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    For security, my customer is going to install a 12’ wide automatic gate on the driveway of the house that his daughter is living, which is a nice section of the city of Detroit, called Indian Village. My customer’s daughter got mixed up between 6’ and 60” tall and ordered the wrong height for the gate frame from a company in Florida called Gate Crafters. This company sells all of the things you need for an automatic gate including brackets, hinges, electric latches and an electric gate opener. The cost for the gate frame including shipping was $350. The gate frame is made of 2” square tubing with a 1/8” wall. Typically standard fence sections are hung from the gate frame so that they will match the rest of the fence. The gate is hung on a 6” x 6” post that is sunk in the ground 5’, which is supported by eight bags of concrete.

    My job was to take the frame apart and re-weld it the correct size. I only wound up saving one of the original welds, so we basically only saved the material. The original latch was intended to mount on the inside of the gate. We decided to add a riser under the latch actuator to avoid having to cut a 2-1/2” deep notch in the 6” x 6” latch post. We also added tabs with 5/16”-18 tapped holes to assist in leveling the fence sections so that the top of the fence sections was even with the existing fence. Last but not least we decided to weld in 1-1/2” bushings to support 5/8”-11 threaded rod, which was part of the hinge so that the 2” square tubing wouldn’t be crushed by the threaded rod or the weight of the gate.

    The first three pictures are from SolidWorks to get you oriented.

    Don
    Attached Files
    Last edited by Don52; 03-23-2015, 11:52 AM.
    Miller Thunderbolt
    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Lincoln LE 31 MP
    Lincoln 210 MP
    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
    16" DuAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

  • #2
    Attached are some close-up pictures of the welds.
    Attached Files
    Last edited by Don52; 04-04-2015, 10:57 AM. Reason: Added Picture 9b
    Miller Thunderbolt
    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Lincoln LE 31 MP
    Lincoln 210 MP
    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
    16" DuAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

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    • #3
      And finally here is a picture of the tab that will be used for leveling the gate.
      Attached Files
      Last edited by Don52; 04-04-2015, 10:58 AM.
      Miller Thunderbolt
      Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
      Miller Dynasty 200DX
      Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
      Lincoln LE 31 MP
      Lincoln 210 MP
      Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
      16" DuAll Saw
      15" Drill Press
      7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
      20 Ton Arbor Press
      Bridgeport

      Comment


      • #4
        Exemplary Work!

        Originally posted by Don52 View Post
        And finally here is a picture of the tab that will be used for leveling the gate.
        I take welding classes with a lot of young guys (I just retired). Some of them have real talent for welding but, unfortunately, often have weak computer and math skills making them incomplete and unprepared for the modern world, in my opinion. That you laid out your job in SolidWorks and then executed it so well ought to serve as a model for those seeking a career in welding.

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        • #5
          My customer installed the gate.
          Attached are the pictures of the installation.
          Attached Files
          Miller Thunderbolt
          Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
          Miller Dynasty 200DX
          Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
          Lincoln LE 31 MP
          Lincoln 210 MP
          Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
          16" DuAll Saw
          15" Drill Press
          7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
          20 Ton Arbor Press
          Bridgeport

          Comment


          • #6
            And here is the last picture.
            Attached Files
            Miller Thunderbolt
            Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
            Miller Dynasty 200DX
            Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
            Lincoln LE 31 MP
            Lincoln 210 MP
            Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
            16" DuAll Saw
            15" Drill Press
            7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
            20 Ton Arbor Press
            Bridgeport

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            • #7
              We had a lot of rain, which softened the ground and allowed the post to tip due to the weight of the wooden fence sections. My customer added guy wires to straighten out the post. The one anchor in the lawn is a 16" auger type. The other was attached to a concrete slab.
              Attached Files
              Miller Thunderbolt
              Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
              Miller Dynasty 200DX
              Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
              Lincoln LE 31 MP
              Lincoln 210 MP
              Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
              16" DuAll Saw
              15" Drill Press
              7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
              20 Ton Arbor Press
              Bridgeport

              Comment

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