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Garage Butler GB201 Automatic Garage Door Closer
Garage Butler GB201 Automatic Garage Door Closer
Garage Butler GB201 Automatic Garage Door Closer
Item# 74401
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  • Timer can be set to 3, 10, 20, 30, 45 or 60 minutes
  • Light sensor will automatically close garage door when dark
  • 30 second alert will sound before closing
  • On/off button allows you to have full control over the garage door
  • No holes or drilling required for installation

Essential Info

Have you ever left your home wondering whether or not you remembered to close the garage door? If yes then the Garage Butler is the product for you. The Garage Butler is a patented automatic garage door closer that can be set to a timer with 6 options to automatically close your garage in the event it is accidentally left open. The timer options you can set are 3, 10, 20, 30, 45 or 60 minutes. Once the Garage Butler recognizes that your garage door has been open the specified amount of time it will start an audible 30 second countdown timer to alert that it will be closing. If you are nearby and wish to keep the garage open you can bypass the timer by pushing the red "hold" button or simply turn the Garage Butler off via its manual on/off switch. The Garage Butler can also be programmed to stay open during the day if you are performing a task requiring it to stay open, such as cleaning out the garage or hosting a garage sale. This device also comes equipped with a light sensor that acts as a failsafe to automatically close the garage door, if left open, when it becomes dark outside.

The Garage Butler will work with all manufacturers and attaches to any mechanism with a working open/close button. When installing the unit you only need to use the provided double sided mounting tape leaving you without having to drill any holes. This auto-closer comes with a UL approved power supply.

What's Included

  • 1x - Garage Butler Module
  • 2x - Mounting Brackets
  • 1x - Wiring harness with wired magnetic contact, door switch wire and UL approved power supply
  • 1x - Un-wired magnetic contact
  • 1x - Double sided mounting tape, no drilling required
  • 1x - Installation and Operation Manual
  • 1x - Security warning sticker

  • More Info

    Installation Instructions
  • Take all parts of the Garage Butler out of the box. You will need a small Phillips and Flathead screwdriver and either a pair of scissors or a wire-stripper.
  • Peel off the two pieces of double-sided tape from the back and stick the Butler on the wall where you would like it. Since the wire that attaches to your existing button is only about 3 feet long or so, we suggest that you place the Butler on the wall either above or to the left or right of your existing button.
    Connect the 3-wire fitting into the module connector on the top of the Butler.
  • Take the Z bracket and place some tape on one end of the bracket and take the loose contact and place it on the other end of the bracket. Note: Before placing Z and L brackets in desired location make sure surface is clean of dirt/grease.
  • Take the L bracket and place some tape on the inside of the bracket (this will be stuck to the track of the garage door). Take the longest wire and roll it out along the bottom or top of the length of the garage.
  • The Z bracket will need to be stuck on the door of the garage approximately 1 foot to 1 1/2 feet from the floor. If needed (or desired) the Z and L brackets CAN be placed high above the floor or even at the top of the track. At that point it would be actually by the roof. The lower the contacts are the less chance you will have of any pieces of the garage door hitting the L bracket as the door goes up.
  • The L bracket will need to be stuck on the TRACK of the garage door so it meets up with the Z bracket. (You might want to do some measuring before you peel the tape off of the brackets so you can align them up so that when they are both stuck on the door and the track that they meet up ALMOST touching or approximately 1/8 inch away from each other. Any more than 1/8 of an inch or so and the contact may not work. The brackets are alloy and can be bent into place.
  • Take the ties that the wires were wrapped up with and firmly secure the wire to the L alloy bracket so that the wire stays secured to the bracket.
  • Measure how much of the shortest wire you want to use that will be connected to your existing button opener. Make sure you have the shortest and correct wire, and then cut the wire. Peel the end of the wire apart about an inch and a half, then peel off the plastic covering about one half of an inch from the ends and twist the copper wires together, then make an arch or curve the wires so that they will easily attach under the screws.
  • Take off the face plate of your existing button opener. When connect the wires to the existing opener button put the Garage Butler wires ON TOP of the existing wires that were already there. Twist the wires on top of the existing ones and screw it on tight. It does NOT matter which wire of the Garage Butler goes to which contact, it will work either way.
  • Replace the cover of the button back on the wall. You will have the Garage Butler wire sticking out. If you want a really clean installation then you would need to run the wire through the wall. Most people simply leave the wire on the outside of the wall to make the installation simple.
  • Plug the Garage Butler into an outlet.
  • Tie up the extra slack from the power and contact wires so that they will not get tangled up in anything.
  • Test your new Butler: Close your garage door and then turn the power switch to the ON position. Turn the timer to the 3 minute setting. Open up your garage door with either your new red opener button OR your original opener button. Wait approx. 3 minutes. The Butler will beep for 30 seconds and then begin to close the garage door. The beeping will stop once the garage door is closed and or the contacts.

  • Specifications

    ManufacturerGarage Butler
    Manufacturer Product No.GB201
    DimensionsL 9in x W 9in x H 2in
    Weight2 lbs
    Timer Options3, 10, 20, 30, 45 and 60 minutes

    Important notes:
    Defective exchanges for identical item within 30 days of purchase. After 30 days, please contact the manufacturer.
    Manufacturer contact information: Midwest Garage Butler LLC, Tel: (651) 442-7166 Ext


    19 Ratings
    5 star: 53%  (10)
    4 star: 32%  (6)
    3 star: 5%  (1)
    2 star: 5%  (1)
    1 star: 5%  (1)
    Average Customer Rating
    (19 customer ratings)
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    MICHAEL -- lavon, TX   10/25/2013
    great unit woks like a charm
    GERI -- thornton, CO   8/9/2013
    It was not a quick setup had to adjust and cut parts for our door. But it works and will keep us from leaving the house for the weekend and leaving the door open.
    RONALD -- marysville, WA   7/14/2013
    I don't worry about leaving garage doors open anymore. Thanks, great product and works great!
    JUDITH R -- cincinnati, OH   3/3/2013
    My husband was able to install it quickly with no issues. It works like a charm and I no longer need to worry about the door being left open overnight. Great purchase. Feb'13.
    JOHN W -- houston, TX   12/30/2012
    This would have prevented a recent burglary at our house. It works great. I had to hire a guy to install it because of my physical problems, but it is so simple a nimble person could do it. It just needs to explain that when the door is closed, the alert lights go out. That was confusing.
    MANUEL -- brampton, ON   12/9/2012
    Very good people to deal and very fast shipping Thanks Guys
    Brian B -- chicago, IL   11/26/2012
    This product is unreliable. The vibration of the door going up and down eventually misaligns the sensor. The device then thinks the garage door is open when it's not, and opens the door. It then sets its timer, waits N minutes, notices the door is open, and closes the door. That's not a huge problem if you are home to notice all the activity, but it sure is if you happen to be asleep or away!
    ROBERT N. -- lexington, KY   11/7/2012
    I didnt trust the double-sided tape and it took me about an hour to fully install it. I'm handy, not expert. It functions well, except the "hold" button does not do anything.
    WALTER -- melbourne, FL   9/24/2012
    Easy to install and works great. One wish would be that the hold timer does not reset to 3 minutes each time you power down which is what happens when you close the door.
    BRUCE -- sun city center, FL   8/20/2012
    I found the installation fairly intimidating. Admittedly, my mental and physical capacities were not exactly increased by having a stroke, but buyers should be wary of this . Fortunately for me, Smarthome was wonderful about refunding. They were prompt and fair.
    BILL -- lewisville, TX   7/30/2012
    Excellent product. Well packaged with plenty of wire. Does exactly what I need it to do.
    ANDRE -- brossard, QC   7/19/2012
    Works delivery..
    CORY -- austin, TX   7/2/2012
    It was fairly easy to install, but the way the wires connect to the left end of the device made it impossible to really hide the wires. It does work as advertised.
    KENNETH -- oak ridge, TN   3/26/2012
    Simple device but reliable. Double back tape mount is not as ideal as if there were mount screws.
    AARON -- albuquerque, NM   12/4/2011
    The device keeps things simple while monitoring the status of the garage door. I like to have a professional look to installation of any devices or other work in my home, so I would have preferred a different style connector to make dropping the wire through the wall easier instead of snaking it up the wall and working backwards. I recommend adding screws to the installation of the magnet and wired switch to ensure either does not fall off over time...either by being knocked or the adhesive giving way. Since the device is binary logic -- door is opened or closed -- opened thus initiating the countdown timer, if the magnet is displaced then the Butler will go rogue and cycle a series of opening and closing at the interval chosen. This occurred just last week in the early morning when my wife left. She closed the door just before the Butler was about to close it... this stopped the door mid cycle, then the interval ran out and the Butler completed opening the door, the interval then ran out again and the door successfully closed. As much as I feel the piezo buzzer is way too loud, when I was able to hear it (from the back of the house) repeatedly alert, I knew something was out of synch and I had a potential risk--the door still being open. Overall this is a handy device to add additional security to a complete package of security cameras, alarm system, and series of timers for automation.
    WALEED -- saginaw, MI   11/18/2011
    It is perfect product and easy to install. Until now it did not fail even once. Thank so much.

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