Here’s another one of those “why didn’t I think of that” tools: a garage door opener that works even when the power goes out. Normally in that situation you’d have to pull the emergency release and open the door manually, and I can’t see my wife working too well with that option — with her luck she’d have the door on her foot in seconds.
A Sears DieHard battery runs the DC-powered motor when the power goes out. The opener features the required safety sensors, two remotes, and an intelligent panel that shows time, temperature, and diagnostic information, plus a Security+ feature to deter thieves.
The Craftsman Garage Door Opener with Battery Backup sells for $280.