We’re almost at the end of our concrete fence project. So far, we’ve covered everything from buying the lot to securing the walls from trespassers with steel spikes. This time, I’d like to show you our gates and explain how they came about.
We have two gates: what the locals call a “man” gate and the main gates for the driveway.
Enter: The Gates
The gates were originally proposed by the architect as units. We were given (and accepted) a single price of ₱23,200.00 for them. At the time, the architect had planned to have them fabricated on-site from angle bar and local Philippine yakal wood. The crew would also make basic pin hinges for them on-site.
When it came time to start work on them, the architect realized that his design would never be strong enough to support the tough, dense yakal wood.
He redesigned the gates using “tubular” steel. What “tubular” is here is hollow rectangular steel and not round tubing as the name suggests. The frames would be tubular with angle bar flanges around the inside that would be drilled to accept bolts that would hold the yakal slats in place.
The architect tried to stay with the site-fabricated pin hinges but his foreman realized that the gates would be far too heavy to swing smoothly for long. We wound up with heavy-duty ball bearing hinges.
The weight of the gates became a real problem later. In the drawing above, you can see that the right-hand auto gate and the “man gate” were supposed to both be hung on one skinny column. Because there is a rambutan tree that we refused to part with inside the lot at that point, a short section of wall was added and the man gate was moved over about six feet.
Even with the added footing and wall, that section of wall wobbled under the weight of both gates. We had to have the area around the finished wall excavated and a much larger footing poured.
Below is a set of photos showing what the gates looked like during fabrication and after installation.
Sun and Gate Photo credit: Hernan Piñera via Foter.com / CC BY-SA