How to build your own Electric Gates

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How to build your own Electric Gates

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Automated gates are a convenient addition to a driveway. They keep pets in and unwanted visitors out, and you don’t have to get out of your car to open them. You’ll be glad you installed them when you arrive home late one night in the pouring rain. For others, electric gates provide more than just convenience. Especially for elderly or physically disabled people, they provide security without the discomfort and exertion of having to open and close them.


Step One

Determine which variety of gate opener is required for your property. The main considerations are whether you will use one or two gates, and a slide or swing mechanism. If you use a swing mechanism, you must decide whether you want it to swing inward or outward. Check for clearance all around the planned gate opening, and measure the area for the gates.


Step Two

Clamp the opener actuator to the gate, and the mounting bracket to the gate post. Using this setup, you can accurately estimate where to fit the mounting hardware. With the opener fitted, manually open and close the gate to check whether there is adequate clearance all the way through the swing path.


Step Three

Determine the appropriate spots for your arm and brackets. Then mark the drill holes and remove everything from the gate and post. Drill 3/8-inch holes into the gate and post, to accommodate the supplied extra-long bolts.


Step Four

Drive the bolts all the way through the fence, attaching the mounting hardware. Secure the bolts on the other side, using the locking nuts. Cut off any excess bolt length using the hacksaw.


Step Five

Bolt the stop-plate to the edge of the gate farthest from the hinges, but leave the adjustment bolts loose -- allowing you to wiggle the plate around, as necessary. Close the gate and hold it in the position where you would like it to stop. Slide the stop plate out until it touches the gate post, preventing the gate from swinging past the closed point. Tighten all the adjustment bolts.


Step Six

Replace the actuator arm, and bolt it to the mounting hardware. Connect the control pod wires to the arm, and choose a mounting point for the pod. It should be as high up as possible to maximize signal strength from the remote control, but not so high that the actuator yanks on the cable when the gate is opening and closing. Once you've determined the optimal location, screw the pod to the gate post using the supplied mounting bolts.


Step Seven

Connect the control pod to the power supply. Depending on the model of actuator, it may run on main power, battery or solar power. Check your manual for more detailed instructions.


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