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jmsheldon 02-22-2013 04:53 PM

Need help finding the right bracket!
I am looking for two things here:

One: Some sort of fence post bracket that can hold an actuator. If you don't know what an actuator it, it looks like this;

I have something closer to the second biggest one in the picture. I need to mount that on a pole coming out of the ground and it has to be horizontal. So once I mount it, they would both look like a T. I have a mounting bracket like the one attached to it but I have no idea how to use it with what I am doing.

Two: I need to be able to connect the ring on the right side of the actuator to a piece of plywood that is facing horizontally upward.

If you have no idea what I mean here, take a look at this drawing I made:

Please understand that this is for a solar tracker. Thanks a lot!

oh'mike 02-22-2013 05:06 PM

Bracket A---looks like the actuator uses a pin to mount it----perhaps a smooth bolt with the threaded end screwed into a steel plate with holes for attaching the plate to a post---

Bracket B----a heavy angle iron with a hole for the lynch pin is all that is needed---

I bet the maker of the actuators makes brackets----could you post a name and model number?

jmsheldon 02-22-2013 05:28 PM

The actuator actually came with two heavy duty bolts and nuts. You can see one of them in this picture of the top of my actuator:

I got what you mean for #2. I can get that easily. But I am still trying to figure out #1 and what you mean by it.

oh'mike 02-22-2013 06:08 PM

Picture this-----bolt a long steel plate (1/8" should be strong enough) (1 1/2"x6"?) to the post so that the tail end sticks out--
--drill a hole for that bolt--
-slip the bolt through your actuator---then through the hole in the steel bar---
-figure out what sort of washers or spacer will be needed to allow the actuator to clear the plate---then add the nut or nuts to hold it to the steel bar----

jmsheldon 02-22-2013 06:10 PM

I understood everything you said except the part where I connect the steel plate to the pole.

oh'mike 02-22-2013 06:11 PM

That actuator is mounted like the hydrolic arms in a station wagon back window----

If you need ideas google images might help---

jmsheldon 02-22-2013 06:13 PM

Could you post a link? I couldn't find exactly what you are talking about. Thanks.

oh'mike 02-22-2013 06:20 PM

lift supports mounting brackets window - Google Search---

I'll try to think up another search----

joecaption 02-22-2013 09:52 PM
This and a piece of aluminum diamond plate so there's no rusting.

jmsheldon 02-22-2013 10:04 PM

I am thinking more of a thing that I can put together with just stuff from my local hardware store. The person I bought my actuator from suggested I weld the nut onto the pipe (which I think is a great idea) but I don't weld or know where I can get that done.

If I can find someone to do welding for me, that would be a game changer.

jmsheldon 02-22-2013 10:42 PM

I was thinking of getting something like this:

And then mounting an L-bracket onto where the bolt is in the picture. That would provide a good place to mount the actuator on.

oh'mike 02-23-2013 06:54 AM

Something like that would work----you may need to use two of those to hold a steel plate if you find the bolt for the actuator is to long for the existing hole in the bracket----

Are you familiar with drill a hole into steel and adding threads with a 'tap'? This is a way to get a threaded hole without needing to weld on a nut----

Tapping is not difficult to do-----and taps are not to expensive----

Auto parts stores often have muffler clamps that have hangers attached----might be worth a trip to an auto parts store----

jmsheldon 02-23-2013 08:52 AM

I actually was looking into muffler clamps that have a place for another bolt on them. I was also looking at double pole clamps. But I concluded that all I would really have to do is drill a hole through one part of the pole, lower the bolt down through the pole with a string and another string dangling off from the bottom of the bolt. Then grab the bottom string and pull the bolt through the hole I drilled. Then I would just have to put the mount for the actuator on and the nut. A little extra bolt wouldn't hurt either. I will post here a picture in a few days once I do it (it is currently raining here).

This way actually works great for me because I wanted to have a mount that I could easily take apart.

Thanks for all the help.

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