chain link gate - feasible?

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Old 05-20-18, 06:40 AM
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chain link gate - feasible?

Looking to enclose backyard with 6' chainlink which would include garage. I need a chain link gate for the driveway. The opening is 17'.

Is a MANUAL gate that size feasible? I guess a one piece gate is what I had in mind.

Would that be something that needs to be custom built or do they come as prefabricated sizes like that?

When having a fence built would a gate that size be a considerable addition to the cost?
 
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Old 05-20-18, 08:57 AM
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The gate is always an added cost, but is inherent with the building of the fence that needs a gate. And yes a 17 foot wide gate would cost more than typical gate. Have you considered a double gate that latches in the middle. That way you can open only half until the whole 17 feet is needed. How often will you need the 17 foot wide opening? If not often you can have a manway entrance built into the main gate.

I have a wood fence surrounding my yard and have the need to move an eight foot wide trailer in and out twice a year. The half gate does a perfect job. The four foot section serves as the main entrance.
 
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If I remember correctly a standard chain link vehicle gate is two 5' gates [10' total] If you want a single gate it should be on rollers instead of hinges.
 
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6' x 10' double swing gate to get a car thru, thats what I am looking for. Hopefully thats not going to be a decision I will regret trying to get a car in and out of the garage.

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4' gates are the standard, I suspect anything taller would be custom.
 
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A chain link fence company can fabricate any size gate you want.
 
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If the rest of my fencing is 6' do you think its a waste of money to even enclose the rest with 4' gate? The height in that section would be my weakest link! (pun intended).

I think of a 4' fence as something to keep the dog in the yard rather than tresspassers out.
 
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I think of a 4' fence as something to keep the dog in the yard rather than tresspassers out.
I think it depends on the dog. Years back I left my boarder collie with my daughter in her 6 foot high fenced in yard. It was waiting for her at the front door!
 
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Home Depot sells a few different sized gates, I have a a 4' x 6', and a 4'x4' chain link gate both have stood up very well, no signs of rust.
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A swinging gate of the size you propose is absolutely feasible, you just have to have a wheel on the end opposite the hinges. Spring-loaded if the ground is not close to level.

https://www.google.com/search?q=spri...h=648&dpr=1.09
 
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Form some reason the OP stated he did not want a wheel. Don't know why.
 
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Just a wheel like shown in link is fine.... i thought you were refering to a overhead track with pulleys or something.
 
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If you are planning to install 1 panel gate with a 17 foot opening and that fence is 4 foot , 5 foot or 6 foot in height you would need to use a minimum of a 4 inch diameter, heavy schedule 40 pipe... And that post would have to be in the ground at least 3 feet deep... and the cement base for that post should be at least 24 inches in diameter.
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'That is how you hold up a gate of that size... And you should have a hook up of chain link next to that post, pulling that post in the opposite direction of the weight of the gate.

Wheels work but the post and the cement base is everything... If you go skimpy on the cement or you skimp on the size of the post or even the thickness of the post the wheel is only going to work short term... Sooner or later that gate will fail.

If you want to install something that large do it right..... If you do it right its less likely that gate will fail in operation somewhere down the line. If you do it wrong that gate could very well fall off the hinges and hurt someone while they are trying to open the gate.

And yes... 17 feet long... 6 foot high... I would definitely suggest going with a rail system ... sliding that gate from one side or the other, or both sides.. meeting in the middle.
But if you choose a slide gate and you absolutely must have a 17 foot opening you would have to set your posts at least 21 feet apart inside measurement... This allows for the gates in their fully open position to have about a 17 foot opening between gates...
If you need more information feel free to ask... I would be happy to assist as much as possible...

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A 17 foot sliding gate also needs 17 feet of clear space inside in a straight line to accomodate the gate in the open position.
 
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