Started by Redoverfarm, November 25, 2007, 08:34:07 PM
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Quote from: glenn kangiser on September 25, 2010, 09:27:55 AMThe stone work looks great John, as we have come to expect from you.
Quote from: ben2go on October 06, 2010, 08:08:58 PMNice looking gate.I am planning on using the same style gates on my property.How do you keep the unsupported ends from sagging over time?All of the ones we had on the farm sagged real bad after a couple years.Yours look perfectly straight.
Quote from: muldoon on October 06, 2010, 05:56:21 PMI think the gates look fantastic. can you come build one at my place next?
Quote from: MountainDon on October 06, 2010, 05:19:47 PMI dunno John? I'd say from what I can tell I'd be pleased if they were mine. Well I might want an automatic opener/closer.
Quote from: Redoverfarm on October 06, 2010, 09:18:26 PMQuote from: ben2go on October 06, 2010, 08:08:58 PMNice looking gate.I am planning on using the same style gates on my property.How do you keep the unsupported ends from sagging over time?All of the ones we had on the farm sagged real bad after a couple years.Yours look perfectly straight.I would say these will also overtime. But there are two gate post bolts which can be adjusted later to bring them back into alignment. The standard gate post bolts are sort of like 6" lag screws to be used in wooden post. With mine they were gate post bolts which I had to modify by extending them to 20" instead of the standard 12" to travel through the 15 & 5/8" post plus the thickness of the stone veneer. I used a galvanized 3/4" power pole bolt welded to the 12" gate bolt giving me 20". The only problem was that they had square nuits. To my knowledge they don't make a square nut socket. OH a solution. I welded a 1" hexhead galvanized guardrail nut to the ouside of the square head nut so that I could use a 1&1/2" socket later. In essence the actual holding power of the nut is the square nut with the bolt just passing through the 1" nut. So if they sag later I can readjust the length of the lower bolt out and the upper bolt in to raise the outside end ( end away from the hinged end) up. I can say that the majority of my gates that had sagged was from not supporting the post properly and the weight of the gate pulled the post rather than the hinge becoming weak. Depending on whether your gatepost will be the active portion of a fence the gate post by itself will determine the best approach. In a normal fence/gate there should be a brace post on either side of the actual gate post. Kids hanging on the gate while it swings or using it as a gate/fence crossing doesn't help either.