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.
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.
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!
My son Florian decided we needed a mascot. So, with the help of my friend Wen- Ju, meet MGO.
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
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.
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.
When something looks as ate up as this thing above, you don’t even know where to start.
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.
This month has slid past faster than a bare foot rabbit on a greasy griddle………..
For this before and after we’re looking at a barrier arm.
Check out those cool junction boxes. The interesting angles create an excellent composition.
This is a custom rebuilt barrier arm unit we used to replace the old equipment. Custom Hi Viz powder coating. Still have to move that conduit popping up in back but this is still miles ahead of what they had.
The rocket scientists that had installed the original equipment had used plumbing PVC. Nope! Not the right stuff. Had to break up the concrete to get to the plumbing els. Could not re-pull wires to replace the ROMEX they had installed.