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    Mounting a gate to a galv post

    Hey guys,

    I have a gate (not ultra heavy, Bamboo panel mounted on galv steel frame, At a guess.. 25kg?)

    I need to mount said gate onto a concreted into ground post. The gate was originally mounted to brickwork (hollow sandstoney type bricks, terrible idea) as a temporary measure which it subsequently pulled apart because someone left it open

    Was thinking some self drilling metal hex screws on three hinges with three holes in each should do the trick but am a bit paranoid that they may fail and I need to go with hinges welded on - inconvenient as I'm no welder..

    Gate needs to put up with three energetic, big dogs pounding on it, the pole the hinges will mount to sits behind the gate so there wouldn't be any lateral stress on them when the gate's closed (which will be always other than access).

    Gate post is around 3ft deep, latch post around 1ft but ground is basically sand, hoping they will be strong enough over time (seem to be) any ideas welcome

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    Provided you are confident in the post holding the gate (if not, reset into as large a footing as you are willing to dig and pour), once the hinges are mounted, you could then put a piece of timber over said hinges (full length of post) and bolt that bad boy to the post all the way through (obviously not obstructing the hinges). Steel would be even better but hardwood set 30mm off the ground is cheap and easy.

    Hinges have nowhere to go then, only the post can fail.

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    use decent size hinges and instead of self tapping tech screws that are useless use bigger screws and pre drill a hole.
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    Drill a hole through both sides and use long bolts.
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    Is it worth finding someone who can weld to do the job so that it's done well?
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    I bought a 10x10cm post from Bunnings and dug it in real deep with no concrete. I put a strap from the top of the post to a Locksin in the bricks to stop it sagging. I put two of those latches on the gate, the bottom one to stop the dog from pushing it through. I just ran a bit of wire up next to the other latch so I can release them both at the same time. I lubricate the hinges with Inox because everybody knows how much I lurve Inox.
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    If it's a decent metal post and you use decent sized Tek screws into the post then there shouldn't be any reason it wont hold the hinges on for years
    I'd me worried about the post sagging over time if not in deep enough but 3' should be enough, I'd be concreting the latch post as well given it's only 1' in the ground
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