Introduction: Hidden Garage Door Opener

The dilemma... Keeping a garage door opener conveniently and accessible in your car and not wanting to leave a way into your house. 

This instructable will show how to integrate a hidden garage door opener into your vehical that will open your garage easily and security with the push of a button.

Step 1: Materials & Tools

Tools:

1) Soldering Iron
2) Poky Thingy

Materials:

1) Garage Door Opener
2) Button
3) Small Wires

Step 2: Find a Location

Find a location that is hidden, accessible and has an area of about 5mm x 2" x 1".  I chose under my rear view mirror mounting cover which had just enough space and easily reachable every day.

Step 3:

Dismantle garage door opener and throw away bulky plastic.  Most garage door openers aren't connected by screws but will crack open easily with a coin.

Locate soldering point for open/close button.  

This model only has one button but the generic printed circuit board has space for three more.  The main open/close button is wired in series with a blank spot.  I wired the external button to the blank spot wired in series to the main open/close button marked by red pins.  If you are new to soldering push the wires in from the top (side with devices) and solder the leads from the back (side with soldering mounds) then trim the leads to length with wire cutters.

Step 4: Mount Circuit Board and Button

Make small hole and mount button.

Mount board and solder wires to button.

Step 5: Reassemble and Use

Reassemble and use.

Comments

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LangleyC (author)2016-01-14

Nice work, Dual Phase. I actually did something very similar, but yours was just much cleaner. I commend you!

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DualPhase (author)2013-04-19

The opener used to be under my sun visor so this is easier. I wanted it to be nearby but hard to see. Depending on your car layout and preference you can extend the green wires and locate the button and board wherever you would like. I really posted it for the concept and idea.

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3366carlos (author)2013-02-23

-A due to switch location. Hard to access.

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rimar2000 (author)2011-09-09

Interesting. But I would choose in the car a place that does not make me raise strikingly a hand whenever I walk into my garage. Perhaps under the seat or dashboard.

The idea is very good!

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DualPhase (author)rimar20002011-09-11

Gracias. Me gusts su pajina para rimars.

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rimar2000 (author)DualPhase2011-09-12

La página es un poco "steampunk", pero el programa es bueno.

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