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MettShow69
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The Woodlands, TX
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Can you manually open an electric gate when power goes out?
Power just went out here in Houston and I live in one of those gated townhome lots. Want to get the hell out and stay elsewhere but my car is stuck because the gate is obviously not going to open. Can someone give me pointers?


holmesbr
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re: Can you manually open an electric gate when power goes out?
Unhook the cotter pin that connects the arm to the gate.
Edit: if it's a swing arm style.
This post was edited on 2/16 at 10:54 pm


Soup Sammich
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re: Can you manually open an electric gate when power goes out?
I’ve seen one guy run over one before. So yeah, you don’t have to die there if you don’t want to.


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MettShow69
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re: Can you manually open an electric gate when power goes out?
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Unhook the cotter pin that connects the arm to the gate.
Edit: if it's a swing arm style.


It is a sliding gate, sorry should have said that.


Jim Rockford
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re: Can you manually open an electric gate when power goes out?
The walls we build to keep out others can become our own prisons.


NimbleCat
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re: Can you manually open an electric gate when power goes out?
Are you personal friends with the Rock? He can open it for you.


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Paul Allen
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Eli Goldfinger
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re: Can you manually open an electric gate when power goes out?
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is a sliding gate


It can be opened manually. Usually with a hand crank.
It should have a battery backup.


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Tigahs24Seven
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re: Can you manually open an electric gate when power goes out?
The gate should open on power failure. Must be broken. Run over it.


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mikelbr
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re: Can you manually open an electric gate when power goes out?
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Power just went out here in Houston and I live in one of those gated townhome lots. Want to get the hell out and stay elsewhere but my car is stuck because the gate is obviously not going to open. Can someone give me pointers?


Normally the property management would have someone come open it immediately after power outage.
And 100% able to be opened manually as fail-safe.
But I wouldn't want to meddle with their shite in case you break some shite. I'd Look for emergency manual release instructions on the motor housing or nearby. Then get a neighbor to do it and take the fall if it breaks.

This post was edited on 2/16 at 11:06 pm


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ipodking
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TigerstuckinMS
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re: Can you manually open an electric gate when power goes out?
If it's chain operated, just find out how to detach the chain from the gate. Once it's detached, the gate is no longer connected to the braking mechanism in the motor cabinet and you should be able to push it open.

I am not responsible for you destroying your apartment complex's gate.

Also, don't those things typically fail open for the exact reason you said: not turning tenants into prisoners?


SuperSaint
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re: Can you manually open an electric gate when power goes out?
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in Houston and I live in one of those gated townhome lots.
prayers sent


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TxWadingFool
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re: Can you manually open an electric gate when power goes out?
If it's like mine you can push it open, it won't be easy so it might take two people but it will open. The chain rolls between rubber wheels on the motor, the wheels won't turn so your forcing the chain across the wheels.


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Simplemaaan
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re: Can you manually open an electric gate when power goes out?
Should be on 12 volt battery power


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777Tiger
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re: Can you manually open an electric gate when power goes out?
bro, do you even The Rock?


Nado Jenkins83
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greygoose
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re: Can you manually open an electric gate when power goes out?
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nhook the cotter pin that connects the arm to the gate.
Edit: if it's a swing arm style.
This


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gumbeaux
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re: Can you manually open an electric gate when power goes out?
Our gate automatically opens when the power goes out. All gates should do this for safety reasons. But yes....it can be manually opened. You need a key to the opener box to do it.


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