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.
It’s difficult to answer someone when they ask about what we do that is different. They also say a picture is worth a thousands words. This a DoorKing 9100 on an elevated concrete slab in a residential community in Coconut Grove. This install just went through hurricane Irma.
Click on the pic above for a link to the web site.
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.
When I was a kid I remember Sy Syms and his daughter Marcy coming on the television in one of their possibly now, maybe not quite infamous TV spots saying things about clothing and then somewhere along the line adding their tagline “An Educated Consumer is our Best Customer.” I doubt I really understood what that meant. I think I thought it was sort of a backwards slap in the face, kind of like a taunt. Like, you weren’t an educated consumer if you didn’t shop at Syms. Maybe you were a moron.
Over the years I’ve come to realize that in our business there are a lot of products that basically do the same thing; open and close gates. There is a problem though, most people don’t realize the differences in the equipment and the differences in the installation. I don’t think it’s a problem of being educated or not educated as much as it is a problem of being informed or not informed.
On January 16 of 2016, the powers that govern the gate operator manufacturing business and gate installation put into effect the latest UL 325 2016 which adds even more things to the suggested ‘Minimum” of the standard. See below
This may seem inconsequential but it’s something that we, as a reputable installer have to take into consideration. It’s true that this adds another layer of cost to the installation. Gate operators and access control I think, can be an asset, not just an additional convenience but a real asset that adds value to a residence or business. If done correctly they can add years of worry free service but also if done correctly and professionally with an eye on detail, they can add real value.
I want to think that when Miami Gate Operator does an installation or even a repair, we take into account the things we’ve learned about the equipment and the installation of that equipment and we do the best possible job.
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.