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What thoughts do you have about Gates.........? Some people would say that, to nice of a gate, communicates wealth, and stuff worth stealing. Too flimsy of a gate (Chain/Cable/Rope) is easy to breached. It seems like simple, but hell-for stout is the answer. Your thoughts requested. Purpose of this gate is to restrict vehicles and not humans on foot (which would be impossible).
 

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Humm tough question This might help.- my mom never locks her sheds or house and never lost anything until this last fall, she got a new little barn shed from a friend and since her friend had some stuff she wanted stored, of course mom said sure put it in there and they went and bought a big lock for the door. Sure enuf she went out to the casino with a friend and they were gone only about 24 hours(one of those bus trips) and someone cut the lock off and stole her friends stuff... either they knew what was in there and wanted it or figured since mom put a lock on there there was something good in there to steal.. But since then if she leaves her car outside at night her gas tank gets a bit lower each night... told her we need to invest in one of those game trail cameras that takes the night shot pictures when triggered. Catch them red handed. But the police kinda knew who to look for and got some of the stuff back, seems there has been a rash of little burglaries out there lately.
So you're kinda screwed if you do and screwed if you don't..
In that movie "Children of Men" they hid their driveway by bushes and scrub brush. Said that a gate would draw more attention to them.
 

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Well, I always been one ta build it heavy duty, not really inta looks. If your tryin to keep vehicles out, bigger and heavier duty will be the way to go.

We lock everthing round here now, only way to keep it.

Camera's ain't a bad idea, best to keep em away from your stuff as best ya can.
 

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I still like the idea of a draw-bridge over a moat. Dig a deep trench that is wide enough that a vehicle would not be able to drive across and put a bridge over the deep ditch. Put some cables on the bridge (road-side) to some stands (home-side) and raise the bridge when you don't care to have visitors.
 

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I still like the idea of a draw-bridge over a moat. Dig a deep trench that is wide enough that a vehicle would not be able to drive across and put a bridge over the deep ditch. Put some cables on the bridge (road-side) to some stands (home-side) and raise the bridge when you don't care to have visitors.
And when it has been -37* Below for eight weeks, and they can drive an Abrams Tank across the moat, the "Moat becomes MOOT". Same issue I have with Snow Machines, no bridge or gate can keep them out.
 

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Well, I always been one ta build it heavy duty, not really inta looks. If your tryin to keep vehicles out, bigger and heavier duty will be the way to go.

We lock everthing round here now, only way to keep it.

Camera's ain't a bad idea, best to keep em away from your stuff as best ya can.
:2thumb: Heavy duty and ugly the only way to go!!!! If the gate is used on a regular basis it is going to be kind of hard to hide using bushes etc. Fortunately my property is in a fairly remote area and the access road to it gets little use. Still we lock up everything. Most thieves are lazy by nature and want quick entry and exit so don't make it easy for them to find the things you want to protect.
 

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A friend of ours makes gates out of 3 pieces of ~2inch pipe that are ugly, solid, and effective. He welds about a 3' vertical to a horizontal the width of his lane and welds a diagonal from the bottom of the vertical to the far end of the horizontal. Basically he welds 3 pipes into an upside down right triangle, but he always puts a slight bow in the diagonal. And he never paints them. Just old rusty pipe.
 

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“Purpose of this gate is to restrict vehicles and not humans on foot (which would be impossible)”

I have such a gate on my farm. It is welded out of lots of crossed pieces of scrap 1 inch pipe and is suspended between 4 inch iron water pipe that is set in concrete and braced across the top and at the bottom by another set of 4 inch water pipes that are all welded together. Every time some moron tries their car/truck against it I have to un mount the gate and flatten it back out with the tractor. The trick seems to be that the mount for the gate is solid but the gate itself is softer metal and flexible. So far no one has ever broken through but one guy did leave me a bumper…
 
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