Back of Gate Operator – What Is It?

Ritchie BignellOperator

What is a back of gate operator? A back of gate operator is one type of motor used on automated gates, as they need an operator (or motor) to drive the gate leaf open and closed.  The operator is effectively located horizontally on the gate leaf, connected to the gate post with a suitable bracket. How does it work? When the operator receives … Read More

Underground Operator – What Is It?

Ritchie BignellOperator

What is an underground operator? An underground operator is one type of motor used on automated gates, as they need an operator (or motor) to drive the gate leaf open and closed.  The operator is effectively is located at the base of the gate post in the ground. How does it work? When the operator receives a signal from the control system, the … Read More

A Fried Control Board Stops The Gate Working

Ritchie BignellControl Box

What is it? This is the description applied when the control board has suffered serious burn damage. Unfortunately it is not a part of a traditional full English breakfast. What happens? Initially, the gate stops working, which may be accompanied with the smell of burning or the throwing of the circuit breaker or trip at the electrical distribution box. Usually, … Read More

Control Board Damaged By A Slug

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What is it? This is a description applied when a slug or snail has slid across the control board, shorting it out. Unfortunately it is not the title of an obscure Children’s novel. This is one we found recently inside the controls cabinet. What happens? The gardeners reading this will be pleased to know that it usually kills the slug or … Read More

Control Box Wiring Looks Like A Birds Nest

James CampbellControl Box

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Birds Nest Wiring – This is a description applied when the inside of the control box is extremely messy, resembling a birds nest. However, occasionally an actual birds nest is found inside the control box, as it is nice and dry in there, a good safe place to raise chicks out of reach from the local cats. Why is it … Read More