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Old 03-14-2010, 10:42 PM   #1
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I'd like to know what the proper procedure is to make an adequate concrete base for brick pillars that need to support 6X10 ft. driveway ornamental gates

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Bump - cause I want to hear the advice you get.

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Ayuh,... Where do you live,..?? Is Frost a problem,..?? That'll determine the depth...
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I'd like to know what the proper procedure is to make an adequate concrete base for brick pillars that need to support 6X10 ft. driveway ornamental gates

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I live in the Edmonton area which is Northern Alberta Canada & frost is definitely a problem here. What I've done so far using my own knowledge is: I augered 2- 12" holes, 6 ft deep & I plan on cementing these next weekend. I've welded 2 columns 6' tall with 4- 11" circles 1' apart & three 6' uprights that I plan on dropping into the holes before I pour. I also plan to incorporate (in the same pour) an elevated (by about 2" from ground level to prevent heaving) 20" X 20" X 3 1/2" reinforced slab on top to lay my bricks on. Is that the proper procedure? Do I need to have more rebar tied in to reinforce the middle cavity that I fill as I go up? Also, what do I do about the gate hinges that need to protrude out of the brickwork as well as a suitable anchor for future automatic gate closers. I'm a welder, so fabricating nessecary bracketry is not a problem. Note: my gates are steel construction ( 2 guys can handle one comfortably about 200 lbs.). What are your thoughts? I just remember, I also need power to be able to run the closers & a light & plug (which I can run later) but I guess I have to put conduit in the column too!
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