Gate Maintenance

Gate and System Maintenance

These guidelines are meant to be general in nature and specific needs will vary based on your environment.

Getting Started:

  • Adjust the gate hinges to make sure the gate swings level, plumb and freely throughout the full opening and closing range of motion. Level is horizontal and plumb vertical. Plumb refers to something being straight up and down. The gate post(s) needs to be plumb and hinges need to be aligned vertically. When a gate/post is not plumb it may surge/hesitate in a particular direction of its travel and possibly not function.
  • Clean your gate with a mild cleaner, a rag, a soft brush, and a water hose to remove dirt and dust.
  • Do any rust removal and touch up painting, that you might deem necessary.

The Gate:

Keeping your gates swinging easily and freely is very important so that your gate opener system continues to work correctly. If your ball-bearing/bearing type gate hinges are binding, out of grease, or have become difficult to move, your gate opener system may treat this as an obstruction. If it seems to be associated in some way with the temperature the problem can likely be resolved by lubricating your gate hinges. If the hinges are worn or damaged replace them.

We suggest removing the pin from the front of the operator and working the grease into the gate hinges as much as possible. Use a grease suited for the temperature range in your location. Lithium-based grease tends to work well in many applications. Don’t forget to put the front clevis pin back into the front of the operator when you have finished greasing the hinges.


Lubricate The Operator Arm

Using a silicone spray, you can maintain/clean the silver aluminum push-pull tube (with the operator arm extended and the system turned off) , spray a clean cloth with the silicone and wipe the extended push-pull of the operator arm. Cleaning this part of the arm helps remove any dirt and debris that has accumulated over time and can help reduce premature wear and noise on the internal parts of the operator arm.

Check The System Batteries

As a battery ages its ability to work becomes reduced. A good rule of thumb would be to inspect the battery(s) each fall.

  • Clean any corrosion from the battery terminals and connectors. A wire brush the size of a toothbrush is a handy tool for this job. Brush it lightly until any corrosion is removed. Most automotive part stores also have some type of anti-corrosion product that can be added to your system for additional protection.
  • Check all battery and battery harness connections to ensure none of the connections are loose.
  • The batteries can be loaded tested as well
    • Disconnect the charging source. (solar panel or transformer connections)
    • Measure battery voltage.
      • a. If you have two batteries, check them individually.
      • b. If the voltage(s) is above 12 Vdc, proceed with the load test.
      • c. If the voltage(s) is below 12 Vdc, charge the batteries externally before proceeding. At no greater than 2 amps.
    • The load test will only be conducted on one battery at a time. Measure the voltage prior to operation. Activate the unit while continuing to monitor the voltage. The voltage should drop less than .5 volt during the cycle.
    • Repeat for 4 more half cycles (open or close) pausing for approximately 10 seconds in between activations. The voltage should drop less than .5 volt during these movements.
    • If the voltage drops are greater than .5 a volt the battery/batteries should be replaced.

Solar Installations

  • Use glass cleaner: Clean the glass on your solar panel to remove any algae, mold, mildew, or dirt that may have accumulated throughout the year. Keeping your solar panel glass clean helps to maximize the potential charging ability of the panel which is more important during the winter months as the number of hours of unobstructed sunlight hitting the panel decreases. Move/relocate panel if needed.
  • Using the screwdriver provided with your kit, tighten any of the wiring terminal connections that are loose.

Purina Equine Supplements

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  • Flexible feeding wither top-dressed or as a snack before stressful events


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  • Protein, vitamin and mineral fortification to balance forage without unnecessary calories
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  • Provides 100% vitamin and mineral fortification to balance a forage only diet
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Mason Bees

Dormant Spray Improves Fruit Tree Health

       Hi-Yield® Dormant Spray - 1 Quart | Ison's Nursery & Vineyard

       Most varieties of fruit trees should receive some level of care during the winter months. This is the time of year to prune your fruit trees and to apply a dormant spray treatment. A dormant spray is usually a combination of horticultural spray oil and a copper fungicide or lime-sulfur fungicide. Mixed with water, the spray oil smothers over-wintering insects and their eggs, such as aphids, mites, mealy bugs and many more. Copper is a fungicide, but also works as a bactericide. It controls a wide variety of fruit tree diseases such as leaf spot, scab, peach leaf curl, bacterial blight and others. Lime-sulfur controls many of the same diseases, but has an unpleasant odor, and is now only available in a large commercial size of concentrate. Dormant spray treatments and good pruning practices can help keep fruit tree problems to a minimum.                                                                       

        Remember to always read the product labels, follow all instructions and recommended mixing rates when using any spray concentrates. Do not mix copper and lime-sulfur fungicides together in the same sprayer. Horticultural oil and copper fungicides can be blended and applied in combination at recommended rates during the dormant spray season. Apply lime-sulfur separately from the oil. Dormant treatments can be applied now and until the buds break on your fruit trees, later this winter.

       Burns Feed Store has all the products needed to apply a winter dormant spray. Dormant spray oil and copper fungicide are available in organic and conventional forms. We have a variety of sprayer types and sizes to choose from too.  Protective eyewear and gloves are in stock. Our team can help you select the right products to apply an effective dormant spray safely. Stop in soon to pick up your supplies. Now is the time to apply this important treatment onto your fruit trees. 

E-Z Haul Carts

The perfect balance of an E-Z Haul Cart will get the job done with less effort.

These carts are built to last! They are made with the most durable components to handle big loads, regardless of cart size.

The E-Z Haul Cart is available in three sizes with load ratings from 250 to 600 pounds.

Sizes available at Burns Feed Store are:
5 1/2Cu.Ft. Garden Cart
8Cu.Ft. Utility Cart
11 1/2Cu.Ft. Jumbo Cart

Since 1986, the E-Z Haul cart has been manufactured in the United States, to provide cost effective service for new products and replacement parts. We carry a full line of replacement parts if you need to spruce up your old cart!

E-Z Haul Carts are Affordable, Durable and Versatile!