Gone are the days when automatic gates were specifically used to guard entrances in mansions and private estates. Today, there’s a big demand for them from homeowners who are looking for equipment that is capable of protecting their belongings. Not only does an automatic gate improve the safety of your family and home, it is convenient and practical.
The best thing about them? You do not require any sort of professional support for installing most automatic gate openers. You just have to follow the instructions given on the manual that comes within the package. However, if you wish that your purchase continues to work flawlessly and doesn’t suffer from installation problems, you’ll have to follow certain actionable tips that are shared below:
1. Inspect the Package When It Arrives
Make sure that you check the package for the automatic gate to ensure you’re getting everything you paid for. The typical package will include the gate opener, drive belt, metal racks, panel, bearings, rollers, and electrical connections. Also, see if the bolts are tightly screwed in their natural position. If you identify any loose bolts holding cables and springs, avoid touching them as they could break if you attempt to tighten. If the slide gate is manufactured with food, see if you need to oil or repair the wooden parts.
2. Decide the Gate’s Position
You can position the gate at any point on your property. However, don’t place it on the outside of your owned land – you don’t want any bystander to be able to access it. The ideal position is the center line of the area where your manual gate was/is installed. This will prevent the installation from flexing and twisting too much when you activate its opener.
3. Properly Set Up Post Bracket Assembly
Remember to install the gate’s post bracket assembly as it creates a clearance between the opener and the gate. It should be linked with the opener’s rear mount First, connect the gate opener’s front mount with the gate bracket. Then, with the arm opener retracted and the gate in an open place, adjust post bracket assembly as well as the bracket of the gate until the opener finds complete balance. Lastly, after the opener has been held level, utilize C-clamps to keep the post bracket assembly and the bracket of the gate in their natural position on the gate post and gate until you install a stop plate (closed position).
4. Keep Pests at Bay
Your installation of the automatic gate should be combined with pest control as any looming pests can sabotage the gates’ functioning. The gates feature electric components for their smooth operation and function but animals like spider and bees can wreak havoc on these parts. Others like snails can damage the gate’s circuit board. If you encounter any pests near the area where the gate is supposed to be installed, get in touch with a professional pest control company to remove any termites, rodents, etc.
5. Get Relevant Lubricants
Of course, there’s no need to lubricate the whole thing, just the crucial parts of the gate need to be lubricated! See what lubricant has been recommended by the gate vendor and purchase that as soon as you can. This should be applied after every six months to enable smooth functioning. As certain parts have a bigger responsibility of making the gate work as smoothly as possible, you’ll want to keep them maintained to the best of your ability, so that you can avoid costly repairs in the future. Make sure you lubricate screws, wheels, pulley, chain and all other important components. Also, be mindful of the sliding gates and swings – these often feature internal chains that too need lubrication.
Pro tip: Never use heavy oil or WD 40 for any type of lubrication. Instead, use a silicone base or lithium grease lubricant.
6. Test the Automatic Gate’s Auto Reverse Function
Do this after you’ve installed the gate and repeat every month. Homeowners can test the auto reverse function by putting timber flat length that’s 100mm * 50 mm on the floor (at least 50 mm height) in the doorway’s center, where the door will be closing, and let the door close on the timber’s top. If there are no problems with the function, the opener is going to label timer as the ‘obstruction’ when the door itself comes in contact with the timber and stop and place the door into its open position once again.
7. Avoid Rust from Taking Place
You need to keep a proactive check on any indicators of rust. Extreme weather conditions coupled with dirt accumulation can bring rusting in the meta components of your automatic gate. If you see any rusting signs, it can be easily removed if you use a mild detergent to wash the sliding gate. However, too much corrosion will require you to use a sandpaper for scrubbing the vulnerable areas.
8. Do a Safety Check
One thing you should never compromise on is safety. Get started by checking that the entrance is clear before you test the closing and opening functions of the gate. This may not need to be done if the automatic safety panels are included in the gate. Safety beams are capable of determine obstructions such as individuals and vehicles and won’t allow the gates to open until the area is marked clear. Some vendors only fit loop detectors, but these are only suitable for detection of vehicles. Damage and injury to cars and folks can be avoided with a safety-enabled automatic gate and should be tested frequently.
When you take the plunge with an automatic gate, take professional installers and welders out of the equation and proceed with the project yourself. Follow these easy tips to get your gate installed and running. Gearing a few hours of your schedule toward the installation will provide you with the safety and peace of mind you and your family needs.