21 Jan. 1998|
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When the fence fell over and broke to pieces we figured it was time we’d better build the fence once and for all. Also, the kit says to hang the pickets onto the frame before attaching the frame to the fence post. When the fence was finally done we added some stain – mainly to protect the wood and keep it lasting longer, but also so it would blend in more with the neighbors fence.
There are many options for swing gates, there are typical walk thru gates at 3-5' wide for pedestrian access, there are single drive swing gates and there are double drive swing gates. Fence gates are typically constructed using a 2x4 cedar frame(not treated pine on just gate frames due to warping) with pickets attached.
V-track roller style gates are used a lot here in this area and are a great long lasting easy maintenance style rolling gate. We have spent the last two years holding our fence up with a large rock and some 2x8s leaned against the fence. Truthfully, we have put off the fence repair because we were both intimidated by building a fence and a dreaded gate! We laid one fence picket on the ground and set all the other pickets on top of it (to keep the fence the same height along the top).
The first day we prepped the area and set the posts, the second day we added the pickets and built the gate, and the third day we stained it.
I’m not an expert, and this is the first fence we’ve built, so I can assure you we probably made some mistakes along the way, so please be kind! Typical wood walk gates use 4x6 treated heavy duty gate posts set 36" deep in concrete footings using black powder coated decorative hardware. These gates are typically used when a customer desires a gate operator and access controls.
The last big wind storm we had was enough to convince us to finally fix the fence once and for all.
The plan is to fix up the fence, then sod the entire dirt section, throw in a nice big shrub, and add a few stepping stones.
For double drive gates at 10' wide D & C will typically use 6x6 treated gate posts set 36" deep in concrete footings.
These gates can be built using almost any material we offer, from chain link to vinyl to wrought iron and aluminum, as well as wood privacy.
We ended up hanging the gate, removing all the pickets, and hanging them again the same way we hung them on the fence (we placed two pickets on the ground for the fence section to leave room for the bottom of the gate to clear the future grass then we set the pickets on top of the stack of two, then screwed them into the gate). All chain link and iron gates are welded construction and fabricated in the D & C fabrication shop. There are two rear roller wheels that attach to actual gate that sit on these two horizontal rails that support rear of gate for tracking and rolling. This gate is designed to be built 1.5 times bigger than the desired opening and is supported and hung off of 4" sch 40 heavy duty posts using typically 4- heavy duty cantilever rollers.
V-track gates are built using a galvanized frame and then the desired style of fence is attached.
I will tell you up front that by sucking it up and DIYing it ourselves, we built the entire section and gate for less than $170. Fortunately, I watch a LOT of DIY TV (my favorite type of show to watch!) and I saw a gate kit that was supposed to make gate-making a breeze.
On the front ground end of the roller gate are roll gate ground rollers that vary in grade and sizes.
The tail of the cantilever gate is designed in an x-welded section and balances the gate when in closed position to hang on rollers and posts.
In order to install a v-track roller gate a good surface of asphalt or concrete is necessary to mount ground mounted angle iron to ground. On wood gates that are desired that are larger than a 10' dd we like to offer a galvanized metal frame gate with wood pickets attached for strength and longevity. A typical application where a roller gate is rolling on asphalt or concrete drive solid rubber ground wheels are used at 6" to 8". D & C offers heavy duty nylon cantilever rollers which are a great option, allow the gate to roll easier, and work really well in almost any application.
Once the v-track is mounted to the ground in both the ingress and egress positions two heavy duty stainless steel ball bearing rollers are installed at each end on the bottom of the new gate frame in heavy boxed which will sit on the new track installed for guiding and rolling the gate back in forth. For top support and to keep gate on track there are heavy duty rubber roller guides installed that are attached to the gate post. This type of gate style is used mostly in commercial and industrial applications and works great when wanted to add a gate operator and automate gate. What is nice about these gates is the gate is almost fully support by the ground v-track rollers thus not putting pressure on the gate posts. This cost more but is an excellent way to keep gate working properly without roller complications.