3 comments on “Gate made from EMT conduit

  1. Looks great! Sure wish you would expand on the pictures and do a step by step instructions!

    How wide is the gate? How tall are the different components (gate/frame).
    How did you bend the conduit so evenly?
    How did you attach the wire to the gate?
    What are the hinges made of; size, etc, etc.
    I actually don’t see any gate hinges; you used strapping clamps. Why, and how do they hold the gate up so it doesn’t slide down the post? It would have to be loose or it wouldn’t open/close — I don’t get it.
    What kind of latch assembly did you use?

    I sure wish there was more info; I like this a lot more than the $160 gates at at the farm store and $40 Gate Hardware kits!!!

    • Norm –

      I don’t know the exact dimensions off the top of my head, but I’ll answer as best I can:

      The gate is just wide enough for my wheelbarrow to fit through (maybe close to 30″), and about 3 feet high. The total height, frame and all, is just over 6 feet.

      I bent the conduit with a conduit bender we got at a yard sale, similar to this. You slide the conduit in however far is necessary, lay it on a hard, solid surface (I used the back patio) and use the handle on the conduit bender to make the bends.

      The wire was attached simply by drilling holes in the EMT conduit and running the wire through them before bending it around. So, there were two holes drilled opposite each other, a single piece of wire cut long enough to run between them plus 4 inches on each side, and the wire was run through the holes, pulled tight, and wrapped around the bar. One of these holes can be seen in the last picture if you look closely.

      The hinges are the hose clamps. As long as you buy good ones, they will work. I put them on as tight as I could, and the gate doesn’t slide down but easily opens and closes.

      There is no latch on this gate – the friction holds it either closed or open just fine for my purposes, but if it were holding animals in a latch would be required. I only use it to keep pests out of the garden, and I haven’t yet had anything push it open.

      There are some rough edges, but not too bad and they’re all things that could be easily improved. Not bad for the cost: EMT conduit here is just under $2.50/10′, and I used the same galvanized fence wire that was used in the electric fence.

      NicholasW

  2. Looks good. EMT conduit is a great material for the price, as it has countless uses from gates to antennas.

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