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Old 03-13-2011, 10:26 PM   #1
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Need help on a system for opening a basement door that is apart of my floor in one of the rooms. It opens up with a tug on a handle but was wondering about some sort of strut or actuator system that can be operated from inside the basement and outside the basement as well (Tornado's prevalent in my area and need to take cover). Any help would be great. Thanks.

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Old 03-14-2011, 07:13 AM   #2
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Gas struts would reduce the effective weight of the door, making it easier to open. They are usually sized for the weight they will support and the travel length.

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Old 03-15-2011, 01:15 PM   #3
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Thanks. Is there any sort of automated system that would work as well or that could pop the door open so the gas strut could take over? Thanks again.
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Thanks. Is there any sort of automated system that would work as well or that could pop the door open so the gas strut could take over? Thanks again.

You want a handicap door system on in? Push button open?
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:40 PM   #5
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You want an "automated" system so that when a tornado does strike and the power goes off, the door won't open???
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You want an "automated" system so that when a tornado does strike and the power goes off, the door won't open???

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Not necessarily like that, I figured if the power went out then a simple push on the door would open it (if the gas strut were installed). But for more everyday ease of use I was wondering of an automated system. Basically I was just looking to see what other people have done and what was out there already. Thanks again.
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You have your point about the ease of use on Basement doors. But be sure that you can still access when the power turns off.. Just ask the professionals on it.

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Old 10-06-2011, 11:17 AM   #10
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Been seven months and the OP hasn't returned, I wonder if that sucker is trapped in his hidden room with the automatic door that won't open?

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