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Subject:Re: Starting gate
Date:Tue, 11 Jun 2002 15:54:09 -0700 (PDT)
From: aaron mell - email@example.com
I had a wooden starting gate in my back yard.
You can nail a 2x6 or 2x8 on the back of the gate to get
a decent angle, also add some braces. i think i have a
better way to do the actuall starting mechanism as well.
One the 2x6 or 2x8 you add to the back of the gate,
extend it a foot past one side of the gate. Get a 2x4
and drill a hold through the wide part of the 2-4 also
drill a hole through the side of the gate near the top
of the gate. Then get a long bolt and attatch the 2x4
to your gate.
Have someone lift the gate up and sit the 2x4 on the
extended 2x6 draw a notch on both the 2x4 and the 2x8
cut the notch on the 2x4 about an inch or so deep and
the notch on the 2x8 the same. now you can lift the gate
up put the 2x4 in the notch and lift the 2x4 up to get
it too drop.
This worked fine on my gate that fits two. I think if
the gate was any bigger you would need a central pole.
It might have to be made of a stronger material than
wood, or have some metal used around the notches.