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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-02-2008, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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I nees some advice, I ned to build two wooden gates 8 foot wide each and want to use pre built wood pannels. My first thought involved alot of welding and some major weight, That will cause my future opener some problems,,, so i need to go lighter. Any Ideas or advice would be appriciated.

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Why go with wood? Why not vinyl?
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Jeff....you still get to weld.
Make a frame just slightly smaller than an 8' x 6' fence section. I would use 2" x 2" angle.

Typical retectangular frame....with a cross member from the top of the pivit point to the bottom of the other corner. As long as the pivit point can take the weight...it is not going to sag.

Instead of a fence section, I would use the 6' x 6" cheap redwood fence boards....redwood is lighter ceader and holds it's look longer....I was paying about $2.50/board here in LA. Splash some Thompson's on it and it will look fine for years.

Drill holes in the metal frame...about 2 for each board. Then use 3/4" decking screws to secure the boards to the frame (screwing from the frame side).

I don't think you can do any cheaper way and get the same strength.

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Some reason you don't build a single cantilevered slide gate? Those cheap swing operators are trouble waiting to happen. With a full-surface gate they'll puke on a windy day. And you don't want to think about a good swing operator! A cantilever slide isn't difficult to engineer and build, and you don't lose a big piece of acreage for the swing. Just don't use those cheap cast iron support rollers.

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I agree with Jim, build a slider/roller. You could even use chain link materials for the frame and get the rollers and most necesary hardware from any local fence company.

Is this the only hammer you've got?
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I am not opposed to the slider, I am just having some problems figuring out how to acomplish it,, Teach me oh great ones!!!

I was trying to figure out how to set the wood off enough to get around the rollers but not space it so far away that it looks goofy. I am setting 6x6 posts on each side of the gate just in case we run into one of them. Put them in concrete and all should be well.

give me some ideas!!

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Best thing to do is go look at a chain-link slide gate to see how it's engineered. Go to a fence company and look at their hardware. Just don't buy the cast iron support rollers. Ask for nylon rollers with sealed roller bearings. If they tell you that nylon rollers flat-spot they're selling the wrong ones - let me fix you up.

If you need to block vision through it get the vinyl strips that slide down into the rows of chain link. That will give you a light weight gate that will match the color of the rest of your fence.

All of the support hardware I've seen is made to attach to round posts, typically 5" diameter. Doing something with a 6X6 would take some engineering.

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I got the posts in today. 2 6x6's and the rest landscape timbers all set in concrete. I would have had fence on it but augering through the asphalt took out a shear pin and the closest one I could get was 20 min away. By the time I got that fixed I was out of time. It isin't much but I may post a photo of what I have to work with.

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This is a bit light, but you get the idea.
https://forums.off-road.com/attachmen...1&d=1209863148
The gate will have to slide to the left. I was thinking it would sit behind the posts.
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Here's what you need for support rollers. The picture isn't much but you get the idea. I fon't know what you're going to do with those square posts. Have to make something, I guess.

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