Automatic gate openers provide the security we need and the difficulty that we don’t want. Often used on private properties, such as homes, apartment complexes, and places of employment, they are easy to install and do not require much voltage to operate. Keep reading to learn how to install automatic gate openers in a few, simple steps.
How to Install an Automatic Gate Opener?
Installing an automatic gate opener is a simple project that can be done in two to three hours. Here is a great solution and very easy way that can help you to install a gate opener.
1. Prepare the Gate for Installation
The gate opener will only work well if the gate does. That said, there are many requirements that every gate must meet.
- Wheels cannot be attached to the gate.
- The gate must be level and be able to freely swing on its hinges.
- If there is any damaged or worn hardware, it needs to be replaced or repaired.
Although there are more requirements, these are the most necessary.
2. Decide Where the Gate Should be Positioned
The gate can be positioned anywhere on the property. Do not install it on the outside of the gate; you don’t want the public to be able to access it.
Position the gate opener near the center line of the gate. This will keep the gate from twisting and flexing so much when the opener has been activated.
3. Install the Gate’s Post Bracket Assembly
The post bracket assembly will set a clearance between the gate and the gate opener. Assemble your post bracket assembly then connect it to the rear mount of the gate opener.
Connect your gate bracket to the front mount of the gate opener, and, the gate in the open position and the opener arm completed retracted, adjust the gate bracket and the post bracket assembly until the opener is completely level.
Finally, hold the opener level, and use C-clamps to temporarily keep the gate bracket and the post bracket assembly in their positions on the gate and gate post.
4. Mount the Opener Arm
To mount the opener arm, connect the opener arm to the gate’s post bracket assembly and the gate bracket. Ensure that the opener arm is completely level, adjusting your post bracket assembly as needed.
5. Install a Closed Position Stop Plate
The Closed Position Stop Plate will stabilize the gate while it is in the closed position.
Disengage the opener from the gate, and put the gate in the closed position. Horizontally join the stop plate to the end of the gate frame. Move the closed position stop plate towards the gate post until the two are touching. Completely tighten the stop plate’s hardware.
Move the gate to the open position, and re-attach the opener arm to the gate bracket.
Once you’ve completed this step, check to see if your gate opener model comes with a control box. If so, mount it. The control box should be mounted a minimum of 3 feet above the ground and at least 3 feet from any power source.
6. Connect Electronics
This step requires handling battery wires, the power cable, the transformer, and the batteries.
- To connect the battery wires, run them through the control box strain relief slot then attach the red and black wires to their corresponding terminals.
- To connect the power cable, insert it through the strain relief slots. Connect the power cable wires to their correct terminal blocks, which will be marked by color.
- Yes, the connect either a solar panel or a transformer to the control board so the battery will maintain a charge.
- Connect the battery by attaching its wires to the battery’s terminals. Attach red to positive and black to negative.
7. Apply Some Finishing Touches
The last steps are setting up some controls. Most of these have to do with the control board.
For the final steps, you will want to set your gate’s closed position limit, adjust its stall force setting, set the auto-close timing (which will determine how long the gate remains open before it closes. This setting is optional. If desired, you can turn this setting off.).
You will also want to personalize your transmitter’s settings. Follow the steps in the instruction manual to learn how to do this. Lastly, your gate opener kit includes warning signs. Install these on each side of the gate.
Final Talk on Installing Automatic Gate Opener
When you decide to install an automatic gate opener, leave the welders and electricians behind, and take on this project, yourself. Follow these easy few steps to get your automatic gate opener up and running. Taking a few hours out of your day could provide your home or your business with the security that you and your employees need.
Boston Gate Operators can handle all of your automatic gate repair and service in Massachusetts. Give us a call at 978-288-8645, and we’ll send one of our licensed, bonded, and insured contractors to your home to keep your gate working as good as new.
At Boston Gate Operators, we are truly the automatic gate specialist, as we deal with all makes and models of automatic, remote, and electric gates, keeping them in great shape, so that you don’t have to worry about the security of your property ever again. Whether you are in need of gate repairs, maintenance, or new gate installations, request a FREE ESTIMATE online, and we’ll get on the job as soon as possible.