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Functional Farm Gates
We can all be duly impressed with "Entrance Gates" but this is about the function of your corral, paddock or pasture gate. Who doesn't love a gate that swings easily? How can we assure proper function of our gate for years to come?
First - Gate Placement
Some say to place your gate in line with fence. We pefer to put gates at corners, if possible. It is generally easier to corral or lead animals through at a corner. And there is the cost and installation savings to consider as you are already bracing at the corner.
Second - Gate Size
Plan for the widest farm machinery or vehicle you will want to go through the gate. Then add 2 feet.
Third - The Hinge Post (the post you hang the gate on)
This is the foundation for a good gate installation. DO NOT SCRIMP on Size or Quality. The hinge post should be 5 to 6 in. diameter and 8 ft. long.
Fourth - Installation of gate post
Generally we perfer gate posts to be at the end of your fence line. Set the 8 ft. post, 3 to 3½ ft. in the ground. Pea gravel in the bottom aids drainage. Add concrete - dry ready mix - then add water and let set for 24 hour. Do not bring concrete to top of hole. After concrete has set, top with dirt. We recommend the knee brace system to brace ends and corners. This system eliminates the diagonal tension wire used for the H-brace method. This tension wire can be problematic for your horse.
Fifth - Gate Aids
|Gate Wheel -
gives support and makes opening /closing easier
|Gate Anchor -
supports your gate when open or closed
|Gate Latch -
The Sure Latch also supports your gate