Disclaimer – This post is sponsored by Ryobi. All opinions are 100% my own.
When I said we were gonna make our garage the most ridiculously awesome garage ever, I was directly talking about our garage door openers.
I mean…the plan is to make this space not only look amazing…but to actually work FOR us. Having a garage door opener (aka GDO) that does just about everything….well, that definitely helps in the function department. You may be wondering where to get such a magical gift and how wonderful it would be to buy your dad (aka the man that has everything) one for Father’s Day…..well, if your dad is anything like mine….and he probably is if they talk about the state of their lawn and fall asleep with remote in hand….he will flip over it. Trust me. Your dad will qualify for Cirque De Soleil after seeing this thing.
It’s made by Ryobi and is available at Home Depot. They’re also running a FREE MODULE PROMOTION through July, where you can get a free module or battery for back-up with purchase of the garage door opener. And you might as well buy dad a WOLFPACK tshirt while you are at it because this thing is like a party in a box 🙂
Jeremy installed our old GDO’s and so he felt comfortable getting his hands dirty on this one. But if you are not a DIYer, The Home Depot has installers that went through extensive training on the ins-and-outs of hooking it up and teaching you how to use it.
If you are a DIYer, Jeremy said that the most helpful thing was to have the installation video online that shows you how to get-er-done.
There are also written instructions and a help hotline so you can talk to a real life person if you get in a jam 🙂
The process for our house was fairly straightforward because we were replacing an existing garage door opener. Unplug, de-wire, and un bolt from the supports….
Then detach from the door arm….
and lift the old track away from the bracket.
Then you can remove the entire motor and rail. This part took about ten minutes tops.
We have 8 foot doors….we had to get the extension kit for the GDO to make it fit properly. Most doors are 7 foot but ours is just showing off 🙂
The kit comes with an extra long belt and a couple extenders for adding to the rail.
This took five minutes to prep by piecing it all together and making sure the belt was in place.
Then the rail is attached to the box-o-fun. You’ll understand why I call it that later 🙂
Once the rail is attached to the motor box and the new bracket is in place, you can start the hooking-back-up process.
It’s really straightforward especially with the step-by-step instructions and even though I was standing there waiting to help, Jeremy handled it LIKE A BOSS. Seriously…he needed zero help from me and before I knew it, the garage door opener was up and running.
That’s when the fun part came. He told me that there were MODULES. I know that sounds like a word that could be disgusting or creepy or slightly contagious….but in a hot minute, you will wish you had them.
So on the sides of the motor box are these little black doors. Those are module spots and let me tell you….this is a game changer.
Okay – before I go on, Jeremy wants me to stress how important it is to make sure your sensors are aligned and hooked up properly. Safety first people.
Okay so back to the modules 🙂
So the modules are different accessories. Think bling, flair and function for your garage. They make a fan, a bluetooth speaker, an extension cord, even a parking assist module!
Not only is the GDO ultra quiet, have a built in light but now you can party, keep cool, park like a pro and open the door even when the power goes out! Yup! Back up battery blowing your mind right now. AND did you see the extension cord? So that means you can vacuum your car out in a snap! WAHHHHT?!
And there is more – one of these bad boys for outside the door so you no longer need to suffer through carrying your keys everywhere!
ALSO….you can control everything from your phone. (Is your mind blown yet?)
It’s Crazy. I capitalized that for emphasis because it’s so amazing.
The app can tell you if the door is open or closed, control the motor, the speaker, the fan, the whole shebang. I was telling one of the moms at baseball about this thing and she immediately went to Home Depot to get one because she has teenagers who always forget to close the garage door. So now she can tell if it’s open and be able to close it at work. AND she can put the app on the kids phone so they can open the garage door when they get home from school! It’s all password protected so security is not an issue!
And I can control it if my mom shows up to my house and I am not there yet! It’s just the best use of technology when it comes to garages. But the best way for us to tell you about this thing is to just show you with this ridiculously cheesy video.
Enjoy the staged ridiculousness….
Are you a fan yet? I mean….seriously. It’s just mind sizzling. I feel sizzled. Like some people might show off the size of their TV or the fancy new pool….me, I am taking guests straight to the garage 🙂