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post #1 of 13 Old 03-11-2020, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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Help me fix a gate

We have a few of these basic Behlen Country utility gates around our pasture, that are hung using the screw hooks. The technical specs can be downloaded here.

They've held up pretty well considering they're low cost and our weather is pretty harsh. However, a few weeks ago, one of them came off the hinges, and it was because the bottom "ring" that sits in the upward facing screw hook had rusted through and then got blown off during a particularly strong storm with high winds. This is what that bottom ring looks like after breaking:


My question to the handywomen and men of Horse Forum is if there is some sort of replacement part I could buy instead of having to replace the whole gate? The top hook has a bolt through it that makes it adjustable while hanging, and it has enough bend to it that you can take it off if you really pull hard.


I don't know why the bottom ring isn't the same, but I'm wondering if I can buy one somewhere, or something similar. We don't have any welding supplies but I think my lovely husband has some sort of sawzall we could use to get the broken piece off.

We've probably got a couple more weeks before the snow in the pasture melts and grass starts appearing, so I'll need to get a gate put back up to help save fat girls from themselves Any suggestions for us?
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post #2 of 13 Old 03-11-2020, 09:12 AM
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Metalwork and engineering workshops will often make a replica of something for you if you bring in an example of what it's supposed to look like. Do you have any places like that in your area?

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Hi @SueC ! I'm not sure, actually, but I can ask around.
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post #4 of 13 Old 03-11-2020, 09:24 AM
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Something like this?

https://www.amazon.com/SpeeCo-S16100...79534749&psc=1

or this https://www.ebay.com/itm/Farm-GATE-H...-/292003843959


I am sure there are different sizes available...
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YES, thanks @Swiss Miss. That's exactly what I need! Now I feel dumb for not searching for it that way
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YES, thanks @Swiss Miss. That's exactly what I need! Now I feel dumb for not searching for it that way
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Amazon, the one stop shop for everything
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post #8 of 13 Old 03-11-2020, 09:51 AM
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An easy way without buying anything is to take a c-clamp and squeeze it back together, then drill a hole thru the center of your bottom bracket that is broke and thru the gate pipe too. I would use either 3/8" or preferably 1/2" dia. bolt thru the gate vertical and bracket. Then tighten the bolt and your back in business. Rehang gate and you've fixed it without welding.
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An easy way without buying anything is to take a c-clamp and squeeze it back together, then drill a hole thru the center of your bottom bracket that is broke and thru the gate pipe too. I would use either 3/8" or preferably 1/2" dia. bolt thru the gate vertical and bracket. Then tighten the bolt and your back in business. Rehang gate and you've fixed it without welding.

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post #10 of 13 Old 03-29-2020, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Wanted to thank everyone again for their ideas. We (e.g., lovely husband ) were able to get the broken metal piece sawed off the gate. I ordered a replacement as suggested by @SwissMiss , and while I guessed wrong on the size (a little too big) for now it is working well enough to get the gate hung. Just in time for the snow to melt and days of rain in the forecast, which is the reason I need a gate to try to protect their favorite pasture for the future. Thank you again for your great suggestions! I'm so glad a $7 part allowed us to avoid having to buy a whole new gate.



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