I just wanted to take a minute to post a thanks to all our customers who have been so patient with us since last September when Hurricane Irma struck. We have a big base throughout South Florida and a good portion of those customers are in the Florida Keys.
Even though it has been six months, we are still working overtime trying to get gate equipment repaired, replaced and re-installed. We hope to restart our preventative maintenance program again very soon. It is the one thing that we have stopped completely for the duration so we can concentrate on getting customers up and running.
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.
This is the inside view showing the Powermaster swing gate operators.
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.
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.
We plumbed the gates and everything lined up almost perfectly.
Lots of times gate operators need to be installed in such a way that was not planned for by the manufacturer. The equipment is engineered for a wide range of installations. Those plans don’t always cover the situation at hand. In this case the customer had very intricate, electrostatic coated gates that we didn’t want to attach the gate operators to. The installation required custom brackets.
You can see how the bracket allows clearance for the screen on the fixed panel.
We also manufacture our own goose necks. This one has been lengthened to accommodate the fixed panels and the extra reach. The DoorKing 1812 Classic was also powder coated to match the gooseneck and ad life to the housing due to the close proximity to Biscayne Bay. The last picture you can zoom in on.