This 17' dual driveway gate was constructed in my spare time. It consist of three different size square tubing. 1-1/4" for the main frame, 1" for the lateral brace & top arch, and 1/2" for the pickets. Prior to beginning this project, I built a JIG to secure the tubing will fitting & welding. After completing the main frame, I built another JIG to properly space the pickets. Later, the cast iron finials were welded atop each picket. The entire gate was built in one section, as to create the Arch. Once welding was completed, the gate was cut in two. Ball-bearing hinges were added to easily swing the gates.
12/14/13 An electrically operated Dual Gate actuator kit was ordered and installed. At a later date, I fabricated a gate-stop using 1/4" steel plate; and fastened it to the concrete driveway using 3/8" strike-bolts. A striker, mounted to the lower frame of the master gate, will contact the gate-stop. The slave gate, which travels 4 second behind the master gate, will contact the master gate. After all alignment & adjustments were made, I removed the gates and loaded them onto my utility trailer. They were delivered to the paint shop to be sand-blasting, priming & painting.
1/24/14 Picked up the gates last Monday. They received two coats of Epoxy Primmer; and two coats of Gloss Black.
1/25/14 Gate is installed, adjusted and operation is tested. Next, is to build a gate-lock mount.
To be continued
BARN (a work in progress, started 2010)
The RV cover (center section) was originally installed behind my work shop. To make room for a kitchen on the rear of my work shop, I moved the RV cover to the rear of the property. I formed up and poured concrete for a floor. The RV cover measured 12' wide by 31' long; and 13.5' tall(center height). Once I had the RV cover in place, I raised it an additional 18". This gave me a 15' center height. I then added a lean-to, on each side. Each lean-to is 12' wide. Total size of the barn is 31' X 36'. The lean-to on the left will be for storing lawn & gardening tools and equipment. The area behind the left lean-to(not concreted), will be for storing a couple of small utility trailers. The lean-to on the right, will be for storing camping/recreational gear.
At this time (4/14/14), the left lean-to is roofed; and the right lean-to is partially framed. I purchased and installed White steel panels for the roof. The front, back and sides will be Rustic Red steel panels.
(6/4/14) I've revised the floor-plan to add more concreted area. I've also added concrete to the rear side of the barn. This extra concrete is where I'll park my two utility trailers. (6/6/14) I've completed the installation of the Rustic Red steel panels to the front and sides. The rear wall will go up next. Then, I'll panel the opening between the center section and left & right lean-to. To be continued