Have some farm gates to hang but this time timber ones off timber posts.
Is there a rule of thumb for how big cross section of posts are and how long (i.e. how much to bury) for best results? oh and what to bury in? concrete? or just backfill? & how deep?
Gates are to be one @ 11 ft, 2@13ft (or maybe one @14ft & one @12ft to meet in middle
Posts available are 5" 6" 7" 8" square in 7, 8 or 10ft lengths.
Recommendations from a gate manufacturer here:
I would go for the biggest you can afford, as deep as you can bore the
hole, backfilled with well tamped gravel. Alternatively, as I did for a
pair of 6ft high x 10ft wide gates, an inverted U of welded RSJ, set in
concrete across the base, with hinge pins welded to the uprights and
those built into brick piers on either side
Typically farmers will not concrete in posts as the wood rots ... better
to dig hole at least equiv to 1/3 of post length ... have stones or
gravel on bottom, and backfill hole with stones & gravel packing down
well every 150mm
I would use 8" posts if you are going for 12' gates ...
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Colin, that's pretty well exactly how I did my gate off the main road. 10x6
RSJ buried in 3 foot deep concreted trench across drive with 10x6 uprights
in centre of pillars, again like you having hinge pivots welded to the rsj,
then quite a solid pillar (I think 3 bricks per side) with the void filled
with concrete. Will give someone a surprise if they run into it, even in a
tank :) We are on fairly soft clay here and posts and pillars have a habit
of moving, so I wanted the whole structure to be integrated ! This was for a
12 foot gate that is electrically operated off one pillar, so a fair bit of
On Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:14:57 -0700 (PDT), JimK wrote:
I don't follow the maths there at all, but I'm sure you understand
How high are the gates? What does that give as post above ground
level? As a rough rule of thumb you then need half that in the
ground, ie. 1/3 of total post length in the ground. I'd not bother
with concrete(*) just make the hole as snug as possiblle and hard
pack/ram stones and earth back in around the post. You might get away
with less but not a lot less. Also arrange things such that the gate
is supported at the non-hinge end most of the time, either by the
latch or having the stile(?) rest on something. This lessens the
torque load on the popst/hinges and is good for the gate, it won't
(*) You just end up with a 25 to 50 kg solid lump buried in the
ground that will be a right PITA when the post rots and needs to be
replaced. Note: "when" not "if".
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