

My Wife leaves after I do in the mornings. Today is the second time she has left the garage door open. She backs the truck out and forgets to hit the opener on the visor to shut it. Nothing stolen yet as we live in a gated community. It is very easy to do as I have asked myself a couple of times after going down the road, "Did I shut the door?". I was wondering if there is a simple solution to this. Maybe some kind of reminder short of tying a string on your finger. There are a couple of devices I have found but I think a simpler solution for this is right at our fingertips. After all, we all are a bunch of brains so coming up with something should be easy. (Don't want to call ourselves geeks and nerds!)

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Put a landmine at the end of the driveway. Make the garage door into a large switch, so that when it's closed, the landmine is disabled. Drive off without closing the door, and KABLAMMO.

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http://www.autocloser.com/auto-closer.asp?Id=6

even cooler is this option.

http://www.autocloser.com/auto-closer.asp?Id=5

That I opener thing looks ideal for a cyclist. Key sized thing that could be carried in a jersey pocket, seat bag, etc.

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I say fill the garage with ice and keep it at 31 degrees. Install a flood detector at the end of your drive, that calls your cell if triggered.

If the garage door is left open, the ice melts, floods your house and calls your cell so you can come home and close the garage.
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lasers...at the knee height. You can drag any tresspasser out of the garage when you get home. They wont bleed to death as the laser will cauterize as it removes.
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This seems like it would have an analogous solution to whatever machine would stop you from driving into the garage with a bike on the roof.
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I say fill the garage with ice and keep it at 31 degrees. Install a flood detector at the end of your drive, that calls your cell if triggered.

If the garage door is left open, the ice melts, floods your house and calls your cell so you can come home and close the garage.
of course, why didn't I think of that?
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This seems like it would have an analogous solution to whatever machine would stop you from driving into the garage with a bike on the roof.
That would be the automatic closer. If you encounter a closed door every time you approach the garage, you won't be able to drive in and tear the bike off the top. Problem solved.
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lasers...at the knee height. You can drag any tresspasser out of the garage when you get home. They wont bleed to death as the laser will cauterize as it removes.
I like this one 'coz it involves lasers!
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http://www.autocloser.com/auto-closer.asp?Id=5

That I opener thing looks ideal for a cyclist. Key sized thing that could be carried in a jersey pocket, seat bag, etc.
Well geez, if you're just going to end up carrying a key anyway, why not dispense with the garage door opener altogether, and just operate and lock/unlock the door manually?
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Uh, tell her to turn her damn brain on before she gets in the car in the morning? Not to seem rude, but if she can't see a garage door open in front of her, is she ready to operate a motor vehicle?
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Well geez, if you're just going to end up carrying a key anyway, why not dispense with the garage door opener altogether, and just operate and lock/unlock the door manually?
this has a larger carbon foot print and costs more, so it must be better.
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Uh, tell her to turn her damn brain on before she gets in the car in the morning? Not to seem rude, but if she can't see a garage door open in front of her, is she ready to operate a motor vehicle?


It is not that you "see" or "don't see" the door. It is very easy thing to do and especially being dark and rainy like this AM makes you question your self that much more. I am sure this happens more than you or I think. 70% of home robberies have been forcefully entered, the rest go in through open garage doors, window AC units, and other open points of entry. I have second guessed myself many times in the three years we have been here on the very same point, "Did I or didn't I"?
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Well geez, if you're just going to end up carrying a key anyway, why not dispense with the garage door opener altogether, and just operate and lock/unlock the door manually?
You wouldn't want me to get out of the car and actually insert key and open door manually would you? What about the extra time the car idles in Park waiting for me? I could have been in and out 3 times in the time it takes to do the manual thing.
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withhold sex from her until she learns.
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Withhold? For like how long?
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My Wife leaves after I do in the mornings. Today is the second time she has left the garage door open. She backs the truck out and forgets to hit the opener on the visor to shut it. Nothing stolen yet as we live in a gated community. It is very easy to do as I have asked myself a couple of times after going down the road, "Did I shut the door?". I was wondering if there is a simple solution to this. Maybe some kind of reminder short of tying a string on your finger. There are a couple of devices I have found but I think a simpler solution for this is right at our fingertips. After all, we all are a bunch of brains so coming up with something should be easy. (Don't want to call ourselves geeks and nerds!: D)

Any suggestions?
afraid of getting robbed by the scary CPA down the street?
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Buy yourself a 1,000 watt light or one of those million lumins (?) recharging lights and make sure it is on everytime the door is open and have it aimed right into the eyes of someone sitting in a car in your driveway. This way if she can see the light then the door is open and if she can't see it then the door is closed. Simple.

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You wouldn't want me to get out of the car and actually insert key and open door manually would you? What about the extra time the car idles in Park waiting for me? I could have been in and out 3 times in the time it takes to do the manual thing.
Why even stop to get off the bike? Look just below the handle bar.
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My room mate did this before. So I went into his car, made a sign that asked if he shut the door and taped it facing toward the inside of the rear window. He got tired of getting out of the car to remove the sign so he just shut the door.
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My neighbor keeps his mother in law in the garage converted to an apartment
I don't think there is a running car locked in there with her.
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You clearly need more bikes and a repair shop in your garage--with the cars parked outside you've got no more problems.
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Association. Get in the habit of associating closing the garage door with something you do every time you drive somewhere, at the proper time. For example, passing the mailbox, or flipping on your blinker to pull onto the street.

It seems corny, but it works for me. Spend a minute staring at the mailbox, or the blinker, or whatever and think "when I do X, I also need to hit the garage door button." Taking a moment to focus on it helps build the association. When you actually do leave and hit the button, take another moment to consider the connection between X and closing the garage door. Do this every time you leave and it very quickly becomes habit.
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Spend a minute staring at the mailbox, or the blinker, or whatever and think "when I do X, I also need to hit the garage door button." Taking a moment to focus on it helps build the association.
"When I back out of the driveway, I also need to hit the garage door button."

I would think that'd be plenty.
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