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Posted by jb on February 15th, 2001 02:37 PM
In reply to Iron Gate Installation by Danni on February 15th, 2001 11:38 AM [Go to top of thread]

I would tend toward sinking a pressure treated 4x6 into a "Sonno tube" (a very large cardboard tube used as a form for a poured concrete footing, available at any home center) and go down 4 feet for adequate support and/or frost protection. Another way to do it, that would prevent you from ever having to re-do the post b/c of rot (although the PT 4x6 should last quite a while) would be to embed a piece of pvc pipe down the center of your concrete footing so that a steel or iron post could be slipped into it. The assumption would be that if the metal post rotted then you could at least remove it and slip a new one in without re-doing the entire footing. You might want to cut a slot into the top of the pvc pipe to act as a "keyway" for a bolt through the metal pipe so that it wouldn't easily spin inside the pvc pipe.

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