Galvanized Fence Post And Rail Structures
For several years I have was by and watched my family’s bicycles get dropped around the house. We have bruised myself carrying bikes down and up the basement stairs and elaborate worse is several bikes have not made it into the house. They happen to be stolen. This year was going to differ. I decided I was finally likely to build a permanent center for bike parking in the backyard. But just how would I build it, What would I use, I don’t often decide things quickly and during a month or so, I thought about what will be the most economical and yet solid method of the problem. I came up with a solution plus, as is often the case, the answer to this issue turned out to be an useful approach to several outside building projects.
One afternoon, I used to be riding my bike down the road. I actually looked over and there it was. The solution to my bike parking issue. Galvanized fencing is made of three major components. The posts and bed rails (which run vertically and horizontally) and the meshing. The posts plus rails come in a few standard dimensions. They’re steel and very strong, zinc-coated for weather proofing and, since they’re mass-produced, they’re quite affordable. A typical 8 foot long by 2 7/8″ steel post costs between $10 and $15.00. A 10 foot long x 1 7/8″ horizontal rail expenses about the same. Galvanized fencing is such an evident structural mainstay for fencing, it could have to work as a bike stand.
I thought about it for another couple of weeks after which one day, I rounded up the children and we went to the local building middle to pick up some supplies. The style I decided on was very simple to begin with. Two fence posts (2 7/8″ diameter x 8 feet tall) with top caps and 2 bags of concrete mix had been purchased. The kids and I packed the posts and cement to the van and headed for home. I used to be amazed at how little time it accepted put the project together and how properly it worked.
We dug 2 holes, about 18 inches strong, five feet from each other. We then positioned the two posts along with caps on top — one in the center of each hole. We then put the cement mix around the blogposts and leveled them up. We let the posts sit for the evening and the next morning we had our own bike rack ready for parking. With this simple little project, bicycles are directed right toward the particular posts. I really like the idea of leaving the particular posts at the height they are without cross rail… this simple style causes little obstruction and permits a free flow of people through the region that the bikes are locked upward in. Now I am considering including a horizontal cross member around 4 feet. I would have to stop the two vertical posts at about four feet and weld or bolt a horizontal rail. This might stop any attempt to raise the bicycles up over the top of the posts. We are also considering adding a roofing to protect the bikes from the components. The roof would be made from, you know what, Two 10 foot lengths associated with fence rail, cut with a tube cutter and welded together with the sheet of fiberglass panel attached to it.
I am also contemplating setting up a shelving device around the barbecue made from fence train, an awning to shade the particular patio and who knows, a bike truck to carry things to and from the shop in.
But, those projects might or may not happen. For right now, I’ve got the bikes upward off the ground and a whole new array of creating materials for whatever outdoor tasks I dream up in the months plus years ahead.