Why didn’t I do this sooner?
For years I’ve thought it would be useful to have an entry keypad for my overhead garage door, but I assumed it wasn’t possible without a new garage door opener and I never really looked into it. But when my house painters asked about accessing the basement sink and bathroom via the tuck-under garage and I got off my assumptions and started looking at my options.
At a nearby home center, I found the Chamberlain Clicker Keypad. This unit was designed to be used with older garage door openers like my 20+ year old Genie. For the low price of about $30, I thought it was worth a shot.
When I got the Clicker home, I found it was easy to program and install using the included instructions. The whole process took less than 30 minutes. In fact, the most difficult part was freeing the Clicker from its annoying plastic blister packaging. After mounting the keypad to the garage door molding, I sprayed the sliding cover with some leftover bronze color paint from my radiator refinishing project to blend better with the surrounding trim.
The house painters and I have gotten a lot of use out of the new garage door keypad over the past few days since I installed it. A couple times I even punched in the opening code just for fun because it feels like a gadget out of an old spy movie. Yes, I’m easily amused. But when the thrill is this useful and cheap, I can’t help asking why I didn’t do this sooner.