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Quick Links to the 5 Driveway Gate Options


Printed Installation Guides and Working Drawings arrive with all shipped or delivered orders

Driveway Gates have four applications
Option #1):
12' or less overall width
Option #2): Beyond 12', requiring exposed steel frame
Option #3): Beyond 12', with embedded steel frame
Option #4): Sliding Gates, all widths--mouunting to single-span steel frame

More information is available on the Drive Gate Base Cost Tables



wood gates PDF Specifications

* Wood Gate Stops

* Setting Your Post

* Setting Jambs to Columns

* Embedded Jambs

* Setting Jambs to Steel Posts

wood gates Gate Hardware
(For Non-Automated Gates)

* Rocky Mountain Hardware

* Optional Bronze Hardware

wood gates Hydraulic Gate Closers

* Lockey TB175

* Lockey TB200

* Lockey TB600

wood gates Automated Armature Motors

* Apollo 1500 * FAAC

* Viking G5 Video

* Elite Viking G-5

* Elite Viking G-5 Solar


wood gates Security Access

* Magna Lock M62




wood gates NON-AUTOMATED
Option #1 Driveway Gates are limited to 12' overall width between columns or posts and do not require a steel frame. Gates are at 2-1/4" thickness, and mounting with the
bronze 4" ball-bearing hinge to either Wood 6x6 posts, Steel posts, or jambs that are provided by Prowell and mounted to masonry columns.

They normally utilize the same latch options and configurations as a pedestrian gate.

They are installed with the same procedure as a double pedestrian gate.

Gate openings of up to 12' overall between posts or columns are two gate leaves at 6' maximum each, which weigh approximately 125 lbs ea, depending on the gate style.

Hinges are surface-mounted to the posts/jambs and gate to insure air flow on all six sides of the gate.


wood gatesD
riveway Gate style #12 hinged to surfaced 6x6 posts. Stops mounted to the posts simply to conceal the hinge gap. Requires a cane bolt mounted to the inside of the fixed gate (normally the left gate), as well as a gate latch.

wood gates D
riveway Gate #20, hinged to 6x6 posts. Here each gate leaf at 61" wide x
60" high. Functions as if it were a pedestrian double gate, using the Rocky Mountain
latch, a Bronze cane bolt on the property side of the left, fixed gate, and three bronze
ball-bearing hinges.

About half of you opt for a matching dummy latch on the left gate. Although
providing symmetry, it can also confuse the first-time visitor as to which of the gates is
the working gate.

  wood drive gates
custom wood automated drive gates  


wood gates AUTOMATED

Prowell Woodworks does not provide automation for our Driveway Gates.
The below specs are for your general information.

Automated Driveway Gates are the common default. Option #1 gates can utilize the low-profile armature style motors that are rated for gates that do not exceed approximately
700 lbs, depending on the manufacturer.

The more common armature style motors:


wood gates Mounted to the post with screws and the bottom rail of the gates, preferably with through-bolts.

Mounted on the property side of the gates swing in toward the property.

Mounted to the street side if the gates swing out toward the street.


wood gates The Apollo 1500 equipped with an elbow, mounted on the property side, pushing the
gates open toward the street.
  armature motors for wood drive gates
Viking drive gate motors  

wood gates click on the image to the left for manufacturer specifications and ordering info

wood gatesThe Armature style motor on another example of outswing gates.
Here the motors are mounted on the inside face of the gates.
Advantage: not visible from the street
Disadvantage: A loss of 4"-6" clearance per armature.

  door king drive gate motors
wood driveway gate armature motors

wood gates FAAC shown mounted from Prowell's Column to a steel frame.

wood gates FAAC shown mounted on 6x6 posts to the gate's bottom rails
  automation motors for drive gates
armature motors for drive gates  

wood gates Click on the image to the left for manufacturer specifications and ordering info
  drive gate armature motors 2
  wood gatesVIKING--G5 AMATURE MOTOR  

wood gatesShown installed to a steel frame

wood gates Click on the image to the left for manufacturer specifications and ordering info
  drive gate motors
drive gate armature motors  
For more on Joinery, Click Here
There are a number of joints utilized in a Prowell product. Some of them dating back centuries, while others are developed anew, geared to specific stress loads and application.

Below, Joint #14, is an entegral tenon as an extension of the rail, fed through the width of the hinge stile mortise, which is taper to accept the spreading oak wedges.
Once the wedges are driven in, and the tenon has spread to the edges of the tapered mortise, it becomes a locking joint. When the rain, humidity, fog, even dew absorb their moisture into the tenon, it thus expands, and the joint grows even tighter.  
  advanced wood gate joinery
complex wood gate joinery  





* Step by Step Installation Text

* Extenuating Circumstances

wood gates PDF Specifications--sketches

* T-Bar Mounted to Column Core

* Typical column /steel spec

* T-Bar with Knuckle Type Hinge

wood gates Automation Motors--sketches

* In-Ground Operators
Top hinge views

* In-Ground Operators #2
Top Pivot Hinge

wood gates Automation Motors--Links --In-Ground

* Viking 1-8 Dual

* SEA Compact 1600

--Above Ground (Pad Mounted)

* Viking F1 Pad Mount

* Option #2 gates are always automated.
* With the exception of the In-Ground motors, automation can be added at any time after the driveway gates are installed.
* With the exception of In-Ground motors, Option #2 motors are pad-mounted. Armature style motors are often insufficient.
* All Option #2 Driveway Gates are mounted to an exposed hollow tube steel frame. Normally 2" x 2".
* Steel frame can require a vertical piece that is placed so the motor arm can be mounted.
* Hinging systems are provided by the installer and welded to the steel frame.
* Hinging off steel posts or steel core masonry columns. Wood posts are insufficient.

* The hinge system is at the discretion of the installer or automation contractor. We will provide any plates or mounts upon request. Whatever hinge system s preferred, we will require the specified clearance, which in turn determines our net gate widths.

wood gates Driveway Gates #13. Dual pad-mounted motors for a bi-parting swing. Motor arms welded to vertical steel supports. In this
example, the vertical supports are aligned with the vertical wood grid dividers.
wood driveway gates with steel frame, prowell
wood gates Driveway Gates #19. A 26' overall span. Two bi-parting steel frames. Two wood gates mounted to each steel frame.
Pad-mounted motors.
Steel Frames for Wood friveway Gates, Prowell
wood gates Driveway Gates #16-5 as a single span steel frame as well as the wood gate. Viking G-5 armature motor
Single-Span Wood Driveway Gate with Steel Frame, Prowell
wood gates Driveway Gates #6-2. With arched top rails, the steel frame aligns to the highest horizontal rail. Here the middle horizontal steel
rail happens to align with the motor arms.
Arched Wood Driveway Gates with Steel Frames, Prowell
wood gates OPTION #2 HINGES
wood gates Knuckle Hinge
The most common hinge, swings with stainless ball-bearings. Shown with the steel post, the hinges, and the steel frame have all been painted
wood gates The "Shut It" hinge by D&D Technologies. One edge welds to the steel post or a steel mounting bar, and the other, concave edge welds to the gate plate. A much less commonly used hinge. Click the image for more info
wood gates A cylindrical Knuckle Hinge mounted to a round steel post and to the exposed plate for an embedded Option #3 gate  
Knuckle Hinge for Driveway Gates
driveway Gate Hinge Shut It
Round Knuckle Hinge for Drive Gates  
wood gates T-BARS

wood gatesTypically the T-Bar is welded to the column core 6x6 hollow steel post as the columns are being built. It extends beyond the stone longer than necessary and is cut (torched) to the correct length when welding the hinge system to the exposed steel frame.

wood gatesNormally there are two T-Bars, accommodating two hinges. Below they have elected for three T-bars, and three hinges.
wood gates If your columns are existing, there is always the chance that it may not have been built with a steel post core. Because it's hard to know, your contractors may make a judgment based on the age of the columns and elect to either set new steel posts to the inside behind the columns and hinge the gate from that. The older existing stone columns are a gamble--they may or may not be worthy of supporting the new gate over the long haul.  
How to support a drive gate off stone columns
Steel support arms from columns for driveway gates
hanging driveway gates from stone
wood gates Typical application for masonry column construction



* Ditec ' Cubic' In-Ground Automation

* Ditec ' Cubic' Technical Manual PDF

* Ditec PDF info for all Ditec motors and applications

* Viking I-8

wood gates
PDF Sketches
Cubic 6H-6HV In-Ground

* Bottom Mount

* Top Mount



* Option #3 gates are always automated.
* The construction process is essentially four gates. Each gate leaf is two fully constructed and mortised gates that are routed to accept the inner steel,
and then laminated together to create a 3" total thickness.
* With the exception of the In-Ground motors, automation can be added at any time after the driveway gates are installed.
* With the exception of In-Ground, heavy duty pad-mounted motors are required.
* All Option #3 Driveway Gates have their steel frames invisibly embedded within the framework of the wood gate.
* Hinges weld to steel plate exposed along the edge of the gates.
* Hinging off steel posts or steel core masonry columns. Wood Posts are insufficient.

* The hinge system is at the discretion of the installer or automation contractor. Prowell will provide any plates or mounts upon request.
Whatever hinge system is preferred, Prowell will require from the installer their preferred clearance, which in turn determines our net gate widths.


wood gates METHODOLOGY
A few years of trial and error prototypes lead to Option #3, allowing greater spans without visible steel reinforcement.
Below we see half of one gate leaf before the mirrored half is laminated in place.
wood gates In-Ground automation. The bottom motor plate welded to the steel frame extension of an embedded gate.
drive gate hidden steel frames
wood gates The same in-ground motor plate shown welded to a single flat-bar steel plate 24" long for a non-embedded gate w/o a steel frame.
This would be for gates that are 12' or less for the overall opening. (PO#1736.)
In-Ground motor-plates for driveway gates, prowell

wood gates

wood gates Driveway Gate Style #34 shows the hinge edge, with the lower In-Ground pivot hinge and the top stationary pivot hinge.


wood gates A closer look at the In-Ground motor as it appears once installed.

The CUBIC 6H-6HV for heavy duty use--- by Ditec Entrematic

Note: The Cidec In-Ground motors require regular maintenance every two years to clean out the dust and filaments from the gears.

Wood Drive Gates with In-Ground motors
Installing In-Ground Motors for wood drive gates, prowell
wood gatesThe CUBIC 6H-6HV for heavy duty use--- by Ditec Entrematic
>To Ditec Manual
This is the identical unit as the Viking 1-8
To Viking: <>

Cubis In-Ground automation for driveway gates, prowell
wood gates The bottom pivot plate, mortised in at the specified distance to align with the In-Ground housing.
wood gatesThe top diameter pivot pin, set to align with the top stationary pivot hinge plate. Welded to the primary embedded structural frame
Mounting Plates for the Cubic In-Ground automation
Pivot pins for Wood Drive gates automation
wood gates The frame with the extension tube and bottom pivot plate welded to specs prior to laminating the mirrored half of the wood gate.
Mounting automation motor pivot plates to wood drive gates, prowell
wood gatesShowing the bottom pivot plate as it appears after final lamination.
Embedded steel driveway frames, prowell

wood gates
wood gates For embedded steel gates opting for standard pad-mounted motors we mortise a small mounting plate welded and mortised out from the primary steel to accept the motor arm.
wood gatesAnd to weld the knuckle hinges to the T-Bars or steel posts we weld a mounting plate to the inner embedded frame, leaving it proud of the wood so the welding on site doesn't burn the cedar.
drive gate steel frames
drive gate with embedded steel
wood gates Shown again here, with the knuckle hinge welded to the plate, and the round steel post.
drive gate posts




* Step by Step Full Installation Text

* Extenuating Circumstances

wood gates PDF Specifications--sketches

*Plan View of Typical Set-up

wood gates Automation Motors--Links

*Polaris SL2000



* Wood gates surface-mounted to single-span exposed steel frames.
* As a pair of steel frames with each frame sliding away from the center.
* You must have the parallel clearance equaling the gate span. 
* The gate will ride on a 1" V-Track installed by your contractor into the driveway surface and extending the span of the slide.
* The gate's vertical alignment is by either dual rollers mounted to the post/column, or a secondary track running parallel to the slide direction.


wood gates Driveway Gate #29 shows dual steel posts with mounted dual rollers. The gates part away from the center on a track that extends the
width of each gate to the left and right, utilizing adjustable height rollers that are bolted or welded to the steel posts.

Because these gates are only 72" width each, the need for a steel frame was not required. If the overall width is not beyond 12', bi-parting
sliding gates DO NOT require that each gate be mounted onto a steel frame.

If they were sliding together as a single gate to the left or right, a single-span steel frame would be required.

sliding drive gates with automation


wood gates Example of the Dual Rollers riding on a Secondary Alignment Track. The rollers are welded or bolted to the gate's steel frame, and sandwich the lower secondary to maintain the gate's vertical alignment. This requires you have the space needed for the lower secondary track, usually set at a height of about 20"-24" off grade.


wood gates The steel frame is a single span frame, exposed on the property side, with the two wood
gate leaves surface-mounting onto the frame. Upon approach, it appears as a standard bi-parting
double driveway gate.


sliding drive gates with automation

sliding drive gates with automation
wood gates Examples of dual rollers mounted to the back of the columns or posts. In this set-up, the rollers ride across the top of the wood gate.
wood gates The advantage is the elimination of the secondary track shown above. The disadvantage
is the possibility of the rollers blemishing the wood finish over time
wood driveway gates with steel frames
wood driveway gates automation

wood gates A third option represents photos sent in from a Hawaii inquiry to replace the below sliding gate. Here the Alignment Track is welded directly off the main steel frame.

wood gates Although this is not an option we've seen used elsewhere, it makes a lot of sense. Eliminating the real estate required for the Secondary Track shown above, as well as a solution that keeps the rollers from direct contact with the gates. The Alignment Track below is held off the main frame by about 4"--room enough to accommodate the thickness of one roller.
wood driveway gates with steel frames
wood driveway gates with steel


wood gates

A typical single-span steel frame. A pair of wood gates mount to the frame and slides left or right as a single moving assembly.
A) If the overall opening is 12' or less and the two wood gates slide open in opposite direction, no steel frame is needed
B) If the opening is 12' or less and the two gates want to slide as a single assembly left or right, a single-span steel frame is required
C) If the opening is greater than 12' overall, steel frames are required if the two gates slide open in opposite directions, OR, if the entire assembly
slides to the left or right.




* Step by Step Installation Text

* Extenuating Circumstances

wood gatesPDF Specifications

Various Mounting Applications

wood gates To Driveway Gates

*To Embedded Steel Frame

*To Exposed Steel Frame

*Mount to Lighted Columns

*Mount to Unlighted Column

wood gatesTo Pedestrian Gates

*To Wood Posts

*To Steel Post

*Center Mount




Prowell's Columns arrive with one side temporarily in place.  Removed on site to allow the column to slip over a wood or steel post.  The columns are sized with blocking to fit your specified site post. The standard outside dimension is 10-1/8" square.  Lighted columns arrive with the low-voltage fixture in place and the wiring left stubbed out at the bottom of the column for junctioning to the source. .


wood gates Fitting the 3-sided column around a steel post.


wood gates The Columns arrive with blocks furred to a snug fit to the given specifications of the site post.

wood gates A Column mortised to accept a hinge support that has been welded to the steel post. 
wood gates The adjustable Sleeve Hinge shown mortised through the column for an In-Ground Operator
wood gates In-Ground Operators require a hinge placement to pivot on the top of the gate.  Prowell provides the steel plate mounted to the top of the gate stile.
wood gates Knuckle style hinge shown mortised through the column and welded to the edge of the steel frame.





*A Word About Installation

* Full Installation Manual

What we've learned over the past few decades:

1) Recommending an installer who may have been involved with another of our projects in any given area intimates that we know and trust him, when in fact we know nothing of him. He was simply the installer secured by a previous homeowner to install their project.

2) Recommending an installer we've never met who consequently visits your site is to present this installer as your first and only face-to-face connection to Prowell Woodworks. He may show up late, or not at all or perform the work ingloriously. He may be rude or unintelligent. His behavior impacts your impression of Prowell Woodworks.

3) Third-party installers regularly attempt to sway the homeowner against Prowell Woodworks in lieu of being hired to provide a facsimile of the same work themselves for a better price. Facsimile is the key here. We've lost innumerable projects due to this phenomenon. The homeowner must often be determined, insisting on what they want.

4) Recommending an installer associates Prowell Woodworks with that installer as if we were business associates and therefore liable for his or her workmanship.

5) We will often hear from whomever you eventually hire. They will call or write to check specifications or present a list of questions, which we will answer promptly. There is no link to competency or incompetency between those who reach out with questions and those who do not. What we can determine, from contact with your installer by phone or email, is their level of skill. Their level of experience in the trade.

6) Homeowners who are their own installers should understand they are welcome to call or write with their own questions and concerns, before or during their installation. For the most part, we will review that process over the course of your order. It should be noted that approximately half of all gate orders are installed by the homeowner themselves. Driveway Gate installations are best performed by qualified carpenters or contractors. The majority of fence installations are performed by carpenters or contractors, although it's not uncommon for the homeowner to approach this.

7) With your finished product will arrive a packet that will include: Appropriate Installation Guides; A reminder sheet of the most common mistakes made during installation; and the same dimensioned drawings that were originally approved prior to fabrication in the shop.

* If by chance you happen tolive within the San Francisco Bay Area, ignore the above ramblings. You'll have the luxurious option if utilizing our long-time installers and automation contractors. Although they are separate entities in themselves, they have been associated with Prowell installations for many years. s


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