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Until recently, the biggest problem with installing and repairing an automatic garage door opener was plowing through the 12 pages of instructions and figuring out what to do with the leftover parts. But the situation changed significantly as of January 1, 1993. That's the date new regulations went into effect requiring manufacturers to include additional safety devices on all automatic openers. The federal regulations are directed specifically at manufacturers, but there are important implications for small builders who are asked to install or service garage door openers as part of their construction projects. And at least three states — Minnesota, New York, and California — have passed legislation that deals directly with installation and servicing. Entrapment Garage doors are the largest moving component you're likely