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Robert
Chain link double gate closure issue
Robert

I'm looking for another method of securing the chain link double gate separating my driveway from my backyard. It currently has a rod that slides into a pipe in the ground. Problem is the pipe is always filling up with dirt and preventing the rod from sliding down far enough for the latch to engage the locking mechanism. The pipe has to be cleaned out frequently and is a messy job. There has to be another way or some way to prevent the dirt from always filling up the pipe. Anyone have any ideas?

A. Spruce
Re: Chain link double gate closure issue
A. Spruce

You could slide a grommet on your pin and push it down to contact the hole when in the closed position. When the gate is open, you're kind of out of luck.

Compressed air or garden hose should clear the hole with ease.

ed21
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ed21

Can the pipe be raised up an inch or two so water and dirt doesn't flow into it. Or weld, epoxy on a new piece or replace the pipe with a longer one.

dj1
Re: Chain link double gate closure issue
dj1

How about using a shop vac to get the dirt out of the pipe more frequently, and don't let the dirt accumulate inside the pipe.

Fencepost
Re: Chain link double gate closure issue
Fencepost

Shorten the rod. The rod doesn't need to go all the way to China, an inch or two would suffice. For stability the pipe needs to go deeper but you could fill it to a couple of inches from the top with gravel or concrete. It would be easier to clean out an inch or two rather than six or eight.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Chain link double gate closure issue
Mastercarpentry

Get out that drill and chuck up an old 7/8" auger bit then have at it. If there's gravel in there the bit might catch solidly so hang on tight! If you do get stick drill with a 1/2" auger bit first- it should clear the rocks, then you can go after the dirt. It's the only easy and quick way I've found to handle this issue. And that gate rod does need to go deep into the hole. It's a soft steel and it will bend if pushed and pop out without it being socketed at least 6 inches into that hole.

The problem is that the socket pipe can't be much above ground level or it becomes a trip hazard, while most unsurfaced driveways are depressed in the middle so that water and debris wash in with every rain. You just have to live with it but if your auger bit is long enough, you shouldn't need to do this but a few times a year.

Phil

dj1
Re: Chain link double gate closure issue
dj1

Even without knowing the size of the gate, I agree with phil that the pipe should be about 6" long, not 2" as suggested before.

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