Forecast called for snow, and it snowed.
Not really a surprise since we are now in December. But what was a surprise this morning was everything was frozen solid at Tahoe’s yard. Including locks, panic hardware, automated gates, etc.
Here is a tip to help keep this from becoming a problem for you:
Lubricate metal locks and gate hardware (hinges/latches) with a little silicone spray or WD-40 right before the weather turns wet and cold. Even put some on sliding gate rails, cantilever gate frames, and operator chains. Whatever you can do to keep water/moisture from collecting and freezing on your locks and moving gate parts will be beneficial after the storm.
And if you have solar powered gate operators, make sure to sweep the snow off the solar panels. This will help keep the batteries charging in the sunlight if you keep the gate connected through the winter.
If a big snowstorm, or a series of storms, is on the horizon, consider leaving your automated gate in the open position. Then you can clear your driveway without the gate being in the way. When you’re done, the gate will have a clear path of travel.
Pictured: Tahoe’s yard in Mound House (Lyon County) with a literate snow removal.