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.
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We have to back up the services/repairs we perform. This includes equipment we have installed and equipment we have taken over to service. Water damage, especially salt water damage may not incapacitate a device immediately. What’s worse is water damage can not only prevent the equipment from operating in the future, it can become a serious safety concern. That’s why will will not be performing repairs on equipment that has obviously been exposed to water. If your equipment has been submerged, even for just a few minutes during hurricane Irma we will be more than happy to give an estimate to replace.
All affected wiring should be checked by a licensed electrical professionalbefore re-energizing.
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.
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…….
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.