Sometimes you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Tired of trudging down the stairs to let his dog out of his cage in the middle of the night, Les designed a remote control door opener. The system consists of a clevis mounted to the shaft of a solenoid and the door latch of the cage. When Les activates his handheld remote control, 120V power energizes the solenoid and pulls the latch open, allowing his dog to open the cage and run free while he stays snuggled under the covers upstairs.
Remote Control Dog Door Opener Parts List
Allied Part #
802-1100 pull type 120V
Relay, interval type 120V
Relay mounting socket
Steel utility cabinet
736-3616 enclosure with lid
617-1488 (for use w/solenoid lugs)
Connectors (for use
617-1451 w/relay connections)
Electric cord, standard
214-3307 120V extension
Tie wraps to secure cord
Additional parts required: Appliance remote control system (Radio Shack part #61-2667A); Clevis (fashion as necessary to work with door); Mounting screws & nuts #8-32 X 1 inch. NOTE: This device works for applications with only a simple translation of linear motion of less than 1 inch.
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