Finding the appropriate measurements for your new gate may seem daunting, but the process is quite simple. The first step is to take the overall width of your opening/gate and add exactly 13” to the length of your gate.
So if you are ordering a 16’ wide gate, all you have to do is add 13” to the width to find out how far apart you have to place your piles. In this particular example, it would be 17’1” centre to centre of your concrete piles.
The piles should be 8’ to 10’ deep with a 12” diameter, depending on the soil type, and they should be reinforced with two lengths of 10mm rebar. The rebar must be dead centre within the piling, so you don’t hit it with a hammer drill when installing your gate. As for the pile caps, they need to be 14” x 14” x 10” deep in order for your gate to be properly installed. The piles need to be in-line with each other and level. They should also be level and parallel with your driveway.
Once you have received your gate, you will need a concrete hammer drill to fasten the gate to your already poured and set concrete piles.
If you choose to install your gate yourself and have specific questions about the process, please feel free to contact us. We would be glad to assist you.
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