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    Building the Monolith Gate and Fence

    With my son being born 7 months ago, it is time to build a gate and fence at the front of the lot to contain him when he starts walking. The title Monolith Gate has meaning to me which will become evident as I start adding pictures. I had no idea of what it would cost and was surprised once it was completed and I hope the information helps others who might be thinking about doing the same.
    The house we stay in now is located in an Isaan village that was owned by my wife's parents who are now both deceased leaving three siblings and myself to inhabit the house. Initially it was just a typical stilted Isaan house with the first level being a dirt floored eating and gathering area. Over the past 5 years we have enclosed the first floor and built two insuites with western toilets and showers. Added a large carport and concrete drive. It is very comfortable now and is a good place to live until we build our own house starting the end of this year, which will be another thread. In the mean time, a gate and fence were needed for security and containing the little one. I researched some TD threads and decided on a steel gate with JJ's idea of using a hedge to incorporate the wall. I will start the process of adding some pics, which I have never done before, so it may take me a little time to figure it out. Hope everyone enjoys what my experience was and I will include total costs.

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    I look forward to the pics Rick.

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    OK...........Here is the gate design I was looking to use and we will see how close the welder comes.

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    This is the driveway of the house that the gate will span. The opening is just over 5 meters. The fence will run the width of the frontage which is around 20 meters and then continue along one side of the house.

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    KISS is the key but if you must all the Fleur de lys bits can be found at any decent gate /fence shop.
    The one I know is here near Klong Toey so they must be everywhere.

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    Yes Vocal, keeping it simple is the way to go and I usually do that, but the welder has made these gates for years and I have seen his work in Udon. He must have a pattern or a way to make sections of the gate and then mix and match to make the different patterns. He has a book with over 40 designs to pick from and the larger cross bars are just basic channel iron.

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    OK, I am sure you are all wondering why I titled this thread Building the Monolith Gate and Fence. When I first started talking to my brother-in-law about building the fence, I told him I wanted two strong posts on each side of the drive to support the gate. Being the master builder he is, he took this information and ran with it. Here is a picture of the first gate post:



    Does this remind anyone else of the monolith in the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey? I soon got over it, but I had to laugh to myself a couple of times looking at this soletary chunk of concrete. He had formed it with steel rebar and I can not recall the amount of concrete he used, but it was many buckets full. I got what I asked for.

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    Here is another picture of the Monolith as my brother-in-law patches some rough spots in the concrete. I have to applaud him for his efforts.


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    Here is another shot a little further away. It does not look quite as monolithic from this angle.


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    This is the monolith on the other side of the drive. A fair amount of concrete went into these two posts, but I am not complaining. Better to be too strong than too weak.


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    These are the forms for the two support posts once the gate is opened. They will both have steel guides attached to assist in alignment when opening the gate. I used JJ's drawings of his gate and fence idea to show my brother-in-law and I think they would up a little large, but again, that is not a bad thing.


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    I agree with the 2001 connection, are you secretly building a bolt hole for Abhisit to run to when cambodia attacks Strong is better though mate I will more than likely do the same thing.

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    BD, I agree stronger is better since I have seen a neighbors gate crumble because of poor construction. I think the large posts also send a message to would be thieves to stay out (hopefully). Again my main purpose for the gate and fence is to contain the little one (my son that is).

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    Here some of the smaller posts are being set and readyed for the footing. There is a large shade tree on this side and the plan is to have the fence run on each side of this tree.


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    Here are the posts once the reinforced footing has been poured. Last step before laying brick and building the fence. The brick will only be about 4 high with barbed wire strands.


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    Here is the other side showing the larger support posts and getting things ready to build the forms for the footings. Things are starting to look more like a fence now.


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    Laying the steel for the footing.


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    Laying the first row of block.

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    Four rows of block on the tree side.


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    Finishing up the other side block at the corner of the lot.


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    It's looking more like a fence now.


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    Starting the rendering with my friend from Germany watching on. He did chip in and mix some mud and helped my brother-in-law while I supervised in the shade.


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    Rendering the Monolith.


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    More rendering and smoothing.


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    That's a big one!

    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    Here is another shot a little further away. It does not look quite as monolithic from this angle.

    As the actress said to the Bishop : That's a big one!

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