Need to know how to open a locked up and over garage door? Burglars already know how to do it. It’s time you learned what they already know!
The electric garage door opener features an emergency release mechanism that disengages your overhead door from the opener so that it can be used during a power outage. The system features an emergency release cord that hangs down, usually with a red handle. Pulling this cord activates the release system. This means the door can be opened manually, as well as bypassing the locking system of your opener.
To open an overhead garage door you will need the following:
- Thin piece of stiff wire such as a wire coat hanger
- Small wedge, screwdriver, or any item capable of prying
- Something to stand on if you can’t see the top of the garage door
Insert the wedge between the door and the back edge of the garage door frame. It should easily push aside the weather stripping or rubber seal and create a very small gap.
Bend a small hook at one end of the stiff wire then insert the wire through the gap you just opened.
The final step might require a few tries. Using the hook at the end of the wire, you need to to grasp the emergency release mechanism. Trying to grab the pull cord won’t work because you won’t be at the right angle to pull it down. Keep trying until you finally snag the release mechanism then pull.
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