Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Garage doors are a widespread problem

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– Mark Twain

On Sunday I told you about my latest homeowner problem – my automatic garage door opener sometimes opens my neighbor’s garage door, and vice versa.

I also admitted I drove around my neighborhood pushing my garage door remote button to see if this was a common problem.

That brought this response from Kenneth Holley, of Bath.

“Criminals actually do what you talked about. They really do ride around in areas with garage door openers looking to see if it will open someone’s garage door. This has always been a big problem with these devices. While it is a convenience for people it also helps thieves.

“The best thing you can do is do away with your opener and go back to getting out of the vehicle and opening the door yourself. But most people will not do this because we have become a society of instant gratification. Remember when you actually had to get off the couch to change the TV station?

“Please remind your readers that during this time of the year they should lock their garages for their own safety and security.”

And my old friend Billy Cooper, of North Augusta, said my garage remote reminded him of another problem.

“Several years ago,” he wrote, “my door bell stopped working and I couldn’t get it rewired or working, so off to the hardware store to buy a battery-operated one. Came home and installed it and everything was going well. (I thought).

“I started getting rings and would go upstairs to check the door to discover that no one was there. Went out on the porch and looked up/down the street and then marked it up as I was simply hearing things. This continued for several weeks for a dozen or so rings and no one at the door. I was getting perturbed to say the least.

“One day as I was working out in my yard, my neighbor called me to the fence and started telling me the same story. When the door bell button was pushed, it rang in both houses. Huh? Yep.

“It was hard to believe that he had purchased a battery operated door bell exactly like mine and lo and behold after a little research (you know, like reading those fine printed instructions that come with most item of this type) we discovered that there was an internal switch with two numbers like 1 & 2 to set the door bell on. We both had ours set on the same number. Click and the problem solved.

I would have never believed it if it hadn’t happened to us. Part of life.”

TODAY’S JOKE: “This computer,” bragged the salesman, “will cut your workload by 50 percent.”

“Great,” said the office manager. “I’ll take two of them.”


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