Well, we decided we needed a gate at the base of our 1500 yard long, bumpy , dirt driveway. (We’ll attack the ‘bumpy’ part at another time.)
It’s been great to have a 30 acres of wooded land surrounded by several hundred acres of pristine undeveloped land.
Despite the bliss of the isolation, we decided a gate would add that extra notice that says, we don’t really want any unplanned visitors.
We went with a 16′ livestock gate from Home Depot. After debating how…and if… we could load it on the back of our truck and then drive an hour to our place, we decided to have it delivered. It was a great choice. It would have been nearly impossible to somehow rig a way to support it without demolishing the truck, the gate or both. The Home Depot delivery guys were great.
We started with two 8 foot metal poles that we dropped into 4 foot holes we had a local guy dig for us. He had a Bobcat with an attachment that made short work of the holes it would have taken us days to dig.
We bought 8 bags of ready mixed cement, added water to them and we’re ready to fill the holes the pipes were in. We made sure the poles were level and had enough exposed above ground to accommodate the gate.
At this point we figure we earned a break and chilled with our friends Becky and Erika enjoying the warm sunny day and the view.
After letting the cement dry for a week, we were ready hang the gate. Of course it rained all day and we got a little cold but, it’s what we do when we have a house in the foothills. The outside work is still there, rain or shine.
We drilled two 3/4″ holes for the hinge-bolts and assembled it. Marc loved using his new drill and before long, we were done. From beginning to end it took us about 4 hours to install the poles, mix the cement, and assemble everything.
Next we’ll be adding a solar powered gate opener. Because even though the house is in the foothills, we like to add modern conveniences whenever it makes our lives so much easier.