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Trouble Signs to Watch for Before You Select a Seattle Area Automated Gate and Access Control Company

There Are Many Ways to Install Driveway Gate Systems, Not all Are Safe

Every driveway gate and access control system installation is unique. We have fixed countless installations in and around the greater Seattle area, a few are listed below. The original installations created hazardous situations in addition to being a waste of the customer's money. Ensure your installation is done correctly by selecting a trained and experienced gate and access control company. You can avoid hazardous situations and save money.

Pedestrians Beware

Keen attention to detail and proper planning are crucial when designing and installing an automated gate system. The first photo shows a complete lack of consideration for pedestrians who would clearly be endangered by the mechanism and it's exposed pin points. The arm of the gate doesn't just get in the way, creating a nuisance for passersby, but completely blocks the sidewalk when fully opened. Particular care is needed when taking into account those on foot, especially young children. When something so obviously flawed and dangerous was overlooked it makes one wonder which less apparent details of the project may have been miscalculated.

"Shocking" Example of Exposed Wiring

Wires running along the ground near the gate should never be visible – it is aesthetically unappealing and a major hazard that could cause anything from improper gate function to electrocution. Wires must be buried in dirt or, in some cases, in concrete. Power lines above ground pose an obvious danger.

Though some wires are incased in conduit (photo 2), the installer opted to use landscaper's piping which is unfit to house live electric wiring.

The electrical box (photo 3) was left without a protective face cover. This is particularly hazardous considering Washington's wet and unpredictable weather. Rain is an obvious threat. In addition, the wires are vulnerable to "critters" that inhabit the property. Slugs, in particular, are notorious in the gate industry for destroying control boards and other gate components.

"Rat's Nest"

This is a classic example of a "rat's nest." Wires are tangled together, some components are unplugged, some have fallen out of place, and nothing is clearly labeled. It displays a complete lack of organization. A control box in this condition creates many difficulties when servicing the gate. Even worse, it can be a dangerous situation when not handled by a professional with a skilled eye. A service technician with limited experience would find it virtually impossible to repair this control box.

Know what to look for so you can select a Seattle-based company that installs gate and access control systems correctly and delivers the security and peace-of-mind that you desire.

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