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  • My first gates

    ...and only my 6th real project with my MM180.





    I made the gates for a neighbor buddy. They span a 12 1/2 foot driveway. Material is 16 gauge steel tubing, 1 x 1 and 1 x 1 1/2. Each gate weighs about 72 pounds.

    I was stuck using existing hinge pins set into the brick wall; they are misaligned several ways. I compensated in the hinge receivers, and there's enough play and flex that binding from the misalignments is not too bad.

    I also did a matching 3-foot walkway gate. The gates are not yet painted. I was happy to hand them over to Larry for the drudgery of prep and paint.

    Not bad. It was good to get some practice on Larry's dime, plus a few new tools in the deal. Some welds could be better; fortunately, I did improve from one gate to the next.
    Last edited by EdZep; 03-23-2008, 05:28 PM.

  • #2
    looks great. that new toy is paying for its self already.
    thanks for the help
    ......or..........
    hope i helped
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    • #3
      Nice Job

      Ed, great job on the gate, thanks for sharing. Sounds like it wasn't all that easy by using the old hinge pins but they hang nice.

      I thought about buying an MM180 but I think I'll wait till Im awarded one in the Project Challenge this year
      Ken

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      • #4
        Thanks

        Of course, the worse part was all the crawling around on the garage floor to lay them out and weld.

        Whoever built that wall should be tarred and feathered for the poorly inset gate pins.

        I guess gates like this would get pretty expensive if any kind of hourly rate was involved.

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        • #5
          Nice Job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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          • #6
            Very nice.

            My entire business is tailored to fab and build nothing but gates, rails and similar products and have been doing it for about 26 years. This gate is very nice and looks as if you took your time to do it right! Some of the so called "gate & rail" guys around here could learn something from you without a doubt! Now with that said, you need to finish the detailing by adding decrotive caps or another good idea may be to simply run flat stock from end to end. Either way would give your gate a great finish.

            Great job and if you're not careful you might find yourself doing a lot more with that kind of quality!

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            • #7
              Nice...

              Great job! Fitting door and gates to messed up openings is a challenge. Looks like you did a fine job.
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              • #8
                Thanks, tacmig, nice of you to say. I did look at some past gate posts here, probably some of yours included. I wish I'd had a big ol' flat table to work on. I'm not sure decorative tips would have been in the budget, even if we'd found a source. I did flat-cap all those tubes, though, to keep them from filling and rusting.

                Originally posted by tacmig View Post
                My entire business is tailored to fab and build nothing but gates, rails and similar products and have been doing it for about 26 years. This gate is very nice and looks as if you took your time to do it right! Some of the so called "gate & rail" guys around here could learn something from you without a doubt! Now with that said, you need to finish the detailing by adding decrotive caps or another good idea may be to simply run flat stock from end to end. Either way would give your gate a great finish.

                Great job and if you're not careful you might find yourself doing a lot more with that kind of quality!

                TacMig

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                • #9
                  Nice Job , Keep On The Good Work .
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                  • #10
                    Thanks, Handy. Too true. Looks like wonky doorways are becoming a common affliction, from what I've seen in newer houses around here.

                    Originally posted by Handy560 View Post
                    Great job! Fitting door and gates to messed up openings is a challenge. Looks like you did a fine job.

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                    • #11
                      Thank you, k zen.

                      Originally posted by k zen View Post
                      Nice Job , Keep On The Good Work .

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by EdZep View Post
                        Thanks, tacmig, nice of you to say. I did look at some past gate posts here, probably some of yours included. I wish I'd had a big ol' flat table to work on. I'm not sure decorative tips would have been in the budget, even if we'd found a source. I did flat-cap all those tubes, though, to keep them from filling and rusting.
                        Nice job on the gates! You might be surprised at how cheap some of the little pressed metal caps are.

                        http://www.kingmetals.com/Default.as...26%20Plugs*0@@
                        Jim

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                        • #13
                          Dang, even spears and florets for under a buck. I am surprised. Thanks, Jim.

                          Originally posted by Jim-TX View Post
                          Nice job on the gates! You might be surprised at how cheap some of the little pressed metal caps are.

                          http://www.kingmetals.com/Default.as...26%20Plugs*0@@

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