Daniel Arms’ recently added a new entrance to his homestead and he’s looking forward to the safety and security it’s going to provide. In this Backyard Life video, the Arms Family Homestead host completes this long-awaited project by demonstrating how to install a solar-powered automatic gate opener.
Choosing a Gate Opener
After some initial research, Daniel chose an automatic, dual-gate opener kit from Ghost Controls. While the two swing gate openers share power, they’ll move in a slightly-staggered fashion to ensure a secure closure.
Swing gates open much like a door, swinging inward or outward to open. Most swinging gate door openers work with either single gate panels or gates with dual panels. Their controls allow the user to open one panel or both panels simultaneously. Dual versions require two mechanisms—one for each door.
When entering the property, the gates can be opened by remote control or an exterior keypad. And, an underground sensor will trigger the gates to open automatically when exiting.
Typically, automatic gate openers are wired for compatibility with existing residential electrical hookups. But, because his homestead lacks a residential electrical supply, Daniel’s will be powered by the sun. The solar panel he’s installing will provide all the electricity his gates will require.
With power now established, Daniel completes the install project by using a trencher to bury his gate and sensor wires safely underground.
In much the same way his property entrance gates now open and close, Daniel’s project turned out to be an automatic experience!
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