The loooong season.

We get a lot of questions regarding gate handling during a hurricane situation.

The main one is “What do we do with our gates during a hurricane?”

There is only one right answer: “Do what works for you and hope for the best.”

Maybe we can help you make the best decision.

You need to balance security, with liability and with ability.

Not everyone can take down their gates and store them. Not many want to leave their property open especially during a natural event that they have no control over.

My first suggestion is, remove the gates and store. The second suggestion “for me” would be store slide gates in an open position secured and swing gates in a closed position secured. My last suggestion would be to secure swing gates in an open position secured and slide gates in a closed position secured. Remember, “Securing” is very subjective. I can’t tell what is best for your situation; ratchet straps, chains, cables, tie downs, nuts and bolts, steel or wood?

Putting the gates in storage leaves a property open. Depending on the storage location, it is possible that the location may become damaged.

Securing closed, leaves the possibility of the gates being damaged in a closed position making access difficult.

Leaving open but secured means leaving the property open with the gates vulnerable to damage.

There is always a possibility of gates wind loading and becoming airborne depending on gate installation, wind conditions and securing method.

The bottom line is there is no one situation that is the same and all will require determining what works for you.

I will say that the best gates I have ever installed were designed, engineered and fabricated and included inherent design qualities that took into account hurricane issues.

However you handle it, be safe.

Crazy Colors

Kampong in the Grove
The Kampong in the Grove

This is a ten year old Door King 9100 gate operator. Our customer, The Kampong in the Grove, the location of the former winter home of Dr. David Fairchild, needed an updated but budget priced gate operator. We had just the thing. This location is a great place for a former high traffic gate operator to retire. The 9100 can pull and push the heavy steel gate with no problem. We installed a new main shaft,  new bearings, new belt and a surge suppressor. This operator will last a long time. One of the things we wanted to do was give it a new finish. So before overhauling we stripped it down and had it powder coated this cool red color to match the iron work at the Kampong. It’s almost iridescent. 

 

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Door King 6100’s in the islands……..

We do work  wherever it is needed. Sometimes that takes us to the west coast of Florida, a lot of times to the Keys (where we love to go) and sometimes to the islands. Island work requires very critical planning due to the availability of equipment, material and parts. The gates in this post were all prefabricated by a local artisan craftsman and the operators were preassembled by us and shipped. What is really cool about these Door Kings is that all the exposed steel hardware was replaced with stainless steel hardware. We fabricated stainless steel knuckles and stainless steel post mounting kits with stainless steel arms. We had two days to install gates, operators and telephone entry…….

Working with the locals.
Working with the locals.
Everyone worked well together, electricians, gate installers and gate operator installers.
Everyone worked well together, electricians, gate installers and gate operator installers.
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Door King 6100 Swing gate operators with all custom stainless steel hardware, arms and mounting kits.
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Ready to head out.

One of my favorite things is getting fresh conch salad.
One of my favorite things is getting fresh conch salad.

 

Light weight Redux

Gates are built with different weights. That is, some gate fabricators build gates extremely heavy for security and durability. Some gates, due to aesthetics, budget constraints or other reasons like the fabricators suck, are built extremely light in weight. In these instances it is possible to over operate the gates with the wrong equipment. It doesn’t help that the installers do a bad job installing the equipment either.

These gates are of the light weight kind. As you can see the things are all bent out of plumb. Some semblance of thought was taken into mimicking the railings on the second story; colorwise and designwise.

Baum Before Outside

This is the inside view showing the Powermaster swing gate operators.

Baum Before Inside

Notice Kraken grappling with the side of the operator. These are trip hazards, gardeners nightmares etc. , not to mention just a plain mess. Limit adjustment is a pain in the neck and over traveling of the arms was a constant problem.

We decided to install light weight Liftmaster LA 400’s. These are the last of the old style LA 400’s as the new ones have an advanced circuit board and are black.

Baum After Inside

Baum gate mount

Baum Post Mounting bracket

We fabricated new custom mounting hardware, powder coated to match existing gate as close as possible and redesigned the gate to accept the new hardware. We got rid of all extraneous flex conduits in order to clean up the appearance and added a reversing beam to the system. Before, even though the system is push to open push the close without auto function, there were no reversing devises other than those built into the gate operator.

Baum  After Outside

We plumbed the gates and everything lined up almost perfectly.

 

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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?!?!)

 

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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