Welder Builds a Gated Community


My project started with the idea to make a retaining wall to go with our house and then to add a gate to keep the dog from running into the street. When I built the wall, I put in galvanized pipe anchor points for the railing and handrails. The original idea was to have the gate at the top of the stairs, but then my wife asked me to put it in at the bottom of the stairs.

I made some special hinges that use gravity to keep the gate closed. The hinges were mounted first, and then the side rails of the gate were attached to the hinges. I used some boards clamped to the outer gate edges to maintain their spacing, removed the gate, placed in on the landing, and formed the inner edges.

Welder builds his own gated community.    

Most of the welding was done on sawhorses on the front porch. I made my own bending tools (except for a 1/2 inch conduit bender). Most of the metal was stock steel from a local supplier, but we bought the flowers and leaves from an ornamental iron company. The latch was built up by welding multiple pieces of metal, and I made it so that it doesn't matter which section gets closed first.

Welder builds his own gated community.

I am a hobby welder (with an art degree), and I find it easy to fabricate projects using light metals, formed to look like they might have been worked in a forge. Since I finished installing the gate, I get kudos nearly every day. My Lincoln wire feeder welder has been one of the best investments I've made. Thanks for making such a great product.

Welder builds his own gated community.