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Understanding Automatic Gate Opening Systems

Automatic Gate Systems and Actuator Control Configurations: I have an Elite Automatic Gate opener actuator, the gate openers are opening in the opposite direction.

Automatic Gate Openers and Actuator Configuration
Electrical Question: I have an Elite Automatic Gate opener actuator, which is discontinued. The gate openers are opening in the opposite direction. The master is wired red to black, green to green, white to white. The slave is wired black to black, red to red, white to white, green to green. I’ve tried to wire the master the same as the slave-no power. I haven’t had this problem before when I have changed out the slave operator. I have never had to change the master until now and didn’t know it was wired differently. I also tried to replace the slave operator and still had the gates opening opposite. I bought extra operators before they discontinued the model. I also have an extra panel board.

This electrical question came from: Ellen, a Homeowner from Paicines, California.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Ellen.

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Wiring a Switch for an Air Compressor

Wayne asks:
I am wiring my 240volt air compressor using 10/3 to a lighted 30 amp switch to place by exit door to turn off when im away.
My question is: when I wire the switch I will have essentially two hots, do I place both the black and red on one screw and the black and red on the other?
Also its the lighted Leviton 3032-plr, a lot of the comments say I need to use the neutral to operate the light.
I dont know what to do with that.
Thanks for your help.

Dave's Reply:

Wayne, The Leviton 3032-plr switch that you have described is for 120volt applications and will not work on a 240volt circuit.
A typical 240 volt air compressor requires two hots and a ground wire.
A neutral wire is not required.
A 120volt lighted control switch could be wired as an add on control circuit, however this would require a separate 120volt control circuit, a 120volt lighted switch, and a 120volt control relay with 240volt contacts rated for 30amps.

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2 Responses to “Understanding Automatic Gate Opening Systems”
  1. dianne says:

    How do I reset my Duraswing gate motor?
    The gates are opening and closing in opposite directions to each other.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Dianne,
      How to Reset a Duraswing Gate
      Duraswing has a few different models of gate motors and operators.
      This information is specific to the Durnswing Model DWS2000:
      The information regarding the DuraSwing Swing Gate Operator indicates that there is either a external reset button, or there are Built-in On/Off and Reset switches that can be accessed through the cover if desired.

      A system reset may also be accomplished by turning the system power OFF, and then back ON.

      I hope this helps,

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