Kraken takes a dive

The last post I did was related to the Octopi that we come across during visits to some of our customers.

Octopus attacking a Door King
Octopus attacking a Door King (Note the giant hole cut into the front of the operator cover?!?!)


Colossal Octopus (Kraken) by               Pierre Denys deMontfort


I thought I should follow that post up with how we dealt with the pictured Octopus at a recently completed job. The Door King above was installed in Jan 2013. The system had some inherent faults built in. Namely the installer  just dropped the operators on existing slabs and had used existing bad wiring and parts. We elected to reuse the operators since they were just a little over a year old but decided to completely re-install with new slabs and new wiring. We slayed the Kraken and this is what our customer got.

Slayed Kraken
Slayed Kraken

This is the same Door King gate operator. It was completely disassembled, repaired (giant hole that the installer had cut to pass through flex conduits even though Door Kings have knock outs), powder coated and rebuilt. We replumbed the installation, pulling all new wiring between operators and telephone entry. Because we knew what the customer was getting, we felt confident giving them an extended installation warranty of 1 year and continuance of the existing factory warranty on the equipment.

Can’t wait to see how it looks after the landscaping has recovered.

Bi Parting Door King Operators sans Kraken
Bi Parting Door King Operators sans Kraken

Octopuses, Octopi, and Octopodes

Octopi are probably one of my favorite invertebrates. Their intelligence and capabilities have made them one most interesting of the sea creatures  and has given them a long history with mythological proportions.

The Mythological Octopus
The Mythological Octopus

Sometimes when I’m out the field working on equipment I find these creatures lurking around gate operators that we haven’t installed. When I find them, they sort of freak me out because they are so unexpected.

Attach of the Octopus
Attack of the Octopus

Octopi are not limited to attacking Power Masters but they seem to be associated with a lot of Power Master installations. Recently we did come across one attacking a Door King!

Octopus attacking a Door King
Octopus attacking a Door King



Meet MGO

My son Florian decided we needed a mascot. So, with the help of my friend Wen- Jumeet MGO.

MGO NO background


Wen-Ju is a Miami based BFA grad from FIU. I had the pleasure of meeting her while taking classes there. Wen-Ju had the honor of having her work selected for the Frost Museum purchase award during her participation in her classes BFA show held there.


Wen Ju working her ass off at the Wynwood art market next to Wood Tavern.

I consider myself lucky to know her and to have her create artwork for Miami Gate Operator. You should check out her work and get a hold of it before the prices become untouchable! She can be found easy enough in Wynwood most art market weekends next to the Wood Tavern


Special projects

Sometimes jobs aren’t straight forward; the grade, or the topography doesn’t allow for a direct install. This customer has a chain link gate and a raised driveway. They also had a raised electrical junction box that their dogs kept running into. We replaced their converted garage door opener with a UL325 Door King 9050 Slide gate operator on a poured concrete slab. We also poured a concrete column around the existing electrical to keep the dogs away. With their new Door King 1812 Classic telephone entry they are all set. We also Installed free exit and reversing loops in their poured concrete driveway to allow for a fully automatic system with Banner beam for pedestrian traffic.

Elevated Door King 9050 gate operator.
Elevated Door King 9050 gate operator or “Look Ma, no conduits!”


The Guts of the matter.

I like our work to look good. Aesthetically I want the stuff we install, repair and or work on to look good; like professionals were there doing what they know how to do. For me this isn’t just a matter of aesthetics but it’s a matter of care and professionalism. That goes for inside and out.

If you ever happen to look inside your gate operator, barrier arm (in this case) or any other equipment and it looks like this, you may understand why it’s acting odd.

Holy schnickies batman! WTF is that?

When something looks as ate up as this thing above, you don’t even know where to start.


Custom rebuilt Mega Arm barrier arm.
Custom rebuilt Mega Arm barrier arm.

This is how we like to work. It makes the inevitable repair and trouble shooting so much easier. Really though, when the stuff is installed like this, with a lot of care, those repairs will be far and few between.

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