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Slide Gate Not Working

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Having a slide gate can be very nice for your property.  But when it doesn’t work and your stuck inside or outside the gate it can be very stressful.  Here a few things to check on you automatic gate operator.  First make sure the operator is getting the power it needs to work.  Second is check for blown fuses or tripped reset buttons.  Third is obstructions on the wheels or on the track.  This can relay sensors on the board and make the gate shut down.  Next look for dark or burn marks on the control board.  This could indicate a bad board from a power surge.  Most newer operators have led indicators on the board they can give you an idea of what’s going on with the system.  If the gate is still not working call your friendly service tech. at Grider Gates


You Tube Video

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Automatic Swing Gate Service/repair

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For those out there that have a Automatic Swing Gate Operator System there a few things to keep in mind.  First the hinges are the most important part to keep serviced.  Keeping them well greased is very important.  You will need a grease gun to push grease into the hinge.  Doing this will allow your gate to swing smooth and easy.  Second is making sure your swing gate is not dragging the ground.  Some gates have adjustable hinge j-bolts, if not the gate might need to be raised.  Third is the limits.  If the gate is opening to far or closing to far then the limits need to be adjusted.  Doing this will prevent the gate bouncing back or stopping from a obstruction sensor.  I hope these few tips can help you with your swing gate and extend the life of you automatic gate system.


Why Biyearly Gate Service is necessary

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So why should a Automatic Gate System be serviced twice a year? Must home and business that have automatic gates love the security and privacy that a gate system offers. But most are not aware of the maintenance that is needed to have a well running system. The most common causes of system failure are non lubrication of moving parts, weather, and animals that lead to major part failure.

 

Moving parts such as chains, gears, wheels, and rollers need to be lubricated or greased because they create friction. Lack of lubrication can cause rust or bearing failure. Making sure a chain is tight can prevent a gate system from shutting down. A chain will stretch and control boards have sensors built in to them. Too much slack in a chain can set off sensors making the gate system think its hitting an obstruction. The change in weather has a great affect on Automatic Gate Systems. Heat or moisture can damage electronic parts. Slide gate operators have a drift moment. When the gate system hits its stopping point a gate can sometimes drift a couple inches. Most owners notice this when a gate starts hitting against a post when reaching its close limit. The change in temperature can cause this as well as chain stretching over time, an adjustment in the limits is needed. Animals love to make their home out of the operators especially when systems are mounted directly on the ground and not on a stand. I have seen ants to mice destroy control boards. Adding moth balls in or around your gate system can keep out unwanted critters.

 

When customers ask me why these failures happen I often answer “when you have electronics out in mother nature, mother nature will win every time”.
So servicing an Automatic Gate System twice a year can actually save you frustration and money in the long run.


Summer Gate Special

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Grider Gates Summer Gate Installation or Replacement Special
Starting May 1, 2013 Ending August 31, 2013
If you are needing a new installation or have a old operator that needs to be replaced this offer is for you.
This summer of 2013 we are offering 10% discount off the total cost of a new installation or replacement Gate System.

Service just mention the word “TEXAS” during the bidding process to gain discount.
We are also offering a special on Service Calls. Mention the word TEXAS and receive $25.00 off your total Service Call Bill.

Take advantage of these offers now because they will not last.


Apollo and USAutomatic Solar Power Operaters

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Nice Apollo Solar Power

Solar power allows installations of automatic gate systems far away from any electrical network. Wireless technology, continuous functioning and energy savings point out new possible applications even where they were considered impossible. An ecological and extremely intelligent system which allows the final user to make a notable economic saving.

US Automatic
GOVERNMENT SOLAR TAX INCENTIVE PROGRAM
If you own a home and purchase a solar powered/charged USAutomatic Gate Operator manufactured by USAutomatic, LTD. after December 31, 2008, you may receive a 30% tax credit. This tax credit is available for the installed cost of your solar gate operator on your Federal tax return.

Solar Charged Gate Operator Information
The system design and the accessories recommended are all Solar Friendly meaning that they require the least amount of energy possible to perform the job they were designed to do. The solar option allows you to install the gate operator in remote areas or in applications where you prefer to be solar charged. Solar charging does provide isolation from lightning that might damage the unit via the AC power needed for the transformer.

Understanding Solar Charged System
USAutomatic solar charged gate operators are designed to provide enough cycles a day for most installations without needing more than one solar panel. Care must be taken to ensure the solar panel has full sun throughout the day; partial sun will give partial results. If no sun is present then a solar system is not practical no matter how many panels might be installed. Solar Panel must be kept clean and in full sunlight.
The design of the system must pay particular attention to any accessories that might be added, use only Solar Friendly accessories to help avoid premature battery failure. For a complete list of accessories please visit Accessories page.


Understanding Solar and AC Charged Systems

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Solar Charged Gate Operator Information The system design and the accessories recommended are all Solar Friendly meaning that they require the least amount of energy possible to perform the job they were designed to do. The solar option allows you to install the gate operator in remote areas or in applications where you prefer to be solar charged. Solar charging does provide isolation from lightning that might damage the unit via the AC power needed for the transformer.
Understanding AC Charged System
USAutomatic AC charged gate operators come with a low voltage transformer which plugs into the charge controller and can easily provide 575 cycles of operation a day without decreasing the battery charge. In the event AC power goes out the operator will operate for weeks on the battery (if cycles per day are below 20) before needing service. Again, accessories connected to the opener are critical. Always use Solar Friendly accessories to help avoid premature battery failure in cases of power outages.
Understanding Solar Charged System
Solar charged gate operators are designed to provide enough cycles a day for most installations without needing more than one solar panel. Care must be taken to ensure the solar panel has full sun throughout the day; partial sun will give partial results. If no sun is present then a solar system is not practical no matter how many panels might be installed. Solar Panel must be kept clean and in full sunlight.
The design of the system must pay particular attention to any accessories that might be added, use only Solar Friendly accessories to help avoid premature battery failure.


Safety Instructions for Electric Gates

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  • Never let children operate or play with gate controls or any other activation device.
    Keep remote control away from children.
  • Do not allow children to play in the area of the gate.
  • Do not allow anyone to ride on the gate.
  • Always keep people and objects away from the gate.
  • NO ONE SHOULD CROSS THE PATH OF A MOVING GATE. Read more

Tips to Consider When Planning Gate Installation

Posted on by Don Jones Comments Off on Tips to Consider When Planning Gate Installation

>Driveway gates give a distinctive to look to your home and can add extra security. You can choose swinging or sliding driveway gates, depending on your preference and your landscaping. Gate kits include correct size posts and all the hardware you need. Some warranties will be voided if you install the gates yourself instead of hiring a professional.

It’s important to make sure that the ground where your swinging driveway gates will open is level or that it drops in the direction that the gates open. If it’s uneven and goes up in elevation it can prevent your gates from opening properly. Since sliding driveway gates don’t open, this isn’t an issue, but you’ll want to make sure that the ground doesn’t go up in elevation on either side of the driveway.

Each gate kit may be different and require a different number of inches added to the width of the gate in order to set the posts properly. The posts may also have certain markings showing where the bottom of the gate will be when everything is installed. These may need to face a certain direction, and have at least 3 inches of clearance between the markings and the ground. Be sure to check the instructions as they will vary by the gate style and size, and how the gates latch. Stay tuned for more tip on gate installation.