Gate & Gate Operator Issues In Cold Weather/Snow

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Old Man Winter has finally arrived so it’s a good time for us to remind you of maintenance and troubleshooting for gates and gate operators to save you a service call.

SWING GATES
Be sure to shovel any snow clear to the ground for the travel path of the gate and a few feet beyond.  This will make opening and closing the gate much easier.  Forcing the gate thru the snow puts additional stress on the gate frame as well as the hinges.

SLIDE GATES
Same as above.  Make sure to shovel a path behind the gate to the ground or below the snow line for the entire opening of the gate.  Make sure the rollers have not frozen up and are freely moving.

GATE OPERATORS
When snow has not been cleared and the operator is forced to open the gate through the snow the operator may sense an obstruction and shut down.  Make sure to shovel and clear the snow.  Also brush any snow off gate operators, the gates themselves (to reduce weight and/or wind load from frozen snow) and any photo eyes and gate rollers.

This guy actually uses a blower to clear this gate rollers and path of travel under the gate to keep things clear.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCfLpqpQWvM

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SUB ZERO TEMPERATURES
In extremely cold weather when the temperatures are close to zero and windchills are well below – gate operators will have issues.  Even with heater kits there are a few days occasionally in our Wisconsin winters where it’s just too cold to be effective.  If your operator shuts down or is not functional it just may need to be warmed up.  At Munson we’ve had the situation where the sun shines on the black operator box in these temperatures keeping it warm, but once the sun sets the operator cools and has issues.  Most common issues with cold weather and gate operators are:

  • Slower to open
  • Consistently only opens after multiple attempts
  • Movement is choppy or sporadic
  • Squeaking or other new sounds
  • Stays open, won’t close

The last item is the most common of our services calls (besides not shoveling a path for snow).  The long term solution is the operator just needs to warm up.  Unfortunately this does not work when a facility needs to be secure so the temporary solution is to power off the operator and manually close it.  Then chain and lock if required.  One other cold weather troubleshooting item for slide gates is to check that the rollers are not frozen, nor the operator chain to the gears if an operator is involved.

FINALLY DON’T FORGET TO TURN OFF POWER TO GATE OPERATORS 
WHEN WORKING ON CLEARING SNOW IN OR AROUND THE GATES!

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Munson, Inc.
6747 N. Sidney Place • Glendale, Wisconsin  53209
Phone: 800.236.0340 • Email: rob@munsoninc.com

 

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Most damage to pavements is caused by freeze-thaw cycles

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A freeze-thaw cycle is when the temperature fluctuates from above freezing (32F), to below freezing, and then back to above freezing.  When temperatures are above freezing, rainwater or snow melt will make its way into any small crack in the pavement. Then, as temperatures drop below freezing, the water within the cracked pavement begins to freeze and expand, causing the crack to expand and grow as well.  Warmer weather re-melts the ice, allowing the water to move deeper into the newly expanded crack, only to freeze and expand again during the next cycle.  Water underneath the pavement is meant to drain away, but during winter it freezes in the base and subgrade materials. Water freezing below the pavement can sometimes cause frost heave to occur.  Frost heave occurs when water is allowed to freeze and expand in large chunks The material above these chunks is heaved upward deforming the pavement.  When warmer weather comes, the ice begins to melt, weaking the base layer and leaving voids where the chunks were formed.  Eventually, potholes will then quickly appear.

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Driveway Maintenance In The Winter

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How do you maintain your driveway so it lasts longest and isn’t damaged during the winter?

Although we have not gotten much snow yet this year, we all know that snow and ice is inevitable.  Whether you shovel or use a snow blower is up to you, as both have pros and cons. However, after the snow is removed from your walkways and driveways, be sure to analyze the pavement to determine if further deicing is necessary.  Avoid using rock salt (sodium chloride) to deice and instead opt for calcium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium magnesium acetate or natural deicers. Conventional rock salt has been linked to the premature corrosion of pavement.  The alternatives on this list work in lower temperatures and are less harmful to the pavement.  Applying sand to your driveway can enhance traction in your driveway and walkways and is also a safer alternative to rock salt.

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Trust comes from having a good reputation, what people say about us.

Munson has been providing quality workmanship to its Paving and Fencing customers for over 60 years.  What are people saying about us?

Munson Inc, Milwaukee Asphalt, Sealcoating, Milwaukee

I worked on three concrete projects and two fence project with Munson and I am an extremely satisfied customer.


Munson is a great company! I worked on three concrete projects and two fence project with Munson and I am an extremely satisfied customer. The first project was removing and replacing our narrow sidewalks with wider sidewalks. The second project was replacing a section of our concrete floor that had sunk and the third was sinking our pallet wrapper into the ground and building a concrete frame to support it. The fencing projects one was exterior and one interior for a tool crib. I would highly recommend Munson for large and small projects.

Munson Inc, Fencing and Paving
5.0
2017-02-20T18:13:39+00:00
I worked on three concrete projects and two fence project with Munson and I am an extremely satisfied customer.

Very professional and great service and work!!

Very professional and great service and work!! Would highly recommend them.

Jill Adamski

Munson Inc, Fencing and Paving
2017-02-20T18:22:54+00:00

Jill Adamski

Very professional and great service and work!! Would highly recommend them.
Munson Inc, Milwaukee Asphalt, Sealcoating, Milwaukee

People are so happy to have a decent, safe space for parking.

Munson, Inc. paved a very bad church parking lot here at St. Francis Church in Milwaukee. And the product is wonderful. People are so happy to have a decent, safe space for parking. And the slope of the lot made for an excellent handicap-accessible entrance into the church. Even neighbors were high in their praise for the betterment in appearance for the area neighborhood!

Michael Bertram

Munson Inc, Fencing and Paving
2017-02-20T18:25:24+00:00

Michael Bertram

Munson Inc, Milwaukee Asphalt, Sealcoating, Milwaukee
Munson, Inc. paved a very bad church parking lot here at St. Francis Church in Milwaukee. And the product is wonderful. People are so happy to have a decent, safe space for parking. And the slope of the lot made for an excellent handicap-accessible entrance into the church. Even neighbors were high in their praise for the betterment in appearance for the area neighborhood!

Parking lot paving was done on time and on budget!



Parking lot paving was done on time and on budget! They worked cleanly and left no trace. We were very pleased with the work and would strongly recommend!
Dan Sidner-Owner
Black Shoe Hospitality-Maxie's Southern Comfort, Blue's Egg & Story Hill Restaurants



Munson Inc, Fencing and Paving
5.0
2017-02-20T18:26:22+00:00
Parking lot paving was done on time and on budget! They worked cleanly and left no trace. We were very pleased with the work and would strongly recommend! Dan Sidner-Owner Black Shoe Hospitality-Maxie's Southern Comfort, Blue's Egg & Story Hill Restaurants

Helpful, friendly on budget, on time and a great job.

Helpful, friendly on budget, on time and a great job. all the things you would expect to be done, but these guys do it really well and even helped keep us on schedule. They really care about their customer and go above and beyond what needs to be do. I wouldn't even think about using anyone else. Thanks Munson
Munson Inc, Fencing and Paving
2017-02-20T18:27:16+00:00
Helpful, friendly on budget, on time and a great job. all the things you would expect to be done, but these guys do it really well and even helped keep us on schedule. They really care about their customer and go above and beyond what needs to be do. I wouldn't even think about using anyone else. Thanks Munson
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When it comes to fencing, they had the quality and professionalism I desired

These guys have been around as long as I remember. When it comes to fencing, they had the quality and professionalism I desired and I'm so glad I went with Munson. I will repeat my business with them hands down. Thanks so much!
Munson Inc, Fencing and Paving
5.0
2017-02-20T18:28:41+00:00
These guys have been around as long as I remember. When it comes to fencing, they had the quality and professionalism I desired and I'm so glad I went with Munson. I will repeat my business with them hands down. Thanks so much!

Munson is one of the most professional, friendly, customer oriented companies I know of!

Munson is one of the most professional, friendly, customer oriented companies I know of! They are family owned/operated and all jobs are done with pride, care, and excellence!. I refer Munson to everyone who has a need for their services without reservation! Do it ONCE, do it RIGHT! You won't regret it!
Munson Inc, Fencing and Paving
5.0
2017-02-20T18:29:34+00:00
Munson is one of the most professional, friendly, customer oriented companies I know of! They are family owned/operated and all jobs are done with pride, care, and excellence!. I refer Munson to everyone who has a need for their services without reservation! Do it ONCE, do it RIGHT! You won't regret it!

I would recommend Munson over and over again!!

The guys at Munson have always been very helpful and professional! I would recommend Munson over and over again!! THANKS GUYS FOR YOUR A+ SERVICE AND QUALITY!!
Munson Inc, Fencing and Paving
2017-02-20T18:30:26+00:00
The guys at Munson have always been very helpful and professional! I would recommend Munson over and over again!! THANKS GUYS FOR YOUR A+ SERVICE AND QUALITY!!
Munson Inc, Milwaukee Asphalt, Sealcoating, Milwaukee

The concrete and asphalt teams were hardworking and did a great job. I definitely recommend Munson!

Just had my asphalt driveway and concrete walkway completely taken out and replaced by Munson. Very happy! Eric responded to my MANY emails and was very personable. The concrete and asphalt teams were hardworking and did a great job. I definitely recommend Munson!
Munson Inc, Fencing and Paving
5.0
2017-02-20T18:44:23+00:00
Just had my asphalt driveway and concrete walkway completely taken out and replaced by Munson. Very happy! Eric responded to my MANY emails and was very personable. The concrete and asphalt teams were hardworking and did a great job. I definitely recommend Munson!

Munson has come up with creative and cost effective solutions that met our needs.

To whom it may concern:

I am pleased to offer a letter of recommendation for Munson's concrete crew.  They have completed many projects at our Milwaukee facilities over the past four years.  Safety and security at our facility is of the utmost importance considering the business that we are in.  Regardless of the size of the project, their commitment to a safe and successful project has been quite evident through their excellent communication bot with the customer, the City of Milwaukee, and the other contractors involved in the projects.

The projects that Munson has completed for Hydrite have varied from as simple as striping our parking lots to  as large and complex as a security fencing upgrade.  The security upgrade included doubling the size of our main approach from the street so two semi trucks could access our drive at the same time along with the installation of three access controlled gates with exit sensors.  All of this work was accomplished with no interruption to our normal operations.

In addition to the more standard projects, as listed above, I have even had projects that were not sure how to accomplish what was desired and Munson has come up with creative and cost effective solutions that met our needs.

Kevin O'Rourke

Engineering Manager

Hydrite Chemical Co.

Munson Inc, Fencing and Paving
5.0
2017-02-23T01:55:55+00:00

Kevin O'Rourke

Engineering Manager

Hydrite Chemical Co.

Regardless of the size of the project, their commitment to a safe and successful project has been quite evident through their excellent communication bot with the customer, the City of Milwaukee, and the other contractors involved in the projects.

We will certainly contact Munson when we have future asphalt work.

Brian:

You guys did a great job. Both the owner of the property and our leasing agents have commented on how nice the lot and building look since you seal-coated and striped the lot. We will certainly contact Munson when we have future asphalt work. Please extend our thanks to the crew for their hard work.

Nancy A. Benton

Senior Property Manager

Munson Inc, Fencing and Paving
5.0
2017-02-23T01:59:32+00:00

Nancy A. Benton

Senior Property Manager

Brian: You guys did a great job. Both the owner of the property and our leasing agents have commented on how nice the lot and building look since you seal-coated and striped the lot. We will certainly contact Munson when we have future asphalt work. Please extend our thanks to the crew for their hard work.

It is always a pleasure to work with the people at Munson

It is always a pleasure to work with the people at Munson. The entire process from sales, quotes, to scheduling and finally the actual crews themselves exemplifies what total quality really means. They are the faces of the organization and represent Munson very well. Every project I have done over the years with Munson has always been a pleasing experience. Always a “can do” attitude with prompt professional results. It is always a pleasure to recommend Munson’s services to our clients

Brian Zimmerman,

ASLA Senior Landscape Architect Registered Landscape Architect

Munson Inc, Fencing and Paving
5.0
2017-02-23T02:03:12+00:00

Brian Zimmerman,

ASLA Senior Landscape Architect Registered Landscape Architect

It is always a pleasure to work with the people at Munson. The entire process from sales, quotes, to scheduling and finally the actual crews themselves exemplifies what total quality really means. They are the faces of the organization and represent Munson very well. Every project I have done over the years with Munson has always been a pleasing experience. Always a “can do” attitude with prompt professional results. It is always a pleasure to recommend Munson’s services to our clients

I found Munson to be extremely responsive and cooperative in working with our busy production schedules

To whom it may concern:

I am pleased to offer a letter of recommendation for Rob Fetherston of Munson Inc. for the concrete, asphalt, and security fence work that they have completed for over 30 years for RockTenn at 1900 West Cornell St, Milwaukee, WI.

In the past three years while I was Plant Manager, I found Munson to be extremely responsive and cooperative in working with our busy production schedules to complete the job with the least amount of disruption to our operations.

Projects ranged in size from very small, such as adding a new gate to our parking lot, to very large, such as leveling and resurfacing our employee parking lot. Jobs were performed efficiently, on schedule, and safely.

Larry Kruger

Munson Inc, Fencing and Paving
2017-02-23T02:06:02+00:00

Larry Kruger

To whom it may concern: I am pleased to offer a letter of recommendation for Rob Fetherston of Munson Inc. for the concrete, asphalt, and security fence work that they have completed for over 30 years for RockTenn at 1900 West Cornell St, Milwaukee, WI. In the past three years while I was Plant Manager, I found Munson to be extremely responsive and cooperative in working with our busy production schedules to complete the job with the least amount of disruption to our operations. Projects ranged in size from very small, such as adding a new gate to our parking lot, to very large, such as leveling and resurfacing our employee parking lot. Jobs were performed efficiently, on schedule, and safely.
Fences, fencing, Milwaukee Fence, Commercial Fence, Waukesha Fence, Fencing Contractors, Security Fence

When it comes to fencing, they had the quality and professionalism I desired

These guys have been around as long as I remember. When it comes to fencing, they had the quality and professionalism I desired and I'm so glad I went with Munson. I will repeat my business with them hands down. Thanks so much

Amy Nemson

Munson Inc, Fencing and Paving
5.0
2017-12-26T16:34:58+00:00

Amy Nemson

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These guys have been around as long as I remember. When it comes to fencing, they had the quality and professionalism I desired and I'm so glad I went with Munson. I will repeat my business with them hands down. Thanks so much
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