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  • #41
    Originally posted by Nootka View Post
    Duke energy is acutally creating a new meter that they can read without going in your yard. I think they will start installing them this year
    These are smart meters, which also allow the provider the ability to vary the cost of the power consumed by pricing it differently at peck times of demand

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    • #42
      Our farm is fenced and gated and our purposes are two: keep people out who shouldn't be here, and keep animals in. Everyone who is invited knows the code; delivery people know it or leave packages at the gate. We have a security system and our alarm company knows to alert the police/fire department to the gate code. It gives incredible piece of mind to know that if a fence fails, the horses cannot get off the farm. Ours is battery powered. We use a marine battery that we only have to charge about every other month. We have two small batteries that get charged and then have a solar trickle charge. Have not had any issues that couldn't be solved with a quick power reset.

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      • #43
        Gate was first thing fixed when I moved to,the farm. UPS and Fed x open and close it but Post Office refuses to.
        No one complains and daily help seem to have no problems.
        Insurance CO likes it. No one seems put off or insulted.
        It does give a big measure of ease in case a horse gets loose.
        Certainly does not stop solicitation from religious groups, political polls or salesman either....

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        • #44
          Originally posted by Nootka View Post
          Duke energy is acutally creating a new meter that they can read without going in your yard. I think they will start installing them this year
          AEP and I have gotten along much better since they read the meter from afar - they were terrible about flying up and down the driveway - thank goodness it was pre-barn so no gates or horses but they drove my dogs nuts.

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          • #45
            Originally posted by judybigredpony View Post
            Gate was first thing fixed when I moved to,the farm. UPS and Fed x open and close it but Post Office refuses to.
            No one complains and daily help seem to have no problems.
            Insurance CO likes it. No one seems put off or insulted.
            It does give a big measure of ease in case a horse gets loose.
            Certainly does not stop solicitation from religious groups, political polls or salesman either....
            Contact the postmaster; the US Postal service will provide a registered key switch to be installed on the system, the postal delivery person has the key

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            • #46
              I learned this one as I drove past the neighbors' this morning.


              If you put up a fence to keep free range cattle out, then leave the gate open for a few hours while your employees are in and out - make sure no cattle got in before you close the gate.
              If Kim Kardashian wants to set up a gofundme to purchase the Wu Tang album from Martin Shkreli, guess what people you DON'T HAVE TO DONATE.
              -meupatdoes

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              • #47
                Originally posted by ReSomething View Post
                That's not as big a problem as you think - we used to read our own meter and submit the reading to our landlord and I've never heard of a company saying no thanks to a premature payment - it took the phone company over six months to pay me back for the double bill I paid when I cut my old service off, so . . . We have some sort of wifi sensor here in the water meter and the power, I haven't seen the electric guy up at the house meter EVER and the water guy cruises down the road very slowly but never gets out or lifts a lid.
                Yup, for years we posted the electric reading on the front door on the day meter man would come. Once a year we'd actually meet and escort them into the cellar, where they'd verify we were telling the truthThen they put in the wireless readers and now read the meter from their truck in the street.

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                • #48
                  We have a solar-powered electric gate. Our driveway is a mile long, and neither FedEx nor UPS will drive deliveries to my door for love or money. I have taped the gate code directly to the keypad, paid 40 bucks for membership in the "My Choice" club supposedly entitling me to leave explicit delivery instructions, called to complain, and even left the gate wide open with a sign saying "Come On In! Free Beer!". Which ticks me off, since this is an extremely rural area, so if some nefarious passer-by wants to help himself to what is usually a useless-except-to-me shipment of SmartPaks sitting at the gate, there's nothing stopping him. Happens all the time.

                  Neither does the gate deter determined visitors. I had a contractor ask me for the gate code AFTER he'd already driven his ginormous dump truck in. "How'd you get in here?" I asked. He said he'd hopped the fence and walked in a few yards carrying a shovel, thus tripping the magnetic auto-close mechanism buried in the road. Swell.

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                  • #49
                    We have our entire property (only 5 acres) perimeter fenced and gated, and all the gates have chains and padlocks. When we are home and out and about it may be unlocked, sometimes not if we have had no reason to leave. It is always locked overnight or when we are not home.
                    I got a very large oversized mailbox and put it at our front gate, with "FED EX UPS" on it in large letters. It's not our regular mailbox which is at another location with all the others for the homes on my road. Once we trained the delivery men that it was ok to leave stuff in it or near it, no more problems.

                    Basically we look at it like this: if you need to be here you have a key. If you dont, then you need to call first.
                    "Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin

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                    • #50
                      I've boarded at several properties which were gated.

                      The owners lived on the premises of the first one. The electronic gate was open during normal farm hours and closed at other times. Those needing access to the barns outside of farm hours (braiders, etc.) were given the access code.

                      The second farm was close to the highway. The entire property had one or two layers of fencing around it so that horses would have a very difficult time getting to the road even if they broke down a paddock fence. The gate opened off of a residential lane and completed the enclosure. It was secured, but not locked, when no one was on the premises. (Other gates on the property were pad-locked to deter unauthorized visitors.

                      The third property also had an electronic gate that was open during normal farm hours and would allow visitors out at any time. I'm not quite sure what would happen if you tried to arrive at 4 in the morning as I did not have occasion to try!

                      It seems sensible to have something on your property aiding in keeping your four-leggers from the road. I wish the cow farm I grew up near had had a better one. Would have cut down on calls to my mother asking if they could borrow her dog to find their wandering cows again.
                      "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden

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                      • #51
                        I think a gate would be a great thing to have. It should discourage idle visitors, make possible thieves think twice (because you might have other security measures or cameras around also), and keep animals in. There are certainly a lot of planning factors in picking the right gate, and positioning, but I think if you do it right, that it will make your farm safer.
                        You can't fix stupid-Ron White

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                        • #52
                          I have a gate on my property in SC, that is very normal there to have a gated farm. Very few don't have gates.

                          My gate is about 200' in from the property line with fencing and pasture on either side.
                          right now, its manual, but I would like an auto gate.

                          I have dogs and the horses, so its always shut. Delivery packages are left at the gate. Friends and visitors, either park along the driveway and walk in, or pull thru...just depends on the person.

                          It works for me, and I like it. People know, you always shut a gate after you, and its just part of life. Since my property is all no climb perimeter fenced and the gates have no climb the dogs stay in.
                          Here in the north, people seem to detest gates, and do not shut them, so I also think its kind of a mindset thing.
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                          • #53
                            Originally posted by The Crone of Cottonmouth County View Post
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                            Neither does the gate deter determined visitors. I had a contractor ask me for the gate code AFTER he'd already driven his ginormous dump truck in. "How'd you get in here?" I asked. He said he'd hopped the fence and walked in a few yards carrying a shovel, thus tripping the magnetic auto-close mechanism buried in the road. Swell.

                            My dog's Garmin GPS radio collar trips it, too.
                            ROFLMAO - DH was telling me just last week about all the uses of big magnets - the airport parking lot ticket machine figured in the conversation. Glad to see he might be right!
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