Double Drive gates


11 Nov 2006
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United Kingdom

first time poster, so please excuse me if this sounds stupid!

I have an opening across my drive which I have built double wooden gates about 6 foot high. My problem is high wind blowing gates open, and this morning actually breaking 3 of the down pieces off. I don't use the drive, but need access for bins, etc, and the main reason for the gates is to stop the kids getting out the garden when they are playing..

Should I:

1. Make the gaps in the gates wider to allow the wind to blow through, rather than catching like a kite.

2. Fit heavy springs to keep the gates closed (would this work?).

3. Mixture of 1 and 2.

4. forget about gates in the winter!

Thanks in advance for all your assistance.


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cut big holes in the gates and cover it with mesh.

obviously it is done to look nice / decorative.

how about post a pic (see forum info how to do this)

Will see what i can get done this afternoon.

Appreciate your help
how are they constructed and what ironmongery do they have on them?
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You need a steel band, fixed to one gate, that flips over the other gate upright and holds them together.
See what the National Trust do.....!
John :)

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