Eric Thompson wrote:Haha! The Pacific Northwest had a very wet June and here we are in July with no forecast to go over 70 degrees for at least a week!
Itybt Fox wrote:
D Nikolls wrote:Junk.
Like, anything that isn't toxic, that you can grab for free or better yet get paid to haul away.
Start making some shade and windbreaks.
Would earthworks be better? Ya, if you can find a way to do them for free!
Yes, however i am too old to move the material needed to create those dirt/lumber/whaterver/ windbreaks. Im not lift more than 5 pounds, lol too funny. I had thought to hire a dozer and have them just dig up dirt and move it into tall piles around me, creating shelter. I have not priced that out, but yes would be nice. I dont know how tall or the appropriate places to put them. I do have a dump load of river rocks from a belly truck? they gave them to me for just the cost of the gas, they wanted to get rid of them. My land is pretty much rock free, the is a little lava here and there, but not like in some areas where its solid. and they are small pieces.
I can get laval rock delivered, i have some broken road i got for free too, was going to use as the foundation for my straw bale barn. never got finished, Id build the walls up go to work and come home to find them on the ground. i gave up , i believe someone was knocking them over when i was gone. They were stacked and ready for the mud. My neighbors were not friendly and even stole my out building while i was at work one day, they left the roof for another day and took all the walls. it was a metal building from a kit? 16 x i dont rem now, quit large. nice, sorry i digress again!
I cant build a pond, there isnt enough rainfall here for one. I have some rights to irrigate 1/4 acre but it requires a well, which is 20k i dont have. The water was supposed to be only 50 feet down and 100 for cleaner, but when it came time to put it in its 300 ft down. so .. yeah.
Rufus Laggren wrote:> adjust bolt....
Well, when one side of a gate moves (you adjust it at the hinge) the other side will move too (at the "latch"). That OK? How big do you think that tree will grow?
My take. Adjusting it may be possible, but it might not work as planned. IOW, a hassle. And a hassle that is like a "balloon payment" - everything nice for a couple years until... The other shoe falls. By which time you have forgotten your ingenious Plan. And by that time lots of things may have changed and "adjusting" may not be quite so clean and clear.
The more I think about the more I think it would be much better to use the tree as some kind of lateral support but not as the main structure for the gate post. That should allow setting a bi-pod (w/center post to mount the hinges) on the ground with relatively little penetration; then use the tree to take the torque of the hanging gate with a long rod, lag or bolt. Well, there's need for a force diagram and anchor design. But because of the speed w/which trees can "move" and the ease w/which we forget and stuff like that, my inclination is to keep that gate post away from the tree.
A note on those pintle hinges. They _really_ like to rotate (after installation). So keeping the bolt oriented in the plane of the closed gate will help keep the gate hanging more or less where it started out. As opposed to installing the bolt (into something) at right angles to the plane of the closed gate. That gate will sag instantly as the bolts rotate. Yes, I've done both. There is still sag when the gate is opened, but... Well, take your choice. I guess an argument could be made either way.
That other thing is cut one of the hinge pins 1/4-3/8" shorter than the other so you don't have to get them both in at the exact same instant when hanging the gate. OR set the top pintle that much higher than "right". That will let you set the top pin first, but it also means that top pintle carries _all_ the weight - and the bottom pintle is just there as a guide. Both the gate frame and the hinge post have to be ok with this.
James Freyr wrote:Cool, thanks for the reply. Is the gate still operating like it did at the beginning?