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New California Law Requires Garage Door Battery Backups

Yup, that is a photo of me 22 years ago building the first and only garage I've ever built. My husband did not want to build a garage but he also did not want to pay twice as much (or more) to hire a contractor. Besides, I had presented compelling evidence that it was not difficult to build a garage. He still complained the entire time.

When we got down to the part of installing the garage door opener, turned out the city of Minneapolis (where we lived back then) had deeper depth requirements for our Romex ditch. It needed to be six inches deeper. Although code read 18 inches, our particular inspector demanded 24 inches. Something as simple as digging a deeper hole set us back. That's one thing we don't really worry much about in Sacramento. Freezing ground temperatures.

Then a dayworker, this 6-foot guy a friend of mine from the old band The Castaways found to help, had managed to fall off the metal cans he had strapped to his feet. He was installing the garage door opener. When I suggested he use a ladder, no, that, idea was pooh-poohed. Well, his head put a big dent in our newly poured concrete floor. I don't know what disturbed me more -- the fact that he didn't finish installing the opener or the fact he put a big dent in our floor. Know what I mean, jelly bean?

The fact he could have died on the spot didn't seem that important at the time. You can read more about this in my personal blog today at this link: California Garage Door Openers Must Work in a Power Outage.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Photo: Unless otherwise noted in this blog, the photo is copyrighted by Big Stock Photo and used with permission.The views expressed herein are Weintraub's personal views and do not reflect the views of Lyon Real Estate. Disclaimer: If this post contains a listing, information is deemed reliable as of the date it was written. After that date, the listing may be sold, listed by another brokerage, canceled, pending or taken temporarily off the market, and the price could change without notice; it could blow up, explode or vanish. To find out the present status of any listing, please go to elizabethweintraub.com.

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