questionshave you installed an automated fence?

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We don't live in a fancy house, so i'm not looking for brick pillars and an iron gate, just a standard chain link fence on rollers. I'd like something either with a keypad or a remote. One question is, if something breaks (ie the motor), what is to keep me from getting locked into or out of my yard? is there some kind of over ride i can use, and if so, what is to keep a robber from using that same overide?

Which company sells the best combo kits? i'm looking for reliability and security. what are the pro's and cons of having a touch pad vs a remote?

Basically, i've never done anything like this before but am desperate to get it in place as soon as possible. Any help any one can give me would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Why not install a security system instead of a fence? The external siren on mine would scare the crap out of them. I also have friends who bought an ADT sign off of eBay and stuck it in their yard... I've heard it does deter criminals.

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I second the idea of a security system.
It'll be more expensive, but it also does a lot more.

I recently bought a security system, and for $35 a month, I get house monitoring, smoke monitoring, and peace of mind.
If my house is broken into, or there is a fire while I'm not home, they'll call me and the police within 30 seconds. It's crazy how fast they are.

The peace of mind alone is worth the $35.

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Thanks for the responses but i don't want a security system for multiple reasons the main being another monthly bill. We're already looking into ways to reduce our monthly bills. I did order 2 ADT yard signs and 10 window stickers. I also plan to buy some old ADT window sensors and glue them up there so it looks like i have a system. but right now my primary concern is the security fence. I will also be installing a camera system but like i said, my number one priority at this moment is a barrier to keep cars out of my yard.

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10 ADT stickers is going to look fake. I actually have ADT monitoring, and they give you one sign and one sticker. Any rolling chain link fence can be pushed out of the way pretty easily by people who are willing to kick in your door. When you say you were "away" if you just mean "out of the house" then some of this might be slightly useful. If you mean "out of town" then they know enough about you to know your travel plans and will probably also know that all your new security measures are fake. Rather than buy useless things and glue them, get something that just sounds a local alarm in the house that your neighbors can hear. Or get a fake security camera. If you want to scare them off, you can't be too subtle.

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@craigster38: I was paying a $ 35/month monitoring fee. Unless you have a contract call the alarm company and ask them to lower the fee. I did this and now pay $ 20/month.

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I pay my security system bill annually and it's $198. It sounds like your fence idea would be more costly than that. My neighbor has the brick columns & lights with the black wrought iron gates that open in the middle. They are surrounded by trees too and the freestanding gate looks nice and works great when they drive up. I have seen a chain link gate at a horse farm but it was entirely fenced in and the electric rolling gate would get stuck all the time. It wouldn't work good in cold weather, it rusted in places and if debris got in the path of the gate, you were screwed. Put one of those ADT signs near the end of your driveway and they probably won't come back.

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@scmtim: locking fences can't be pushed out of the way. I'm looking for a security fence like they use in shipping recieving areas of large business's. Without a key or a passcode the only way through is ramming it.

As for the stickers, my old room mate had a security system in his house and they put an ADT sticker on each first story floor of the house. I know if somone wants in my house, they can get in no matter what i do. This was just a random smash and grab and the point is to put so many obstacles in the way, that when they look at my house they go "nah, not worth it, lets move on to the next one".

Does anybody know anything about fence installation or companies that sell the kits?

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@ndcouch: What are you planning on attaching the gate to? You can't have a freestanding chain link gate with just 2 end posts, can you? Also, the rollers on the bottom of the gate will need a cement or asphalt base the entire length of their travel path. Do you have a fence building company in your city? I would definitely contact them for ideas. I'm sure a professional will be able to help you better than a group of Wooters. :-)

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@missellienc: You only need the width of the fence room so say 6" of pavement/cement I'm sure he can recess the gate 6" from a tree so it can slide over or take the tree out and cement in a post like they do infront of gas tanks.

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Never installed an automatic one, but I have installed manual ones that use a padlock.

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My place of business has a rolling fence that is closed at night. One time, after it had been closed at sunset, the motor died, and quite a few of us were locked inside our parking lot. We eventually figured out that if you disconnect both ends of the chain, on either side of the motor, you can slide the fence along the rollers pretty easily, by hand. So it's really not a great system as far as actually being secure. It does however give the APPEARANCE of security, so it is a deterrent.

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I'm not sure where you're getting the ramming idea from. Like @djp519 said, cutting out the motor generally works for the type of fence you're talking about.

If they didn't even want to mess with that, you drive up to the fence in reverse so your back bumper is touching it and slowly press on the gas to force them open or push them down. No damage to the car (besides possibly a scratch or two) and minimal noise that way. Bolt cutters let it take under a minute to get through too if you're practiced.

I second just putting in something screeching if you don't want to pay monthly. I used to get in some trouble, and fences never slowed me down at all. A loud alarm on the other hand can draw attention even in relatively secluded areas and would send me flying.

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@panthiest: the gate still locks so cutting the motor alone is not enough to move the gate. you have to cut the motor, then unlock the gate. at least thats how the ones at my place of business work. plus, even though i live in the country, our main street gets an average amount of traffic and my neighbor across the street works from home out of a huge garage. he doesn't have a clear line of sight to my house, but he can see my driveway no problem. i know its not fool proof but i seriously doubt anyone wants to pull over on a somewhat busy street, in front of a guy working in his garage, and try to take apart my fence.

I'm not stupid, i know that nothing i do will keep a determined criminal out. the point is adding as many points of deterrent as possible. if you swing by my house and see an automated locking fence with a sign saying "this property under surveillance" then you see some cameras as well as ADT signs, it is still possible i will get robbed, but my house suddenly

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looks alot less appealing. in addition, i just added steel plates in my door frame so that it will take more than one kick to get into my house. it took a single hard kick to get in. this new set up will take 5-10 kicks to break it down. you can still get in, but its just one more obstacle. So once again, i'm not stupid, and i know my house will not be fort Knox. a determined crook will break in. but this was just a random smash and grab (probably a kid based on what was taken) and those features will stop the random criminal. fences, cameras, security signs and reinforced entry ways are alot of obstacles for someone who doesn't even know if there anything worth taking on the other side of that door. thats all i'm trying to do

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@missellienc: gate will be attached to large steel poles cemented a couple feet down. i'll add a couple more pylons on each side so tehy can't squeak by. but i think you're right, i need to just find someone local and pay to have this done.

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@ndcouch: ah, that makes sense- if your house looks much harder to get into than another nearby I can definitely see random kids passing it by. Sorry i cant really help with where to get the fence though.

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Also on a side note about the gate, if you order a lot of packages and they deliver them to your door, that won't be happening anymore. I know that's a minor thing but you said the driveway was long and I would get tired of having to go that distance just to pickup packages all the time.