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    What goes up must come down.

    About two weeks ago my wife and I left our house in her car. We got about two miles away from home and I checked the status of the garage door only to find that it was 'up". We turned around and drove home to close it.
    Since I already have a z-wave controller to automatically turn the water off in case of a leak I decided to build a 'door closer".
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    PNP proximity switch, a relay and a z-wave controlled outlet. I installed it today and it is working. Now I can close the door remotely from anywhere and I've got it programed to automatically close the door if there's no-one home and we leave without closing it. Also, I have it set to check the status of the door at 11:30pm and if it's open it will automatically close it and send me a text message alerting me that it 'closed the door'.
    I could have bought a device to perform the task but it feels good building it myself.
    Below is the box with the proximity switch; I mounted the relay to the box after I took the pic.

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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gliderman8 View Post
    About two weeks ago my wife and I left our house in her car.
    You either have a very small house or your wife has a very big car.

    But seriously - that's pretty ingenious bit of DIY work!

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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil View Post
    You either have a very small house or your wife has a very big car.

    But seriously - that's pretty ingenious bit of DIY work!
    Thanks! And we had a heck of a time getting the house out
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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    Here's the install photo....

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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    For this subject line, all you need now is a painted ponyto ride, particularly while the car’s wheels are spinning…. (For those saying “what the h@ll”, lookit up. The old guys will find it in the back oftheir brains somewhere)


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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikephillips View Post
    For this subject line, all you need now is a painted ponyto ride, particularly while the car’s wheels are spinning…. (For those saying “what the h@ll”, lookit up. The old guys will find it in the back oftheir brains somewhere)
    I was at a concert of BS&T in 1972.... good times!
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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    Wasn't that far back inna gray room here, either. Now the problem is gettin' it outta th' lobby...
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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gliderman8 View Post
    .... Also, I have it set to check the status of the door at 11:30pm and if it's open it will automatically close it and send me a text message alerting me that it 'closed the door'.
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    So, don't be working under the door at 11:30 PM.

    Clever.
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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    Quote Originally Posted by John Turney View Post
    So, don't be working under the door at 11:30 PM.

    Clever.
    Good advice! I’ve decided to change it.... Going to close the door earlier (9-10 o’clock) but as a backup it will check the status of the door before before going into “night mode” later in the evening.
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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    I use one of these generic units (see link) that works well with my phone. I can see if the door is open/closed or open/close it (from anywhere).

    WiFi Smart Garage Door Controller Wireless Garage Door Opener WiFi APP Switch Remote Control Compatible with Alexa Google Home - - Amazon.com

    There are a few variants of this IFTTT technology, but it's all simple stuff. They range from $25-$40. Some unique doors may result in a need for a minor tweak to mounting the trip sensor (but easy to do).

    Funny thing is that I can be away from home, and I can tell if my wife opens/closes the door because I get a vibration in my pants.
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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boink View Post
    I use one of these generic units that works well with my phone. I can see if the door is open/closed or open/close it (from anywhere).

    WiFi Smart Garage Door Controller Wireless Garage Door Opener WiFi APP Switch Remote Control Compatible with Alexa Google Home - - Amazon.com

    There are a few variants of this ITTT technology, but it's all simple stuff. They range from $25-$40. Some doors may results in a minor tweak the the strip sensor (but easy).
    I looked at similar devices but decided I wanted it to do more than just remotely operate the door. As an example, I set up a geofence approximately 1,000 feet around my house; when the last person leaves the house and forgets to close the door, it will close automatically when leaving the geofence. Since I already had the z-wave controller, it integrates with the other devices.
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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    My son uses the If this then that app - ITTT - when he walks into his apartment the lights turn on as soon as his phone connects to wifi.
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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gliderman8 View Post
    I looked at similar devices but decided I wanted it to do more than just remotely operate the door. As an example, I set up a geofence approximately 1,000 feet around my house; when the last person leaves the house and forgets to close the door, it will close automatically when leaving the geofence. Since I already had the z-wave controller, it integrates with the other devices.
    Very cool... and, of course, great to do it all yourself.
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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    Quote Originally Posted by JPSmit View Post
    My son uses the If this then that app - ITTT - when he walks into his apartment the lights turn on as soon as his phone connects to wifi.
    Ooooh... hadn't thought of that!
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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    Quote Originally Posted by JPSmit View Post
    My son uses the If this then that app - ITTT - when he walks into his apartment the lights turn on as soon as his phone connects to wifi.
    Hadn't heard of that, but will check it out. I'm sure there are lots of ways to accomplish the tasks with the technology of today.
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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boink View Post
    I use one of these generic units (see link) that works well with my phone. I can see if the door is open/closed or open/close it (from anywhere).
    Both my new Kia Telluride and my previous 2007 Santa Fe has/had a "Home Link" mirror - I have one of the button programed to open/close the garage door. Very convenient to have a garage door opener built in to the rear view mirror.
    Last edited by Basil; 01-12-2021 at 09:45 AM.

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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    I use a Homelink button in my Audi Q5 and love it as well... but with the IFTTT thing I can check for open/close from anywhere on the planet (or close it too).
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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    After 39 years of struggling to lift the cellar garage door, I installed an electric eye opener. Cost $395.00. Should have done it years ago. Our regular 2-car garage has had a metal door for years. Originally wood, until wife backed her Infiniti G20 into the wood door.

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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    Whenever I see the title of this thread, I think of "whatever goes down doesn't necessarily come up":
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    Re: What goes up must come down.

    And when I hear that phrase I think:
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