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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; http://img.directindustry.com/image...-ball-screw-linear-actuator-39592-2750857.jpg

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: https://www.dropbox.com/s/z9dqepcmdq46vz2/2013-02-22 17.50.24.jpg

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

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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?
 

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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----
 

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

If you need ideas google images might help---
 

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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.
 

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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----
 

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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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