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  • Need Source: Hinges for sloping driveway gate

    I know I've seen some on gates before, but not often. I've a friend with a driveway gate that needs to hinge toward the inside, but the driveway slopes upward, so either the gate has too large a gap under it, or hits the driveway shortly after starting to open.

    I've seen some sort of offset hinges that cause the gate to cant upwards as it opens. I think the times I've seen this were just to make the gate self-closing, but it seems like it would solve this problem as well.

    I know I could just design these myself and build them, but if there are some already out there, it might be worth it just to buy them. My local supplier doesn't have anything like them, and I just looked through the hardware section of King's Architectural with no luck.

  • #2
    Just offset the pivot points and allow for the angle that follows in the pins. Should be a piece of cake to get the same angle as the driveway. To get the pins oriented correctly, just use a straight edge between the holes.

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    • #3
      Yeah, if I build them myself, I'll add a piece to the bottom hinge to move it away from the axis of the gate by the appropriate amount. That way the gate stays plumb when closed.

      I'm just looking to see if anyone sells a pre-made one.

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      • #4
        What I use for offset hinges are heim joints, also called rod end bearings. They allow the movement necessary for the hinge to work effectively without having a bunch of slop in the action.

        How heavy is the gate?
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        • #5
          I’d be very interested in seeing something like this too MAC. Only thing I can think of is using a piece of pipe, cutting it at an angle. Assemble them when the gate is closed, the pipe is in it’s original position. As you push / pull on the gate one piece of the pipe will climb up the other. Then have a pin down through both pieces of pipe. Question is, can you put enough angle of the pipe, so the gate will climb / raise high enough? Another question, how much force would it take to open the gate? Would you have to build a push bumper for your car to open the gate?


          I sure could have used some hinges like this when I built this gate for my parents. It took my mom sometime to learn not to pull right up on the gate before pushing the button to open the gate.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by wroughtnharv View Post
            How heavy is the gate?
            Good question. Not very heavy. There are two leaves, each about 7 feet long, 4 feet high, made from square steel tubing. And I know the guy that made them (not me) was doing it as cheaply as he could, so I expect they are pretty light.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MAC702 View Post
              I know I've seen some on gates before, but not often. I've a friend with a driveway gate that needs to hinge toward the inside, but the driveway slopes upward, so either the gate has too large a gap under it, or hits the driveway shortly after starting to open.
              Mac,

              I don't have the answer for you, but I'm betting that Cary will. Give him a few minutes to get back from driving his golf cart around the strawberries. He'll have a way to make these hinges out of an old ball point pen, a skateboard wheel, and 2 sticks of chewing gum. It'll cost $.12 and work great.


              JD

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              • #8
                Wel 'em together, put down alevel "U" track, mount some rollers and top guides...."Sliding Gate!" (much easier to rig an opener to).
                "Good Enough Never Is"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Hotfoot View Post
                  Wel 'em together, put down alevel "U" track, mount some rollers and top guides...."Sliding Gate!" (much easier to rig an opener to).
                  I've done that before!

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                  • #10
                    mac,

                    I thought I saw some in Kings catalog as I was looking for other stuff. I'll see if I can find the Model #
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                    • #11
                      #39-swg-606 2000lbs

                      Uphill Swing Hinge 127.50 a pair

                      Page #369


                      or

                      http://www.kingmetals.com/default.as...ode=39-SWG-606
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                      • #12
                        Looking at the picture, I don't see how they would do the job or why they would be labeled "uphill swing."

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                        • #13
                          http://www.gate-opener.com/antech_UpHill.html

                          http://www.gatedepot.com/diagrams/uphill_hinge.htm and http://www.gatedepot.com/prod_hardwa..._uphill_1.html
                          http://www.gatedepot.com/sales_hardware_swing.html

                          This shows a picture of how those plain looking hinges are mounted to accommodate the uphill swing. Looks easy to duplicate with low cost materials. http://www.gatedepot.com/prod_hardwa..._uphill_hd.htm
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by usmcpop View Post
                            This shows a picture of how those plain looking hinges are mounted to accommodate the uphill swing. Looks easy to duplicate with low cost materials. http://www.gatedepot.com/prod_hardwa..._uphill_hd.htm
                            Ah, I see now, and that is exactly what I was picturing doing myself anyway! Now, I see more easily a way to do it. Exactly what I needed. Thanks for the brainstorm session!

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                            • #15
                              Glad you found what you needed Mac. Looking at the prices of those hinges, I am thinking I'm in the wrong business. What are they making those out of - platinum???

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