Installing an Electric Fence Gate Motor

What You'll Need
Electric gate motor kit
Plastic plug cover

If you have a chain link fence you can install an electric fence gate motor in just a day. You will need to obtain an electric gate motor kit. These kits are readily available and come in a wide variety of models. The exact installation will depend on the type of motor you have selected. Therefore, it is imperative that you read the manufacturer’s instructions. There you will find the exact specifications for the motor that you have purchased. 

Step 1—Mount the Operator

You will need to mount the operator. The operator is the unit that actually opens and closes the gate. The motor will need to be mounted at the base of the gate. In the kit, you should find clamps that will secure the operator in place. Once the operator is in place you can proceed to the next step.

Step 2—Set the Open and Close Points

On the operator you will set the limits of the gate. Typically, you will close the gate and push a button to the set the first limit. You will then open the gate and push a button to the set the second limit. Your specific model may require a different procedure; therefore, you should check the manufacturer’s instructions to be sure.

Step 3—Connect the Wires

Most models of gate motors are going to require you to do a little bit of wiring. You may actually have to connect some wires to a terminal. The terminal will have a housing that is easily opened. You will need to place the wires in specific location depending on the way that the gate will open. If your gate is going to open towards the vehicle, you will wire the terminal one way. If the gate is going to open away from the vehicle, you will wire the terminal another way.

Step 4—Plug in the Transformer

Next, you will need to plug in your transformer. Most of these transformers can be kept up to 200 feet from the operator. The transformer is not weather-proof. Therefore, you will need to protect it with a plastic plug cover. 

Once the transformer is placed you will need to run the included wire just under the soil and connect to the operator. In order to do this you will want to scalp the soil and run the wire just underneath. You can then place the soil back on top of the wire and no one will know that the wire is running below.

Step 5—Program the Remote

Following the manufacturer’s instructions, you will need to program the included remote so that the gate will open and close at your command. 

That’s it. With a little technical know-how you can install an electric fence gate motor and never have to get out of your car to open your gate again. Make sure that you refer to the manufacturer’s instructions so that you your installation will be perfect.