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Fence Gate Opener Question

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by BSDeality, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. JRS Landscaping

    JRS Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 817

    my father does commerical gate operators they make a swing open type which i think is nicer be cause of the easy to work on and set up i know the gto pro in northern catalog are crap. he gets them for some place called power door i belive its outta ny but they are expensive and have to be hard wired

    FATWEASEL LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 326

    Matt, just some broad measurements but I've got a 2x6x8 (1.5"x5.5"x96") .25 pcf pressure treated wood that is 24 lbs. It's dry but it's still 'green'. That equates to 5.5 board feet which equals 4.36 lbs per board foot.

    I can't tell but it looks like you got 5/8 pickets and I'm assuming at least three 2x4 rails (14ft) and three 2x4 post/braces (6ft)....you are looking at roughly 343 pounds of fence.

    That is a really rough estimate but it's probably good for +/- 20 pounds based on the material I figured. Hope it helps some.

  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    if its 343 lbs I must be HEMAN :weightlifter: :cool2:

    You're pretty close in your assumptions but the fence in not PT with the exception of the plywood, and they're 1x3 braces. I guess I could weigh the a remaining section of the fence and multiply it to 14' ft to get a rough estimate.

    ED'S LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 361

    I am also going to put an electric opener on my fence thinking of going with the mighty mule. Opener, battery, solar glass, and 2 extra transmitters around $750 from tractor supply.

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    Could you install a pole in concrete next to road side of the fence. The pole would have to be taller than your fence and run a steel cable from top pf pole to the end of gate near your home to take the weight off of that end
    I think would help you but that my two cents.:waving:
  6. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    I do have a diagonal cable on it. The problem is that the fence is so wobbly it just bends and bows. I would have to make a complete 2x4 form to transfer the load and keep the fence straight. I will see if I can get another picture later if its not raining showing my current brace, splice and cable setup.

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