Automatic Sliding Gate Dundalk
We had a very busy day planned. First stop was to Dundalk to complete an electric sliding gate installation. We actually installed the gate on Friday last. It is a big one - 18 feet long and 6ft high. The gate opens onto a very narrow lane and the customer needs the full opening to get their car turned into the back yard off the lane and back out again.
Their builder originally told them they only needed a 10foot opening. I looked at the job and said that there was no way that they could get the car through a 10ft opening. The builder ridiculed me, but I went back to visit the customer that evening with a couple of traffic cones and we done a little experiment to see what the minimum opening could be. It turned out to be 16.5 feet absolute minimum. So we decided on 17.5 feet of an opening and the gate would be a little longer to over lap - hence the 18 foot gate.
On Friday we installed the gate. The track that the gate runs on was installed a couple of weeks ago. It is a 5 inch deep rack set in 10 inches of concrete - so it is strong enough to drive over and not sink over time.
The gate is held upright by a supporting post which has two rollers running on the front and back of the gate to keep it upright and running true. This supporting post was set in over 2 feet of concrete - so it is not going anywhere....
We installed the electric gate system and safety sensors today and got the gate running smoothly - despite the heavy rain. We installed a safety edge on the closing side of the gate - which protects against the gate being closed a pedestrian passing or limbs reaching through. This is especially important as there a small children in this home.
In addition to the safety edge, we installed photo cells so that the gate can not be closed over accidentally if the car is parked in the entrance. We also use sliding automation systems with obstacle detection and slow down settings. The obstacle detection will detect any obstacle that gets in the way of the gate but somehow manages to be missed by the photo cells. Gate will sense the resistance caused by the obstacle and stop and reverse direction.
The slow down function is a really useful feature. I have noticed that children sometimes try to play "chicken" with automatic gates. I have been servicing gates when i'd see children deliberately run through an opening just before the gate closes fully. The slow down function slows the speed of gate travel down to about 20% of its normal speed for the last 10 or 20% of the travel distance as the gate opens and closes. This might seem a little annoying if you are waiting on the gate to close fully - but not nearly as annoying as waiting for an ambulance to come to save a child who had been trapped because they lost the game of chicken.... Lets hope that there are no more accidents!
Thanks for reading. Adrian