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HOW TO Install an Automatic Sliding Gate ? - Skyline Gate Automation

Updated: Feb 29

Gated property is always considered to be more safe and secure. It prevents an unauthorised access to your property, creates privacy to your front yard where you can sit and have your morning & afternoon tea and your kids can play safely there, keeps your pets from running away and it also enhances the aesthetic value of your house.

1. Planning & Selection of Gate:

Every property and every driveway is different so please make sure that you got adequate space for the the opening of a sliding gate. If you want to automate your sliding gate then it has to be 400 - 500 mm wider than the opening width to allow the gate motor's installation. We recommend Italian V2 Gate Motors. If you don't have enough space for a sliding gate then consider using a swing gate or a telescopic gate.


2. Preparation:

Driveway Surface: Its very crucial for a sliding gate to have straight and consistent surface for both closing and opening. It shouldn't be bumpy. It is not supposed to be dead flat as well, it can have slope but this slope has to be consistent across the length of sliding gate track.

Posts: If you don't have existing posts or require an additional guide post then please make sure that they are buried deep in to the ground at least 1/3 of the total post length , deeper is better than wider.


3. Sliding Gate Track:

Take out all the lengths of sliding gate track, lay them flat on the driveway surface before securing them down to the surface. You can use the straight line to make sure that they are kept straight in full length. If there are any inconsistencies in the concrete surface then use the packers under the gate track to have consistent surface. To secure the gate track, drill holes in to the concrete with 6.5 mm diameter of drill bit, pop in 6 mm diameter anchor nails in to the pre-drilled holes of gate track and newly made holes in concrete surface and hammer down them to secure the gate track to the ground. Start with few anchor nails in each track length initially to fix in the required position and test the sliding gates rolling before doing all nails.


4. Sliding Gate Wheels:

Lay down the sliding gate flat on the ground on something that can prevent it from being scratched. Measure the required location for two gate wheels to be installed at the bottom of sliding gate. Usually they are installed 15 - 20 % in from the each end of your gate. Wheels can be either screwed in or welded to the gate bottom. For a lower profile, internal/ recessed gate wheels can be used that keep the gate closer to the ground. External gate wheels are used when you need more ground clearance.


5. Gate Guide:

Guide rollers with bracket: Used for the see-through/ non -cladded gates where the sliding gate has got the smooth surface on both sides of the gate top or if the sliding gate has got the angle-channel welded to the top-inside of the gate then guide rollers can be installed upside down to fit in to the angle-channel. Guide rollers can be used for the cladded gates as well if a horizontal capping is installed on gate top to cover up the pickets spacing or colorbond sheet's corrugated structure, this way guide rollers won't clunk when sliding gate travels.

Guide block with "C" channel: Used for the cladded gates (made of pickets/ colorbond sheet etc.) where usually an angle-channel (50 x 50 mm) is welded through out the gate width on the top-inside of the gate.

Please note:

1. If an angle-channel is being used then an additional guide post has to be installed at the back of the gate to mount the guide block system or guide rollers system and the sliding gate motor will be installed next to this guide post.

2. If no angle-channel is being used then guide rollers with "L" bracket can be installed on the existing fence post or the brick column but if the guide rollers with the side mount brackets are used then also you will need one additional post adjacent to the fence post and at the back of the gate so one set of guide roller & bracket will be installed on the fence post and other set of guide roller & bracket will be installed on the additional guide post.


6. Sliding Gate Catcher and Stopper:

The Gate catcher guides the gate to the closed position and prevents the gate from being moved off the gate track. It is installed on the receiving post to receive the sliding gate when closed.

Gate stopper is installed at the opposite end when gate is fully opened. The sliding gate stopper is installed on the ground or on a fence stop to avoid the gate running off the gate track or gate guides.

The sliding gate can now freely roll back and forth along the gate track, stays straight from the gate guides and have a set open and closed positions with the gate catcher and gate stopper.


7. Automate your sliding gate:

If you decide to automate your sliding gate that skyline gate automation highly recommends then there are few additional steps.

Mains powered gate automation requires 240V AC power-point right at the gate to plugin the gate motor's power cord. If you don't have 240V AC power-point at the gate but it's available within 80 m of distance from the gate then LV powered gate automation can be used where one external step-down transformer with low voltage garden cable is used to power up the sliding gate motor. This 24V low voltage cable can be run from the external transformer plugged in to power-point at far away to the gate motor at the sliding gate over the ground through PVC conduits. If you don't have any power-point neither at the gate nor far back with in 80 m of distance nor 600 mm deep digging to lay down the 240V AC power cable is possible then go for the Solar powered gate automation.

The sliding gate motor has to be installed on the levelled concrete surface next to the guide post and attached to the 400 - 500 mm of sliding gate overhang using the gear racks.

The gear racks need to be installed to the gate and at a height where they can sit on the gate motor's cog/ gear wheel. Screw in the rack at each end and then continue with the subsequent lengths. Ensure that the gear racks are rolling smoothly over the gate motor, adjust their height as needed and then screw in all the tabs of gear racks.

You may need to cut the last length of gear rack to fit your gate width.

The next step is to power-up the sliding gate motor and adjust the parameters on the control board to suit your sliding gate and access control devices such as 4G GSM Receiver, WiFi Smart Switch, Wireless Keypad, Wired Keypad with EM Tags & Tuya App Control, Gate Timers, Retro Reflective Safety Sensor, Vehicle Loop Detector, Long Distance Remote etc.


8. Final Step: Take out your remote and operate your automatic sliding gate..

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