We received a message from the caretaker of a complex – an existing client of ours – for gate repairs Ferndale in West Avenue:
“Someone bumped our complex gate last night and derailed it. Can you please send someone to put it back on track?”
We quickly logged the gate service request. Then we sent two of our teams out to the site to assess the situation. Why two teams? This was because we know this complex and the gate is very large and very heavy. If the work involved lifting the gate and putting it back on the rails, it would need more than two men to do this.
We found that, not only had the gate been pushed off the gate track
, but it was also bent due to the impact of the vehicle driving into it. We needed to bend the gate to return it to a straight position in order for us to get it working smoothly again. Our gate bending is done on site
with a mechanism that we have developed for the task.
It is not always possible to bend a gate. If the damage is too large, it may be necessary to actually replace the gate. If the gate has diagonal bars, it is not possible to bend it properly back into shape. Fortunately, in this case we could go ahead with the gate bending.
Gate Repairs Ferndale – Work Done
Our gate repair work
involved three main tasks.
- Firstly, because the gate was bent, it would not move properly on the track. So, we needed to bend it back into a straight position.
- Secondly, we had to lift the gate up and back onto the track
- Finally, during the accident, the gate motor rack (also known as the “long gear”) had been broken because of the accident; so we needed to weld it back onto the gate.
The important point to remember is that the gate needs to be properly aligned and straight in order for it to move smoothly. Furthermore, in order for the gate motor to run easily, the gate needs to be in good working order. If the gate is getting stuck, this will damage the motor. Then you will end up with an even bigger problem!
Within a short time we had a complex that was secure again; and another addition to our list of gate repairs Ferndale.
Certain areas in Johannesburg are very prone to break-ins at the entrance gate. Even if you have all the anti-lift brackets and other basic security measures in place
, you still find that you can have regular break-in attempts at your gate. There is, however, a gate security upgrade that you can make in order to increase your protection.
One of our clients in Robin Hills, Randburg, tells the following story:
He has two daughters. Granny took the eldest daughter to ballet. The younger daughter, who is 10-year’s old, stayed at home with a nanny. This literally took only 10 minutes. Three robbers broke through the driveway gate and made their way towards the house. At that time, his daughter went to the kitchen to fetch a drink from the fridge. As she came into the kitchen, she saw the three perpetrators. She was incredibly lucky that their backs where turned toward her and they did not see her. She quickly slipped to the side and hid in the nanny’s room. In the meantime, the burglars stole a significant amount of electronic equipment such as televisions, computers etc.
This particular client was very frustrated. He has had break-in attempts every 4 to 6 weeks. His frustration is enough that he wants to put his house on the market and is planning to move to another area. We suggest that he add an alarm system to his gate to warn him if there is any tampering at the gate.
The Gate Security Upgrade Solution
It is not always convenient to have your usual house alarm on, especially if you are at home. Most alarm configurations are not configured in such a way that there are always active zones and extra security measures at your gate.
We suggested adding infrared beams at his gate and connecting them to his alarm. The beams are basically connected to his alarm as a panic. So, if someone stands at the gate, or tries to break open the gate, the security company sees it as a panic button that was pressed.
The whole system is connected wirelessly to his alarm radio. A transmitter at the gate motor that is connected to the beams will activate the alarm when someone breaks the beams or stand in the way of the beams. After all someone should not be standing right next to your gate for any reason. They can stand at the intercom mounted on a goose-neck pole some distance away from the gate.
When the gate motor is activated by his remotes it disables the alarm while he drives in and out of his property. The beams also prevent the gate from closing onto his vehicle. We also activated the fast close functionality to make sure that his gate close immediately when he has passed the beams.
Not long after this gate security upgrade, there was yet another break-in attempt; only, this time the security company was alerted immediately and action could be taken.