Well... If I understand you correctly you would sink the aluminum posts into the ground and then use the slots to capture boards run horizontally and stacked between them. If so, from an "artistic" viewpoint it would be an interesting structure. I can see in my mind aluminum posts vertically situated with stained boards giving a modern and somewhat rustic appearance at the same time. If it was to actually retain earth on one side, the the wood will need to be treated and would not meet most building codes for anything over three feet. Spacing and the size of the lumber used so it doesn't warp or bow would be another consideration. I think it would also be somewhat of an expensive composition as well... One other thought I have no knowledge about is how the aluminum would be affected by the soil conditions and/or moisture. They may need to be coated too. On the other hand, have fun and give it a try as you seem to have a creative ability to see or use things in a way they were not exactly designed for. Good luck with your project!
yes install it short of the top but high enough that top hinge of gate will screw into it if a gate is to be installed.
Great Question... and I personally have several gate posts with this reinforcement and about 200 running feet of vinyl fencing! But its only been a few years for me. If you ask Mr. Google here: https://www.google.com/search?q=aluminum+and+cement+reaction&rlz=1C1AVFC_enUS754US755&oq=aluminum+and+cement&aqs=chrome.0.0j69i57j0l6.9598j1j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 I believe you'll find at least TWO sides to this controversy... BUT... this "I-Beam" is used INSIDE the vinyl posts to reinforce them and any contact with cement/concrete and its properties would be minimal. It is my belief that the fencing and this reinforcement would probably last a very long time and since vinyl fencing is relatively new... I don't know if anyone can really determine its "normal" lifespan considering the soils, winds, weather and temperature extremes. I think you'll be happy with the product and its performance.
Hi Doug, the post insert is intended to strengthen the gate post, if you have any more questions please give us a call at 877.279.4496. Thanks!
this is inside the post, the hinges are connected on the post
I use the 5"X5" aluminum insert for gate post. They are more than adequate. both gates have been in service for over 3 years.
This is 82inches tall. Measure your post by sticking a tape measure down the inside until it bottoms out this will give you your space inside. You will need to concrete inside the post even with the beam
I am no longer using this and went to treated 4x4's instead. A screw up top where the cap goes helps to hold the post in place. Keep in mind which side the hinge is on as the 4x4 needs to be in that corner of the sleeved post. Vinyl gates do sag! I have had good luck with a fine line of PVC glue on the tongue side of your pickets as you assemble the gate. I do not recommend any Vinyl gate wider than 48".
Hi Kendall, please give us a call at 877.279.4496 and we will be happy to discuss your project. Thanks!
Hi JH, the post insert is not for use with the corner posts.