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    Help explain this blast gate to me.

    I bought these plastic blast gates last fall at Rockler to install on my dust collection system. They may not be the best but the price was right at the time so I want to try to use them. I got one of them out tonight as I'm working on getting the piping all figured out and I don't understand why there is a hole on one side of the "imtake side of the gate. Anyone know why it's there?
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    my quess is that it is there so you can get a screw driver on the screw to anchor the gate.
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    Well now that makes sense to me. Never thought of it. Thanks Larry....your alright in my book.
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    hey jist some redneck yankee lookin fer a solution to a hole in something
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    Yeah Tom you might find that plastic is brittle if you try drill through it. My bet is the put the hole there to avoid people trying to put a self tapper directly through the plastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    hey jist some redneck yankee lookin fer a solution to a hole in something
    Larry,
    Can you find a reason for the one in my head?

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    I do not like the plastic gates. Many of my gates are not attached to anything but ducting. The plastic gates take too much pressure to open and close under those circumstances. I just do not have any walls handy enough to fasten gates to.
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    How much was that gate? I built some from left over stuff for pennies.... and some time
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    as for plastic gates i had some from the old shop and they are about gone now they break apart in the glue area,, so i had some alumn ones that came with some old ducting i got from a salvage area and they have replced the broke plastic ones and i have seen some good home made ones like stu mentiones.. if i didnt have the alumn ones they would be homemade ones..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    How much was that gate? I built some from left over stuff for pennies.... and some time
    Stu, I found them at Rockler on sale. I paid $2.99 each. I got 4 of them. I knew they were not the best but I thought they were cheap enough to get me going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Baugues View Post
    Stu, I found them at Rockler on sale. I paid $2.99 each. I got 4 of them. I knew they were not the best but I thought they were cheap enough to get me going.
    I've still got some 4" Rocklers (among others) in my system that have been running for several years. No problems and on sale, the price was right.
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