Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Cedar Picket Gate, Gator Power Gates

In this home improvement project we're building a Cedar Picket gate that will be opened by an automatic gate opener, Gator Power Gates. The absolutely worst type of gate you could use for an automatic gate opener is cedar pickets. Why? Because of wind. Cedar picket gates don't allow the wind to pass through and therefore causing the gate to act like a sail. Wind will cause automatic gate openers to not perform.
Cedar Picket Gator
In our final product the gate needs to swing level and plumb and avoid any sagging. In this application the driveway has a 5 1/2 inch slope. In the gates open position there will be a large gap between the driveway and bottom of the gate. This means the Gator Power Gate will have to travel down a slope and climb back up to open and close the gate.
Slope, Gator Power Gates
We are going to begin this project with a sturdy post. We're using a 10 foot long 4x6 treated beam. We attached to the beam 2 1/2 inch 1/4 inch thick angle iron. The post and angle iron both weigh about 90 lbs. We placed the post 5 feet in the ground and added 480 lbs of concrete (six 80 pound bags) to secure the post. Totally, this post now weighs approximately 570 lbs.  
Gate Post, Gator Power Gates
For some additional reinforcement we added 3 cross bars to secure the new post to a post just adjacent. This adds more strength to the post that will hold up the cedar gate.
Gate Post, Gator Power Gates
We carefully measured and attached the aluminum frame we previously had made by a local welder at Expert Welding. To make it easier to attach the cedar pickets they used 2 inch aluminum tubing.
Cedar picket Gate, Gator Power Gates
This was a great home improvement project and adding the convenience of the Gator Power Gate. Great way to ad value to any home. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

DIY Project, Removing An Old Gate Post

A great way to ad value to a home is a good plumb and level gate. This is a great home improvement project that will certainly give you added value. When replacing that old gate, sometimes you have to go the extra mile and replace the Post as well. Here we show you how to get that old gate post out of the ground.
Old Gate Post, Gator Power Gates, Inc.
This gate post shown above simply isn't strong enough for the new gate that will be installed. So, this old post has to come out. 
Old Gate Post, Gator Power Gates, Inc.
Secure a 4 x 4 piece of wood to the side of the post using large 1/2 inch nuts and bolts. 
Old Gate Post, Gator Power Gates, Inc.
Using a High-Lift jack you can simply jack the post out of it's position in the ground. This is a little more difficult then it sounds. But, with a little elbow grease, it will come out. 
Getting this out of the ground was some extra effort, but worth it. Now we can place a new post in the ground that will hold up our new gate.

Gator Power Gates recommends that your gate should be level and plumb prior to installing their automatic gate system.