The reason we will not repair hurricane water damaged equipment.

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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 professional before re-energizing.

Thank you.

Not all storm/water damage is this obvious. Irma 2017

Feb is here already…………

January went by pretty fast. We have been in the weeds since before Christmas. We usually take the time off during Christmas and New Years but that didn’t happen. We even had an extra hand helping out.

I was looking at some old entries and this installation that I was looking last week came to mind. At this customer there are phone issues from the telephone entry. Below is the junction box I found.


Interior rated CAT5 wires spliced using nothing and being insulated with a short section of stripped off CAT5 insulation. They had twisted it and then jammed it againt the side of the j-box to keep the insulation tube from sliding off.

Good stuff.

Have great February.



DoorKing 1812 Access Plus

DoorKing 1812 Access Plus Flush Mount entry system installed on pedestrian gate

I have been installing DoorKing residential telephone entry systems for over 22 years now. They’ve changed a lot over all those years! The newest model is the 1812 Access Plus or 1812 A+. There are many differences between the previous models, but the most notable are these:

  • Ethernet ready: Local or remote programming over the internet. Supports DynamicDNS services.
  • Five digit entry codes only
  • Holds set from keypad cannot be released by phone.
  • Holds set by phone cannot be released by keypad
  • Strike time tone fixed to one second.
  • Expandable to a total of six relays.
  • All six relays can be assigned “tone-open” numbers!
  • RS-485, three wire network for linking additional Card readers, radio receivers and weigand devices.
  • Lighted Call Button.
  • 27 preprogrammed phone number calling.
  • Super-nice synthetic dialtone for No-phone line applications

I’ve mixed the features I like with some I don’t. I liked being able to release holds. I guess most people didn’t. I think one thing that struck me most odd about this product is that it’s not backward compatible to older models. The entry codes are fixed at five digits. If you’ve got plans to upgrade a single entry system in a multiple system setup, be warned, you may need to prepare the customer for replacing all of them. I feel that one  thing lacking on this unit would be some kind of web interface. There is none. So if you think it would be cool to control your gate from an iPhone,  like I would, this product won’t do it.

If you’ve got a Mac, Forget it. The software is Windows only.

This post also reminds me that I shouldn’t have given away my camera in favor of my iPhone.  The Iphone takes lousy pictures!

Red Bull Tuesday………………………..

Tuesday was Red Bull day.

LiftMaster LA400

We started and finished a new installation. It’s always a challenge to update an existing installation but a new install presents interesting issues of it’s own. This job had us installing a pair of LiftMaster LA 400’s. What’s neat about these operators is that they are 24 volt DC operated. That means that the operators can be powered off a low voltage circuit which requires less costly low voltage wiring. This system can also be converted to a solar power hookup at a later date. Although the customer here opted to go with an AC (home power fed) solution, updating to solar in the future would be no problem. IF you were considering solar from the start, we’d probably go with the LA412S option as it’s 12 volts DC and comes set up for solar right out of the box.

This customer had no available high voltage (110 volts AC) at the gate location. We were able to run a low voltage wire to the gate operator from a weather tight location on the outside of the house.

These linear actuators are very slim and almost disappear into the metal work of the gate. We also top mounted them in order to take advantage of the frame as a structural attachment point.

LiftMaster LA400

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