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tws

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548 days ago

greetings lumberjocks,

i am stuck and unsure where to get the proper gate closer for my just completed project.

i bought a wright door closer and immediately discovered it would not fit the type of gate i have.

here are some images that i hope will illuminate what i’ve got going on.

the post-hanger type hinges swing the gate outward and make the wright style of closer useless.

can any one suggest or point me towards the correct gate closer?

thanks for an excellent forum.

tws


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ralmand

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#1 posted 548 days ago

I have installed Norton 1601 Door closers on wooden gates several times. You may have to add a board or do a little modification (hard to tell by the pictures) but they work great.

-- Randy, Allen Texas

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TeamTurpin

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#2 posted 548 days ago

Colonial fence/gate builders would hang a cannon ball and a chain for a gate closer. If you want to do something unique and artsy, you could do the same thing here. Just find a heavy object that fits the style of your work. Unconventional, but could look cool. Just a thought.

-- http://www.teamturpin.org/house/shop.htm

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tws

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#3 posted 548 days ago

thanks ralmand i’ll check the norton out…

wow, team turpin what a great idea… a canon ball. or sash weight, or the possibilities are endless…

thank you both for your input.

tws

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tws

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#4 posted 548 days ago

thanks everyone for your input… i’ve discovered another possible alternative via gateshut dot net… a really rather elegant solution employing a gate closer spring.

tws

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Dark_Lightning

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#5 posted 547 days ago

I used hinges with springs in them, but in general don’t like to slam a gate. The two gates in question, one in the east side yard, has the Stanley wind-up hinges. It closes gently, due to the adjustable springs. The one leading to the front door (it is ornamental iron, with chicken wire, not cedar like the other one) has a screen door closer on it, which has been there for years (I didn’t expect that, due to corrosion issues). Both closers are installed to allay my wife’s worry about our two stupid little Maltese dogs running out and getting squished by a car.

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masonflores98

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#6 posted 405 days ago

automatic gate closer is helpful and important invention that closes door aromatically. Automatic Door closer does not need any motor or electric power to close the door. I get automatic gate closer from this website online.

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runswithscissors

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#7 posted 404 days ago

The weight from a chain is a great idea. But instead of a cannon ball (not so easy to find nowadays, unless you live near a coastal city and could find a downrigger weight like fishermen use), you could hang one of those useless old crappy tools that otherwise might have to go to a landfill or go to a CL customer whom you’d have to pay to haul it away. Get some use out of that piece of junk after all.

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oldnovice

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#8 posted 404 days ago

I used a 14” piece of 2” DWV plastic pipe filled with sand and capped for my old gate.

I glued the cap on one end filled it with sand, and glued the other end on (which I had fitted with a screw eye) through the cap for the connection to the chain.

I suppose you could go all the way to 4” DWV if needed.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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tws

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#9 posted 403 days ago

this has been a great thread… i got and installed the gate closer for my cedar gate but it is not suited for this heavy a gate… it clacks and pops and is generally not good… i think i’ll go to the chain and ball or sash weight described above…

thanks for a great forum.

tws

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