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How to Fix a Steel Gate

A gate is used as an entry or exit into a plot. It may also be used to secure the home compound. This are made of different materials. They could be made with timber, steel sections or metal sheets. The home owner desires a beautiful entry into the compound. the gate may have a sentry cubicle on the side to control movement into and out of the compound. The height can vary depending on the location. If its fixed on a long driveway it can be opened by remote control.

The gate should is fixed such that the home owner can open and close effortlessly. It is important to have the posts hanging the gate very strong. The hanging post can be made of steel or concrete stanchions. This should not buckle under the weight. The hinge system should be able to open and close smoothly. On the hanging stanchion, a bell or security system can be installed. Also lighting should be provided for ensuring a lit entry or exit into the home. Also a gate sensor can be added.

Once the gate is fabricated then fixing commences. The width of the gate is measured and the support post position is established. Column pits are excavated to a depth of three feet. The stanchions are plumbed and kept straight upwards. These should also be in line. The stanchion column is then put into the excavated holes. Concrete of one part cement, two parts sand and four parts ballast is mixed and poured into the pit. It is then vibrated properly. Power points are placed on the side and top for lighting and the bell.

The gate stanchion concrete should dry for at least four days. The gate is then lifted and put into position on the hinges. If the columns are done correctly it will fit on the provide hinges. The top of the hinge is then capped by welding to prevent lifting of the gate. The tower bolt position is marked at the center of the gate. Two steel round hollow sections of one feet long are driven into the ground. A concrete surround is done to prevent movement when locking the gate.

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