Welding a 12 foot scrap material gate for my off the grid homestead

by John Hancock

 

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I moved off the grid with nothing more than a van and a trailer over a year and a half ago. I do everything as frugal as possible and re-invest all my money into my tea business. I'd rather live frugal than fail. The first gate I made which you can see in the beginning of this video is simply a few old rail road crossing arms that were scrapped. I had a few construction straps and some self tapping screws so I decided to piece together a free gate for my homestead. I used a lot of canned food when I first came out and if you look at the joints of the gate, that's what's holding them in place. It doesn't sag and swings freely. It holds all my live stock and does exactly what I need it to. Recently I decided to build a new gate for the corner of my property. I have had some angle iron laying around that I was given as scrap for free. In this video I prepare the angle iron and weld it up. I reinforce the hinge and latch areas and spot weld wire fence on the front. Don't get your panties in a bunch this is only the 3rd or 4th time I've welded anything. But it's rock solid. I put posts in at the corner of my property to hang the gate on and when I get more barbed wire I'll complete the H posts and get this gate hung with it's new hardware. If you like hanging around the homestead, please subscribe and leave a comment. If you really enjoy the content consider purchasing my book or tea. My links are at the top of this page. Thanks!

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