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Pulled red cord to open manually when power went off. How do I engage to open now that power is back on?

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With your remote in your hand...operate the closer into the down position, hold the arm up so the catch is by the traveler. you may have to prop the door up on a pail or? to do this.operate the closer into the up position, as the traveler goes by it will catch the top of the rod as it goes by if you have it in the right position. if this sounds too dangerous for you, pull the plug on the opener when its midway in its travel, lift the door up and have a helper connect the traveler to the rod. you may have to pull the red cord to upen the latch with either method. Larry

Posted on Nov 16, 2009

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