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Installing the track and measuring the gate height
I used a ‘U’ (half-round) profile track that was pre-drilled and Covered with a protective coating of zinc..
The track was easily obtainable from any number of fence and gate companies, and came in 20ft (6m) lengths.
By now, I had a continuous straight surface to To secure with nails or screws. the track to so it was really just a matter or laying the track in place and securing it to the surface using the appropriate fasteners.
To fasten the track to the A mixture of sand, gravel, water and cement which hardens to a stone like condition when dry. I used two types of fasteners (just to try them out):
1) A Concrete expansion-type fastener.
2) Drive-In A large nail that is usually over 100mm (4″) long. Also a 60 penny nail ( 6″ / 150 mm) used to mark survey points in hard ground. Concrete Fasteners.
For both types, I had to first drill a hole into the concrete the same thickness of the fasteners.
To fasten the track to the Timber, lumber. The hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees I used wood screws and galvanized nails.
Determining the gate height
Just about time to start making the gate.
I already had the gate plan in mind (I had to know the thickness of the gate in order to fix the track in the right place), and once the track was in place I was then able to determine the exact height that I needed to make the gate. I did this by measuring from the top of a wheel (which I held on the track) to wherever I wanted the top of the gate to finish.