HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Made by Monkeys

Missing Bearing Breaks Garage Door Opener

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 3/3
Nancy Golden
User Rank
Platinum
Missing Bear Breaks Garage Door Opener
Nancy Golden   4/26/2012 6:56:42 PM
NO RATINGS

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
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Missing Bear Breaks Garage Door Opener
Charles Murray   4/27/2012 7:27:50 PM
NO RATINGS
Missing Bear Breaks Garage Door Opener? Sounds like we need a new Design News column: Designed by Grizzlies.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Design without bearings
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/29/2012 10:19:46 PM
NO RATINGS
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.

Contrarian
User Rank
Gold
Re: Missing bearing breaks opener
Contrarian   5/9/2012 11:52:43 AM
NO RATINGS
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.

Cadman-LT
User Rank
Platinum
Not like they used to
Cadman-LT   5/20/2012 9:04:01 PM
NO RATINGS
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.

<<  <  Page 3/3
Partner Zone
More Blogs from Made by Monkeys
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Design News Webinar Series
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
5/13/2014 10:00 a.m. California / 1:00 p.m. New York / 6:00 p.m. London
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Aug 18 - 22, Embedded Software Development With Python & the Raspberry Pi
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: September 30 - October 2
Sponsored by Altera
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service