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  • Gate stability? Need advice asap please

    Sorry for repeat post. I posted in other discussion and figured this might be more appropriate.
    Paying $2250. for this gate. I'm putting on 1x6x8 redwood. I'm questioning the seam in the middle rail. How structurally sound is it? Tubes are 2x2 1/8.
    also wondering about doing a brushed steel finish. Will it show? Thanks in advance.

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    Its as sound as who welded it. But weld ground flat? or a vee weld ground flat? We just don't know from here...Bob
    Bob Wright

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    • #3
      Hi Bob. Weld flat. 4x4 1/4 posts, 2 ft in the ground in N Texas. I was not happy about the depth when I was told. I had requested 3'.

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      • #4
        The wood will also stiffen it up once you install it .is it a sliding gate or swinging gate hope you have some wheels for the end if it swings will help also with the longevity of the hinges ?I would put some verticle supports in there as well but that's just me .Just to keep the gate straight once the wood gets wet it's gonna move ,heat and cold are also a factor.
        What type of hinge setup are you going to use ?

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        • #5
          Swing gate. 12'x7' , 7" barrel hinges. I would prefer additional support as well but this dude is closed minded. Young kid. Bottom line, I haven't paid him yet so we shall see how this turns out.

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          • #6
            Driveway has a 5% slope away from hinge post. I am really considering a wheel. Hoped to avoid it but am open to anything that'll help.

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            • #7
              Close minded to the customer? Who's in charge here?

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              • #8
                The customer is always right

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                • #9
                  Just my opinion but in a gate that size I'd prefer to see a diagonal brace in it. Top corner at the hinge side to the bottom outboard corner. Again just my opinion, if the corner welds don't become a problem the joint in the center bar likely won't either.

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                  • #10
                    Buy a welder and make your own.
                    That's why people come here!!
                    You already recognize what not to do.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by FusionKing View Post
                      Buy a welder and make your own.
                      That's why people come here!!
                      You already recognize what not to do.
                      Been seriously thinking about that. Doing all of this so I can build an airplane and keep folks out. Any recommendation for a beginner?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Meltedmetal View Post
                        Just my opinion but in a gate that size I'd prefer to see a diagonal brace in it. Top corner at the hinge side to the bottom outboard corner. Again just my opinion, if the corner welds don't become a problem the joint in the center bar likely won't either.
                        Agree. He in coming to my terms and replacing the center rail as well as braces, brackets, etc. Funny how quickly he came around after I told him
                        to come get the gate.

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                        • #13
                          Maybe you guys should sketch out some sort of plan or design so he knows exactly what you want and you know exactly what you're agreeing to pay for.

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                          • #14
                            For a diagonal brace I would use 3/8 x 2 x 2 angle at each end and use cable with a turn-buckle. That way you can adjust the gate as it sages with age. A lot of welding stores and or steel suppliers sell pre-made hinges with grease fittings.

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                            • #15
                              I would tell the kid to keep it and find another guy. Just my thought...Bob
                              Bob Wright

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