05:31PM | 09/30/04
Member Since: 09/29/04
2 lifetime posts
My dad and I are building a security/privacy gate of my own design. He has decided that for the outer frame of the mobile parts of the gate he will secure the 90degree angles using connector plates like the ones that hold the butt joints in our garage rafters together, and bought the said connector plates, but I'm wondering how does a person apply the things? They are a metal rectangle with a forest of upward leaning points,and i think the rafer-making people have a giant press they use to slap the plates on. Any advice from someone who has used the things (without massive or specialized equipment) would be greatly appreciated. thanks!


02:38PM | 10/04/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
You will want to return these plates and exchange them for mending plates with a series of holes for screws or nails.

The gusset plates you have now do indeed need a pressure of thousands of pounds to install. If you were to try placing them with a big ahmmer, you would merely make a lot of splinters and the holes from the press points would end up larger than the points themselfs, fitting loosely and not holding tightly

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05:12AM | 10/06/04
Member Since: 09/24/04
128 lifetime posts
With regard to piffin's post. I say DITTO.

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