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Electric gates are a great security device for home owners with a long drive or live in isolated areas. Here’s the things you’ll need to consider when installing an electric gate.
Before you begin
Think about a few things. Power considerations and the weight of the gate where the opener will be installed are important to think about in order to get the appropriate model of opener. Also, before adding an opener to an existing gate, ensure that the gate in question is in good repair and swings easily. It will be easier to install and troubleshoot possible problems afterwards if the gate is correct to begin with.
Step 1: Find a place on the inside of the fence to install the opener. This is to keep the public from tampering with the device, thus voiding its usefulness as a security device. Consider also that the opener should be positioned roughly in the center, vertically, of the gate. This is avoid twisting of the gate while the opener is in operation.
Step 2: Once the opener is positioned, the Post Bracket Assembly needs to be installed. Ensure that this assembly is level and has clearance when the gate is in both closed and open positions. To aid, use clamps to hold the assembly in tentative position while adjustments are made.
Step 3: The gate opener arm is next. Attach level with the post assembly bracket. It may be necessary to make minor adjustments to the Post Bracket Assembly to ensure that both are level before final attachment.
Step 4: The closed Position stop plates must be installed in order to stabilize the gate when it is in a closed position. Adjust and test before completely installing the plate; the gate must be able to come easily to a stop on the plate.
Step 5 (If applicable): The control box is available on some models. To keep it safe from weather and other environmental hazards, mount the control box at least three feet above the ground. To protect from electrical disturbance, mount at least three feet from other electrical sources.
Step 6: The battery is now ready to be connected to the control board. Attach the wires and ensure that power is received on the board. The wires and terminals are color coded to avoid confusion.
Step 7: the power cable can now be fed through to the Control Box. Again, the cables and terminals are color coded to avoid confusion.
Step 8: A transformer or a solar panel is necessary to power the control board, but you must not attach both to the board at the same time or you’ll risk damage. This part of the process is to provide a constant charge to the battery. Trench the power cable from the AC outlet to the transformer, taking proper precautions against environmental and man made hazards. It is recommended to run the cable inside a PVC pipe. Once run, attache the power cable to the transformer’s terminals.
Step 9: Install the battery in a location no further then 6 feet from the control board. Any further may effect performance.
Step 10: The closed limit needs to be set by using the entry transmitter. This limit will tell the gate to stop at the appropriate spot and not try to push further.
Step 11: The potentiometer is the sensor that measures obstruction sensitivity. This is how hard the gate opener will push before giving up when it runs into an obstruction. The potentiometer can be adjusted with a screw driver and should be set so the gate opens and closes smoothly.
Step 12: Auto-close setting can now be set. When the gate has been opened, this is the time that the gate will remain open before automatically closing.
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Step 13: The transmitter code should be set now, this is the personalized code that your gate opener uses to communicate with the control box. This is to increase security.
Step 14: The last step is to install warning signs that the gate has an electric opener.