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DRIVEWAY GATES

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DRIVEWAY GATES SPECIFICATIONS
   
 
 
OPTION #1  
 

wood gates PDF Specifications

* Wood Gate Stops

* Setting Your Post

* Setting Jambs to Columns

* Setting Jambs to Steel Posts

wood gates CPW Gate Hardware

* Rocky Mountain Hardware

* Optional Bronze Hardware

wood gates Hydraulic Gate Closers

* Lockey TB175

* Lockey TB200

* Lockey TB600

wood gates Automated Armature Motors

* Appollo 1500 * FAAC

* Viking G5

* Viking G5 Video

* Elite Miracle One

wood gates Security Access

* Magna Lock  


 


wood gates NON-AUTOMATED
Option #1 Driveway Gates are limited to 12' overall width between columns or posts and do not require a steel frame. Gates are at 2-1/4" thickness, and mounting with the bronze 4" ball-bearing hinge to either Wood 6x6 posts, Steel posts, or jambs that are provided by Prowell and mounted to masonry columns.

They normally utilize the same latch options and configurations as a pedestrian gate.

They are installed with the same procedure as a double pedestrian gate.

Gate openings of up to 12' overall between posts or columns are two gate leaves at 6' maximum each, which weigh approximately 125 lbs ea, depending on the gate style.

Hinges are surface-mounted to the posts/jambs and gate to insure air flow on all six sides of the gate.


Driveway Gate style #12 hinged to surfaced 6x6 posts. Stops mounted to the posts simply to conceal the hinge gap. Requires a cane bolt mounted to the inside of the fixed gate (normally the left gate), as well as a gate latch.
Automation for wood driveway gates

Driveway Gate #20, hiinged to 6x6 posts. Each gate leaf at 61" wide x 60" high. Functions as if it were a pedestrian double gate, using the Rocky Mountain latch, a Coastal Bronze cane bolt on the property side of the left, fixed gate, and three bronze ball-bearing hinges.

About half of you opt for a matching dummy latch on the left gate. Although providing symmetry, it can also confuse the first-time visitor as to which of the gates is the working gate.

  wood gates AUTOMATED

Prowell Woodworks does not provide automation for our Driveway Gates.
The below specs are for your general information.

Automated Driveway Gates are the common default. Option #1 gates can utilize the low-profile armature style motors that are rated for gates that do not exceed approximately 700 lbs, depending on the manufacturer.

The more common armature style motors:


APPOLLO 1500

Mounted to the post with screws and the bottom rail of the gates, oreferably with through-boltd.

Mounted on the property side of the gates swing in toward the property.

Mounted to the street side if the gates swing out toward the street.

 

 

 

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Automation for wood driveway gates #16
APPOLLO GATE MOTOR
wood gates The Appollo 1500 equipped with an elbow, mounted on the property side, pushing the gates open toward the street.


FAAC
wood gates FAAC shown mounted from Prowell's Column to a steel frame.Automation for wood driveway gates in Berkeley wood gates FAAC shown mounted on 6x6 posts to the gate's bottom rails

driveway gate motors
FAAC GATE MOTOR  
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VIKING--G5
Shown installed to a steel frame

Automation for wood driveway gates
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Viking G5 gate motor
     



 

DRIVEWAY GATES
 
 
 
OPTION #2  
 

* Step by Step Installation Text

* Extentuating Circumstances

wood gates PDF Specifications--sketches

* T-Bar Mounted to Column Core

* T-Bar with Knuckle Type Hinge

wood gates Automation Motors--sketches

* In-Ground Operators

* In-Ground Operators #2

wood gates Automation Motors--Links --In-Ground

* Viking 18 Dual
--Viking 18 Video

* SEA Compact 1600

* FAAC
--FAAC Video

--Above Ground (Pad Mounted)

* Viking F1

* Elite Roboslide


 

* Option #2 gates are always automated.
* With the exception of the In-Ground motors, automation can be added at any time after the driveway gates are installed.
* With the exception of In-Ground motors, Option #2 motors are pad-mounted. Armature style motors are often insufficient.
* All Option #2 Driveway Gates are mounted to an exposed hollow tube steel frame.Normally 2" x 2".
* Steel frame can require a vertical piece that is place so the motor arm can be mounted.
* Hinge styles weld to the steel frame
* Hinging off steel posts or steel core masonry columns.Wood posts are insifficient.

* The hinge system is at the discretion of the installer or automation contractor. We will provide any plates or mounts upon request. Whatever hinge system s preferred, We will require the specified clearance, which in turn determines our net gate widths.

STEEL FRAMES
wood gates Driveway Gates #13. Dua pad-mounted motors for a bi-parting swing. Motor arms welded to vertical steel supports
wood gates Driveway Gates #19. A 26' overall span. Two bi-parting steel frames. Four wood gates mounted to the frame. Pad-mounted motors.
wood gates Driveway Gates #16-5 as a single span steel frame as well as the wood gate. Viking G-5 armature motor
wood gates Driveway Gates #6-2. With arched top rails, the steel frame aligns to the highest horizontal rail. Here the middle hoirontal steel rail happens to align with the motor arms.
OPTION #2 HINGES
wood gatesKnuckle Hinge
The most common hinge, swings with stainless ball-bearings. Shown with the steel post, the hinges, and the steel frame have all been painted
  wood gatesA Typical Counsel Type Hinge. One edge welds to the steel post or a steel mounting bar, and the other, concave edge welds to the gate plate. A much less commonly used hinge.   wood gates Mounted to a round steel post and to the exposed plate for an embedded Option #3 gate  
 
T-BARS

wood gatesTypically the T-Bar is welded to the column core 6x6 hollow steel post as the columns are being built. It extends beyond the stone longer than necessary and is cut (torched) to the correct length when welding the hinge system and exposed steel frame.

  wood gatesNormally there are two T-Bars, accommodating two hinges. Below they have elected for three T-bars, and three hinges.   wood gates If your columns are existing, there is always the chance that it may not have been built with a steel post core. Because it's hard to know, your contractors may make a judgment based on the age of the columns and elect to either set new steel posts to the inside behind the columns and hinge the gate from that. The older existing stone columns are a gamble--they may or may not be worthy of supporting the new gate over the long haul.  
 
           
 

DRIVEWAY GATES
 
 
 
OPTION #3  
 

* Ditec ' Cubic' In-Ground Automation

* Ditec ' Cubic' Technical Manual PDF

* Ditec PDF info for all Ditec motors and applications

wood gates
PDF Sketches
Cubic 6H-6HV In-Ground

* Bottom Mount

* Top Mount

 

 


 

* Option #3 gates are always automated.
* The construction process is essentially four gates. Each gate leaf is two fully constructed and mortised gates that are routed to accept the inner steel, and then laminated
together to create a 3" total thickness.
* With the exception of the In-Ground motors, automation can be added at any time after the driveway gates are installed.
* With the exception of In-Ground, heavy duty pad-mounted motors are required.
* All Option #3 Driveway Gates have their steel frames invisibly embedded within the framework of the wood gate.
* Hinges weld to steel plate exposed along the edge of the gates.
* Hinging off steel posts or steel core masonry columns.

* The hinge system is at the discretion of the installer or automation contractor. Prowell will provide any plates or mounts upon request. Whatever hinge system is preferred, Prowell will require from the installer their preferred clearance, which in turn determines our net gate widths.

 

METHODOLOGY
wood gates A few years of trial and error prototypes lead to Option #3, allowing greater spans without visible steel reinforcement.
Below we see half of one gate leaf before the mirrored half is laminated in place.
How to embed steel frames into wood driveway gates
IN-GROUND MOTORS

wood gates Driveway Gate Styl #34 shows the hinge edge, with the lower In-Ground pivot hinge and the top stationary pivot hinge.

 

wood gates A closer look at the In-Ground motor as it appears once installed.

The CUBIC 6H-6HV for heavy duty use--- by Ditec Entrematic


wood gates The bottom pivot plate, mortised in at the specified distance to align with the In-Ground housing.       wood gatesThe top diameter pivot pin, set to align with the top stationary pivot hinge plate. Wewlded to the primary embedded structural frame
PAD-MOUNTED MOTORS
wood gates For embedded steel gates opting for standard pad-mounted motors we mortise a small mounting plate welded and mortised out from the primary steel to accept the motor arm.
  wood gatesAnd to weld the knuckle hinges to the T-Bars or steel posts we weld a mounting plate to the inner embedded frame, leaving it proud of the wood so the welding on site doesn't burn the cedar.
steel reinforced driveway gates
embedded steel frames for wood driveway gates
wood gates Shown again here, with the knuckle hinge welded to the plate, and the round steel post.
 
 
 

DRIVEWAY GATES
 
 
 
OPTION #4  
 

 

* Step by Step Full Installation Text

* Extentuating Circumstances

wood gates PDF Specifications--sketches

*Plan View of Typical Set-up

wood gates Automation Motors--Links

*Polaris SL2000

*Elite Roboslide

 

 


 

* Wood gates surface-mounted to single-span exposed steel frames. 
* As a single action slide or bi-parting away from the center.
* You must have the parallel clearance equaling the gate span. 
* The gate will ride on a 1" V-Track installedby your contractor into the driveway surface and extending the span of the slide.
* The gate's vertical alignment is by either dual rollers mounted to the post/co,umn, or a secondary track running parallel to the slide direction.

DUAL POSTS--BI-PARTING SLIDE

wood gates Driveway Gate #29 shows dual steel posts with mounted dual rollers. The gates part away from the center on a track that extends the width of each gate to the left and right, utilizib=ng adjustable height rollers that are bolted or welded to the wood gates.

Because these gates are only 72" width each, the need for a steel frame was not required. If the overall is beyond 12', bi-parting sliding gates DO require that each gate be mounted onto a steel frame.

If they were sliding together as a single gate to the left or right, a single-span steel frame would be required.

how to install a sliding wood driveway gate
ALIGNMENT ROLLERS

wood gates Example of the Dual Rollers riding on a Secondary Alignment Track. The rollers are welded or bolted to the gate's steel frame, and sandwich the lower secondary to maintain the gate's vertical alignment. This requires you have the space needed for the lower secondary track, usually set at a height of about 20"-24" off grade.

 

wood gates The steel frame is a single span frame, exposed on the property side, with the two wood gate leaves surface-mounting onto the frame. Upon approach, it appears as a standard bi-parting double driveway gate.

 


wood gates Examples of dual rollers mounted to the back of the columns or posts. In this set-up, the rollers ride across the top of the wood gate.   wood gates The advantage is the elimination of the secondary track shown above. The disadvantage is the possibility of the rollers blemishing the wood finish over time
sliding wood driveway gates
Sliding driveway gate rollers
 

DRIVEWAY GATES
 
 
 
OPTION #5  
 

 

* Step by Step Installation Text

* Extentuating Circumstances

wood gatesPDF Specifications


Various Mounting Applications

wood gates To Driveway Gates

*To Embedded Steel Frame

*To Exposed Steel Frame

*Mount to Lighted Columns

*Mount to Unlighted Column

wood gatesTo Pedestrian Gates

*To Wood Posts

*To Steel Post

*Center Mount

 

 

 


 

Prowell's Columns arrive with one side temporarily in place.  Removed on site to allow the column to slip over a wood or steel post.  The columns are sized with blocking to fit your specified site post. The standard outside dimension is 10-1/8" square.  Lighted columns arrive with the low-voltage fixture in place and the wiring left stubbed out at the bottom of the column for junctioning to the source. .

wood gates Fitting the 3-sided column around a steel post.

 

wood gates The Columns arrive with blocks furred to a snug fit to the given specifications of the site post.

driveway gate post wraps
driveway gate column
wood gates A Column mortised to accept a hinge support that has been welded to the steel post.    wood gates The adjustable Sleeve Hinge shown mortised through the column for an In-Ground Operator
wood drive gate hinges
driveway gate hinge
wood gates In-Ground Operators require a hinge placement to pivot on the top of the gate.  Prowell provides the steel plate mounted to the top of the gate stile.   wood gates Knuckle style hinge shown mortised through the column and welded to the edge of the steel frame.
drive gate hinges
 
hinges for wood driveway gates
     
 

 

 

INSTALLATION REFERRALS
   
 
 
 
   

 

*A Word About Installation

* Full Installation Manual


 

What we've learned over the past few decades:

1) Reccommending and installer who may have been involved with another of our projects in any given area intimates thate we know and trust him, when in fact we know nothing of him. He was simply the installer secured by a previous homeowner to install their project.

2) Reccommending an installer we've never met who consequently visits your site is to present this installer as your first and only face-to-face conection to Prowell Woodorks. He may show up late, or not at all or perform the work ingloriously. He may be rude or unintelligent. His behavior impacts your impression of Prowell Woodworks.

3) Third-party installers regularly attempt to sway the homeowner against Prowell Woodworks in lieu of being hired to provide a facsimile of the same work themselves for a better price. Facsimile is the key here. We've lost innimerable projects due to this phenomenon. The homeowner must often be determined, insisting on what they want.

4) Reccommending an installer associates Prowell Woodworks with that installer as if we were business associates and therefore liable for his or her workmanship.

5) We will often hear from whomever you eventually hire. They will call or write to check specifications or present a list of questions, which we will answer promptly. There is no link to competency or incompetency between those who reach out with questions and those who do not. What we can determine, from contact with your installer by phnoe or email, is their level of skill. Their level of experience in the trade.

6) Homeowners who are their own installers should understand they are welcome to call or write with their own questions and concerns, before or during their installation. For the most part, we will review that process over the course of your order. It should be noted that approximately half of all gate orders are installed by the homeowner themselves. Driveway Gate installations are best performed by qualified carpenters or contractors. The majority of fence installations are performed by carpenters or contractors, although it's not uncommon for the homeowner to approach this.

7) With your finished product will arrive a packet that will include: Appropriate Installation Guides; A reminder sheet of the most common mistakes made during installation; and the same dimensioned drawings that were originally approved prior to fabrication in the shop.

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