Pieced Pastimes: Pole Gate Entrance - Part 3 - Completion

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pole Gate Entrance - Part 3 - Completion

This is the third and final part of my Pole Gate Entrance post. Links to the two previous posts are below:
In this post, I will share how we did the on-site installation of the gate.
We arrived safely at the new property and are ready to start the installation.
My husband starts by digging the hole for the left side of the gate. Our youngest son checks the depth with the transit.
Once the hole is prepped and ready, the left gate is strapped and lifted from the trailer and carefully placed into the hole.
Contemplating his next move...
The swinging arm is pulled with a strap to turn the gate into it's approximate position.
Enough dirt is slowly added back into the hole to hold the post in position.
The gate post is then leveled and measured. Adjustments are made prior to filling the hole completely.
Once the post was in the correct position,  the remaining hole was filled in. Our other helper for the day was our youngest daughter.
The steps are now repeated for the right side of the gate. The post hole is dug.
The hole depth is measured.
The gate is chained and strapped to the excavator bucket....
....and lifted off the trailer.
The post is placed into the prepped hole.
The swinging arm is turned into the correct position. Final adjustments are made and the hole is filled in around the post.
Straying a bit from the gate installation, I  point out the rock placements beside the gate.
The rocks are gently pushed into position.
Contemplation seems to run in our family!
 
Where have the years gone...our youngest child, my baby now towers over me!
Satisfied with the rock placements, we are ready to get back on track with the gate.
The gate receives a few final adjustments.
Before I show you the completed gate, I thought you would like to see how the entrance looked before, when we first purchased the property. It was overgrown and unkempt, but we knew it had potential.
With a bit of love and attention, the entrance has now been renewed. The photo above shows the new gate installed and the metal hardware painted black.
Our last step on the gate was to stain all the wood a rich chocolate brown.
The gate is level and straight and opens easily with the touch of a finger. It should stand sturdy and strong for many years to come.
It's always nice to see the final fruits of our labor as it motivates us to move on to the next big project.

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10 comments:

  1. ooo its looks so nice! thats amazing!

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  2. Absolutely love it! Great job. :o)

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  3. It looks fabulous! What an elegant entrance to your property.

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  4. WOW!!!! It's beautiful!!! You must love it. :)

    -andi

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  5. Very cool, fabulous setting. Beautiful.

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  6. I luv it...
    Don't ya just love heavy equipment... We own an excavating and general contracting construction company and when the heavy equipment all arrives for something personal, I get all excited~!
    Looks AWESOME...
    Thanks for sharing it~!
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  7. I stand in awe of your husband's ability and skill with those HUGE poles and metalworking! When you said a "pole gate", I wasn't quite sure what you meant but what all of you have created is certainly a work of art. And *substantial*! :-) It's another example of how something so mundane and necessary can also be beautiful.

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  8. I stand in awe of your husband's ability and skill with those HUGE poles and metalworking! When you said a "pole gate", I wasn't quite sure what you meant but what all of you have created is certainly a work of art. And *substantial*! :-) It's another example of how something so mundane and necessary can also be beautiful.

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  9. amazing! It looks so dangerous! :) I mean putting it all together.

    what a beautiful gate!

    gail

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  10. I was oh so confused because I remember quite well your post about your new pole entrance awhile back because it was something that I truly loved and thought it was fascinating. I just thought you were giving details again but was surprised to learn that this is a NEW pole entrance, wow how exciting! Hubby is definitely great at this. The complementing pictures cracked me up but hey... with something of this magnitude you sure don't want to go wrong!

    Loved watching this process again. Even though we will never be able to do this, I really enjoyed reading how you do it. Thanks for sharing~

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