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Missing Bearing Breaks Garage Door Opener

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Nancy Golden
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Missing Bear Breaks Garage Door Opener
Nancy Golden   4/26/2012 6:56:42 PM

I don't have anything to add to what has already been observed, although nothing surprises me at what is done as cost reduction measures anymore. What I did find amusing was that what I first thought the article was about was a missing bear (presumably from the local zoo) that broke into someone's garage :)

Charles Murray
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Re: Missing Bear Breaks Garage Door Opener
Charles Murray   4/27/2012 7:27:50 PM
Missing Bear Breaks Garage Door Opener? Sounds like we need a new Design News column: Designed by Grizzlies.

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Re: Design without bearings
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/29/2012 10:19:46 PM
3DROB -- you and I are on the same page.  Yes, it USED to work well.  Stock-holders had inputs and CEOs listened.  Unfortunately, the entire NYSE and other major indices are running on corporate standards that were designed in the 1930's and even earlier. It just doesn't work well anymore -- to all of the points you've detailed -- because there is no accountability.  Another rotten system that long-ago had meaningful value is the concept of labor unions.  Once a method to protect hard working individuals, but today, are equally as corrupt as the very companies they oppose, and still with no sense of accountability.  These are GOD-sized issues I cannot begin to correct.

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Re: Missing bearing breaks opener
Contrarian   5/9/2012 11:52:43 AM
I have an identical pair of Liftmaster openers that open the two doors of my garage.  They were about 10 years old when one day the wife hit the button and the opener dropped the drive sprocket and a few other assorted parts onto the top of the car.  Not sure if this is the same brand as the one in the article but it was a similar failure mode.  Turns out there was an inexpensive rebuild kit available from a local garage door dealer so I installed the kits in both openers (repair for one, preemptive for the other), and both have been working fine for another 5 or so years now.  The kits are way cheaper than a new opener, are easy to install in-place, and once every 10 years seems like a useful service life to me even considering it probably shouldn't happen in the first place.

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Not like they used to
Cadman-LT   5/20/2012 9:04:01 PM
I would say they cut a corner there for costs. As the saying goes they don't make them like they used to. What is a bearing or bushing really cost anyway? I just hope you examined the new unit before using it to make sure it was built better! I don't think manufacturers actually realize that by skimping on one little part like that that they can tarnish their brand forever. Fools.

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