I have quite a long, straight drive leading from the road up to my garage.
I quite often have the doors open when I'm on the drive eg working on the
motorbike, as I was doing today. It's a pain if I need to go in the house
for a bit, as I always worry if I leave stuff out that it's going to get ni
I thought to myself today - wouldn't it be nice to be able to erect some so
rt of folding/collapsible screen about 2 meters high right across the drive
, about 3 metres in front of the garage doors, to form a 'private' are at w
ork in? It would need to be a temporary thing that I could easily erect an
d remove at will, but ideally substantial enough to be left in place for a
while if required. So, stable and weatherproof. I certainly wouldn't expe
ct it to be secure against thievery, just a screen to hide the goings-on fr
om passers-by really. The area concerned is bounded by high solid walls at
either side, about 3 metres apart, and FWIW the drive is block-paving.
Anyone got any bright ideas?!
Not sure if it's a bright idea as such but what about a pair of gates?
You say you have walls either side and I have seen other do the same
to provide a reasonably private and secure 'yard' or 'forecourt' (that
they actually rebuilt a kitcar in).
You can always leave the gates pinned back when you aren't working
The gates (or one big gate) could be proper substantial wood or metal
in whatever style would be considered suitable for where you are or
even something lighter like some polycarbonate twinwall (I think they
do coloured stuff or maybe tinted) fixed to some batten or light steel
to make the 'hinge' side?
Cheers, T i m
Keep it simple,
Pair of gates . They won't look out of place like anything else
would and will be simple and quick to use.
With anything more complicated that takes time to put in place there
will be a temptation not to bother to use it for just a quick job.
Something like this cut to 3m:
Maybe with clips on both walls so it can quickly be put up and removed.
In my experience it should last several years.
On Monday, 20 February 2017 07:29:01 UTC, Jeff Layman wrote:
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at work in?
Thanks for all the suggestions, including the 'gate' ones. Unfortunately t
hat's not going to fly for two reasons: firstly, because one of the walls f
eatures a large window, and a gate would occlude that when open (which woul
d be 95% of the time) and block the view/light when close. Secondly, you h
ave to remember the main reason I tend to work out on the drive is because
my garage is piled high with crap... if I was to create a reasonably secure
area outside behind a new gate, then I know that would soon suffer a simil
ar fate! At best, I'd end up with the gates permanently closed, which is d
efinitely not the intention as the drive is needed as is.
I think that might just do the trick - certainly worth a go anyway. It wou
ld still need some sort of support in the middle - 3m is too big a span to
expect it to free-stand - maybe a heavy-duty parasol stand would work. Wil
l think on this further.
Get an old plastic bucket, preferably one slightly tapered
top-to-bottom*. Half fill with concrete, into which you embed a short
length of plastic waste pipe. Allow to set; tip out and repeat as
often as necessary.
*to allow easy removal of concrete moulding.
I'd forget the dog, but I'd go for a remote controlled gate. A friend of
mine has one of these, which I'd never come close to before (and thought
they were for the toffs, which my mate is not).
His gate is a rolling one, and is (actually) about 3m long - the width
of your drive. God knows how much it cost -- it was probably fairly
minor compared to the house he built behind it! However it's damn'
useful: he doesn't live in a dodgy street, but it's the sort of area
that has dodgy people wandering round it on foot "on the look-out".
I appreciate that this is a ridiculous high-end solution -- I'm just
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