A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Yes, another Outdoor Project

I know I’ve been non-stop with the garden/patio/outdoor posts, so I apologize if I’ve turned you off or bored you to tears, but lately that’s all we’ve been doing.

If you live in a climate that is anything like Chicago’s then you can probably relate to the very small window of really good weather days we have (and when they’re good, they are sooo good!). Right now it’s nice to be outside but I can’t stand to work when it’s hot and humid, so I need to keep working outside while it lasts (in fact, 90s are predicted for this weekend!).

There are some other slackers at our house, however, that refuse to work as soon as the temperature reaches 70°, like our garage door opener.

This has been happening since we bought the place, and you tend to forget how annoying it is over the long winter. But after a few nice days it comes rushing back to you and you get really irritated when you have to turn off the car, walk around to open the garage, turn the car back on and drive the 20 feet into the garage. It’s not that I’m lazy, per se, but at over $4.25 for mid-grade fuel (highest in the nation, woo hoo!), it’s a waste of gas more than anything.

The funny thing was, when I did a search for “garage door opener not working in warm weather” or something like that, the only results I found were for openers not working in cold weather. We have no idea what the problem was, but Pete tried a number of things to fix the thing, with no luck.

So on Sunday we went over to Sears and bought a Craftsman 3/4 hp garage door opener (on sale now) and spent most of the afternoon installing it. The installation wasn’t too difficult, with Pete doing the majority of it while I was outside weeding. The good thing is that it works, it’s faster than our old one, and the remote works at a greater distance.

End of story.

1 Comment

  1. Jennifer on June 5, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    We’re doing all outdoor things, too! Have to do them before it gets too HOT!

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