Driveway gate posts additional tips

This is a continuation of our standard manual:

Bracing of the driveway gate posts:

If using standard concrete, use wood to brace the driveway gate posts from becoming out of plumb. One end of a long piece of wood will be clamped to the driveway gate post. The other end will be screwed to a piece of wood that you drive vertically into the ground using a hammer.
It is easiest to first drive a small piece of wood into the ground. Then attach the long piece of wood using a screw. Then tilt the long piece of wood toward the driveway gate post, move the post to ensure it is plumb and clamp it.
Repeat this again facing the perpendicular direction preventing the driveway gate post from leaning forward or back with one brace and left or right with the other brace.
Pouring concrete:
Pour a footer around the pipe in the base of the hole. This means your hole should be deeper than the posts will go down. So if you are planning on have 2 feet of your 8 foot tall driveway gate post in the ground, your hole will be 3 feet deep and you would fill the first 1 foot up with concrete as a footer.
If you are using standard concrete then after your footer is dry, fill the hole the rest of the way with wet concrete to the surface. Then while the concrete is still very wet and soupy side the driveway gate post over the galvanized pipe – trapping concrete inside the driveway gate post where the pipe is. Then plumb your post and check your measurements.
Quick setting concrete:
You can use quick setting concrete but there will be two differences:
1. After your foundation of concrete is set you will position the driveway gate post over the galvanized pipe. Have someone hold it while you check plumpness and measurements. Then fill the hole around the outside of the driveway gate post with the quick setting concrete. This set in a few minutes so be sure to have help holding the driveway gate post and keeping an eye on the plumb of the driveway gate post.
2. Concrete will still go inside the post as well but you cannot trap it inside while the concrete is wet because it sets too quickly. You will have to do step one and let everything set. Then, while the post cap is off the top of the driveway gate post, dump wet concrete into the driveway gate post to fill in around the pipe that is inside of it.
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New Gate Opener, Old Accessories – How do I figure this out?

As the leading gate opener authority we quite often get customers coming to us that have gate openers that have died over the years and they want our advice on putting in a reliable gate opener. However many times the peripheral devices, the gate opener entry / exit/ safety accessories, still work form their prior system and they would like to know how to utilize these to save money. We are always more than happy to oblige with assistance; but in general it will take a little hands on discovering on the home owners part.

First is the accessory you are trying to use wired or wireless? We ask this first because wireless is a rather simple solution that we will knock out right here first. Wireless devices communicate on a radio frequency. Probably it will not match the frequency of the new system as they change by manufacturer and year. However a purchase of a matching receiver to the frequency your wireless accessory (remote or keypad usually) can be wired to any gate opener to receive the signal from the existing device. if you have both a remote and a wireless keypad most likely they transmit on the same frequency so you can use the remote to find the correct receiver. If you visit our website in the transmitter category:; find your existing transmitter. Then look on the left side of the screen where it shows related items. The matching receiver should be there and if you purchase that receiver for your new gate opener then your old wireless devices will be able to work.

For wired devices do not un-wire them from your old system until you have identified and marked the wires as to what they are. Typically there will be 2 or 4 wires being used.

2 wires are typically found on simple devices like push buttons or toggle switches. These do not take any detective work, just identify the two wires and look in the manual for the new gate opener where a push button is wired to and wire them in there.

4 wires typically mean power and a relay. the power is for providing power to the accessory, identify these first as the wires going to a power source on your previous device and mark them. That leaves you with 2 wires left for activating the gate. Many times 2 wires will be in service however 3 are available. This is because most devices have a relay that has a Normally Open and Normally Closed lead that pair with a common. Please watch this video for identifying these wires:

Once you learn the NO or the NC and the COM you can wire this device to any gate opener. If it is an entry device you will almost always use the NO and COM. If it is a safety device some gate openers use the NO and other the NC. The manual should specify.

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