The answer to this question is, yes! Although the project skill level is advanced, it is not impossible for the average DIYer to accomplish. But before you grab your tools, there are a few questions you must ask.
1. Is you gate operation swing or sliding?
Elevation most likely determined which option you chose. Swing gates require a flat driveway while sliding gates will also work with sloped driveways. Weight is beared on hinges of a swing gate which may result in future maintenance. Sliding gates have a risk of debris preventing smooth operation. Taking into consideration aesthetics and function, the decision is ultimately personal preference.
2. What are the length and weight measurements of each gate leaf?
You will need to know these measurements in order to choose a motor that is capable of operating your gate.
3. How do you want your motor to be charged?
The automatic gate opener is a low-voltage battery operated system. The battery charge can be kept by either a transformer or solar panels. If your gate is more than 1000′ from an AC power source, you will need to use a solar panel charging kit.
There is no need for welding or electrician services with the safe and affordable low-voltage systems that are avaliable today. As with any DIY project, first read the instruction manual and view the installation DVD. You may also want to watch a couple of YouTube videos from reliable sources to clarify any questions. Lowes offers tips for preparing yor gate for opener installation. Next, gather your tools and materials. Within 2-3 hours your installation should be complete. Finally, pat yourself on the back for a job well done!