Building my First gate assist

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  1. joallen001

    joallen001 LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Posts: 247

    I am in the process of building my first gate assist. I am going to start out with just one spring. I have purchased a spring from Lowes. 2" sheaves from TSC and six feet of cable and some chain to adjust the tension. I plan to purchase something to inclose the spring. Other than this what all things am I missing. I assume that I only need one eyebolt to attach to the gate. What size bolts should I use to mount the spring to the frame of the trailer? I am also not sure exactly where the cable attaches to the spring because i can not see it in the pics because the spring is covered. I assume that it is attached the the end of the spring the same as the bolt. Thanks for any help on this. I want to do it the right way and the say way so any advice is appreciated. This forum has been a great help..
  2. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,266

    Be real careful about this one. You could get hurt. I would use grade 8 hardware where ever I could.
  3. edward hedrick

    edward hedrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 871

    I used a pieceof pvc Electrical conduit. Look at the ballard ad.

    I used elec beam clamps and conduit hangers to attach to

    trailer. Cost $ 50 + an hour to fit it.Ed
  4. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,491

    Go to your local Lowes or Home Depot and look in the fencing dept. I used a galvanized fencepost (about $6) to enclose my spring.
  5. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    and will yeild satisfactory results providing you think the project out.

    It is just plain STUPID to enclose the spring, which is ALWAYS in tesion, even at rest, in a plastic [PVC] enclosure.

    If that spring breaks, it WILL cause damage with whatever it comes in contact with be it you, a bystander, or your truck!

    Use METAL for this, like STEEL tubing.

  6. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    the spring to the top rail of my trailer using 3/4" STAINLESS bolt, washers, double nutting the underside, not in photo

    This part always stays stationary.

    Note spring fitting close inside tube, I applied grease to the spring prior to installation to reduce chaffing.

    spring attachment.jpg
  7. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Mine looks exactly like Captken's. Dont waste you time building will need two. I tried one and it wont work!!
  8. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707


    Use a THIMBLE to make the wire loop.

    Secure it with cable clamps, I use three.

    Remember to install the cable clams CORRECTLY!

    This photo is of where the 3/16" aircraft control cable

    attaches to the chain segment [tension adjustment]

    IT attaches to the business end of the spring the same way.

    thimble, cable clamps.jpg
  9. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    STAINLESS steel eyebolt, double nutted on the bottom as a sort of fairlead.

    ALSO added for safeties sake, to help keep the spring contained in case of spring


  10. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 2,222

    Gate Assists Rear & Side Gate....Ordered 1 Ballard EZ Gate & Copied it for All the Trailers....Needs Mods but a Very Simple Design!

    Yes that's Snow!

    side gate2.jpg

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