I gotta keep the pup in the yard, so I always stop the car, get out, open
the gate, drive through, stop the car, get out, close the gate, drive away
everytime I leave the house. It's surprisingly not that big a PITA, but if
there were an off-the-shelf remote control swinging or sliding gate
available for less than an arm & a leg, I'd surely like to go that route. I
looked into it a while back, and the only one I found was a swinging unit at
over $700 per side. Definitely out of the budget.
I see these things in commercial uses, but I can't be the only homeowner
with this application. Anybody point me to a website or business serving
the homeowner market?
I think that is about it. First there is little market for home use and
I would have to believe the construction would be more for one of these than
say a garage door opener.
Having said that I have seen some intended for the home market, but I
believe they were in that price range.
You can get sliding ones we have one at work, runs in my mind they spent 3-4
grand on it. When the gate was installed. Try http://www.solardiscount.biz /
a google search got 70 000 hits. for gate openers.
You will need to be pretty handy and have more than the basic tools to
change your gate over to a slider.
You may not like the way they look when installed.
There are many homeowners that have gate operators for residential use
but w/ this type of operator you get what you pay for. There were
residential gate operators that use to be on the market for less money
then what you quoted but they were built cheap & broke constantly.
Some people may spend $1000.00 & some will spend $5000.00+ depending
on what options you require.
Gate openers take a little more thought & planning then a garage door
opener. For instance if this is your only driveway, how will any
visitors like meter readers or friends get through the gate. You can
have a keypad on the outside for this, but then how do they get out
when they leave. If the gate opener is going to automatically close
from a timer then there needs to be protection devices to keep the
gate from closing into the side of the vehicle if they stop in the
gate path. Also many times the required options would depend on how
far the house is from the gate.
I could write a book on all of your choices and have installed &
serviced hundreds of these units but if $1400.00 is definitely out of
your budget then your best choice is to keep opening the gate
manually. You might as well flush your money down the big white
commode then to buy inferior units for less money.
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