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THE OLDER OPENERS THAT HAVE THE VEMCO NAME DO NOT HAVE MANY OF THE SAFETY FEATURES REQUIRED AFTER 1993 AND SHOULD BE REPLACED. THEY ARE UNSAFE AND NO LONGER MEET CODE. SORRY TO GIVE YOU BAD NEWS BUT I WOULD NOT CONTINUE TO USE IT.

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