Ultimate Handyman?

“ULTIMATE HANDYMAN, I fix it all, electrical, electric gates, appliances, plumbing, painting”

The above is an example of an advertisement featured on a popular online Classified Marketplace. Gate Safe’s response is, can or rather should, a general handyman ‘fix’ an electric gate? Should you trust a Jack of all trades, or seek out a specialist?

The question posed is no different to asking if a general odd jobs person should be asked to undertake a repair or service on a car. The answer is NO!

Most of us would not dream of going anywhere else other than to a reputable garage which has fully trained staff to have our car serviced. Why? Well we all know that cars without the right maintenance can be very dangerous. We know that cars have to meet specific legal / safety criteria to be considered road-worthy. We are also aware that there is an accepted list of requirements that trained mechanics are looking out for when servicing a motor vehicle. We know the price for failing to have a safe and compliant car can be very high, both in financial terms as well as the far graver moral implications if a fatal / serious accident occurs.

Applying this same line of thought, how many responsible drivers would feel confident building their own fully motorized car and taking it on the road, without having it checked by a suitably trained mechanic? Would you really want to be driving at high speed in a vehicle that had been put together by an amateur?

Explain then, why the same rationale is not extended to electric gates … or to the use of electric gate kits, which are capable of transforming a basic manual gate into an automated machine?

No installer, nor ‘accidental installer’ for that matter, will intentionally install a gate that falls foul of the current accepted best practice for a safe installation. But unless the installer can demonstrate that he has undergone the requisite training to understand exactly WHAT is required to deliver a legal, compliant and safe installation, how can you be sure that the gate does not fall into the same category of over two thirds of the automated gates in this country which could be deemed to be potentially dangerous? There is only one way to ensure a safe gate:

  • It must be supplied and installed in accordance with the EU Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
  • It must be CE marked to indicate compliance with the standard
  • It should be installed by a suitably trained engineer having completed either the Gate Safe or DHF training