DIY project : The 16 foot gate

Stabilizing the 16 foot gate project

The Spring of 2019, I managed to complete a new picket fence around my property. The project was a push all in so I could enjoy my favorite kind of fence and upgrade the gate I use to get a trailer into the property on the side of the house.

The original gate was only ten feet wide and I always cringed when I was trying to navigate the truck and trailer into the backyard and then park in near the side of the house. Upgrading the fence gate was a pain, I have to admit. I had to crack the cement to get the old posts out and then dig pretty deep to get some 6×6 inch posts in. I decided on 16 feet wide since I typically approach the gate at a slight angle. This allows me to take a tighter turn and reduce the amount of risk of me sliding and clipping the corner of the house. Now, its easier and its almost a direct shot to the side of the house where the trailer is parked.

So, I went out to look over the fence line to see how it was holding up. Looking at the eastern side, where the gate is located, I noticed and remembered that the guy-wire on one side was down, and the other side, although the guy-wire was still up, it was loose. I wanted to experiment with the guy-wires to see if it would work on two eight foot sections of gate, and honestly, it did not. So over the past few weeks I decided to look for something to get that gate off the ground in a permanent kinda way.

Trailer jacks with a side crank vice a top crank are excellent for fence gate use.
A look at the gate before adding the Trailerjacks. The left side guy-wire failed and the right side was loose. End restult, is the gate lays on the ground, stressing the hinges of the fence gate.
The fence gate and the guy-wire design. The swivels, were pretty hefty, but refused to stay tight.
The fence gate and the guy-wire design. The swivels, were pretty hefty, but refused to stay tight.

A few days before Christmas, I was out and about looking for last minute gifts. Driving down a familiar road in the city, I seen that Northern Tool had a unadvertised special going on. Select items were at 50% off. I decided to go inside and see what they had.

I was looking for a trailer jack. The ones I was looking for had to have a wheel on the bottom and offer some type of support for me to mount them onto the fence gate, whether I use U-bolts or other type framing. I go inside and loom around. I see these…

Trailer jacks with a side crank vice a top crank are excellent for fence gate use.
Trailer jacks with a side crank vice a top crank are excellent for fence gate use.

I noticed the pink stickers, and that told me they were on sale. I was kicking the can. I was on the edge of purchasing these. Looking at the side of the package, I had no idea how tall the device would be with the wheels on, and whether or not it would mount well on the fence gate. I decided to pass on them for the moment, and I went to the truck to look these up and see the ratings. I sat in the truck and pondered for about 10 minutes. I decided, what the heck, worse case I just return them.

I go back inside and go to grab the remaining two and one of them is gone. UGH. I look around and I don’t see a sales rep anywhere. There is one at the counter checking people out, but there is a long line, probably 10 people deep. I wasn’t going to bother her…. Wait, a lady with a walkie talkie and a head piece in her ear wisks by. I asked if she worked here and whether they had another of these in stock. She gets on the radio passes the info to another person in the back. About 5 minutes later, out comes a guy with a box of three more. Cool. I grab two, pay and head out the door.

Fast forwarding to today, It is a wonderfully warm and soggy day outside. The last two days it rained, but the sun has broken through and it is 74 degrees. Perfect weather for me to mount these trailer jacks to the fence gate.

Looking at the gate, you can see what side had a guy-wire and which did not. They were both on the ground, but the side with the guy-wire a little less so.
Looking at the gate, you can see what side had a guy-wire and which did not. They were both on the ground, but the side with the guy-wire a little less so.

The first thing I had to do was take one of the jacks out of the box and bring it to the gate. I needed to see if I had to add more wood to support the trailer jack, and if so, how much and in which direction. I decided that the best approach would be horizontal, so that the top bolts would be supported by adding on a small section of 2×4 and then the bottom screws would go right into the bottom 2×6 board.

I used eight screws per 2×4 for added support, and then I added the trailer jacks. I used lag bolts from Lowe’s to secure the trailer jacks to the gate.

Trailer jacks added to the fence gate.
Trailer jacks added to the fence gate.
View of the 16 foot fence gate before cleanup.
View of the 16 foot fence gate before cleanup.

I took my time, and it took me about 2 hours for get the fence gate hardware mounted. I leveled the gate once I had everything done. I noticed that it was really wet and soggy, and the wheels sunk into the dirt a little bit. In the spring, I will add a thick concrete landing area for the wheels. It will have to be pretty thick and wide to keep it stable as the truck and trailer run it over, but that is an easy task.

The fence gate with the guy-wires down and everything else cleaned up. A coat of paint to the 6x6 posts in the spring and it will be complete.
The fence gate with the guy-wires down and everything else cleaned up. A coat of paint to the 6×6 posts in the spring and it will be complete.

It looks a lot better and level, and off the ground ! The jacks costs about $27.00 USD each and it will make the gate last a long time. Another do it yourself (DIY) mission complete !

New to Forrest Fenn’s The Thrill of the Chase?

The Thrill of the Chase – Keep from getting derailed.

You now have a brand new book in your hands called The Thrill of the Chase. You open it and start reading the book like everyone else has done. When you finish the book, your immediate thought should be written down. It may be important later.

#1 Most important rule – DO NOT write in the book ! Put your notes in text file that you can carry with you. I have over a Gig of data that is on my phone. Don’t let past thoughts written in a book mess up your current thoughts.

On my PC, i create a folder called Forrest Fenn. In there I have created folders named for the information that is stored within; maps, photos, search locations, etc. Once its updated I transfer what I can to my phone, so I can carry it with me if I go somewhere and there is no phone reception.

I bought a boatload of books from the official store who sells the Forrest Fenn Books, The Thrill of the Chase, too far too walk and Once Upon a While. Its in Santa Fe, New Mexico and its called The Collected Works Bookstore and Coffee House.

I have since handed out four copies of The Thrill of the Chase to people whom I believe I can trust and I am sure they will help. One received a copy of The Thrill of the Chase on Christmas Day. The other “surprise” package will be delivered to another potential searcher in the coming days. I know these people have great potential and will aid in a brainstorm that may be bigger than a summer thunderstorm in Montana.

Not only in MY opinion, but others say it as well.

In my opinion, here is a way to keep yourself on track and don’t become distracted by every body else’s I think, maybe, it could be, I don’t knows…..


Read the book normally. Then read the poem over and over and over again and just think about every line. Read it four, five, ten times. And them, go back and read the book again slowly looking for hints in the book that will help you with clues in the poem.

Forrest wrote:

The person who finds the treasure will have studied the poem over and over, and thought, and analyzed and moved with confidence. Nothing about it will be accidental. T. S. Eliot said:

We shall not cease from our exploration
And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time


Stay off the You tuber channels who THINK they know whats going on. They have not found the treasure themselves in nearly ten years, so what they have to say may not be the best answer to your question. In my opinion, they are looking for people to give them your best guess where THEY can look. No one in The Thrill of the Chase is going to give you the winning answer to a million dollar prize, so do not offer your solution to them.

 Forrest responds-

You are not the first to figure the postmarks into some kind of equation. What difference does it make which one came first, the book or the hiding? You are an individual thinker and the kind who might find the treasure. But remember, if you follow yourself around a circle sooner or later you’ll be behind yourself. Happy hunting. f

Forrest Fenn and the Thrill of the Chase references

Tarry Scant is a website that has links to emails, posts and videos that Forrest Fenn more than likely has said something about the word. At the top center, put in your word(s) you would like to search for. A list of results will appear, and from there to the right of the result should be a LINK that will take you to that quote. I HIGHLY Suggest being careful of what you reveal and type in here. I am sure it is monitored. What I mean is, don’t type in specific geographical locations. Search for key words here:

Forrest Fenn Videos about The Thrill of the Chase and his life in general. in my opinion are pretty important to set the “mood”. BOOK MARK these video locations.

Dal Neitzel made some videos of Forrest Fenn, they are here:

I will add to this post later, or offer more content within these walls. I suggest reading the book at least once and then, be careful on your searches for information.

The Thrill of the Chase- A part of a video game?

Is The Thrill of the chase part of a video game ?

The Thrill of The Chase is either a Calling or an Omen…

So last night I lit off Steam and seen a friend playing Dying Light. He is just starting with “The Following” campaign and I decided to join his game, offer some tool of the trade, suggestions and answer any questions he may have.

We’re finishing up our third quest and he goes back to the farm house area to speak with an elder. I comically jump on the back of the farm hand and then the friend turns in his quest and grabs another. This small cut scene starts…

Is The Thrill of the chase part of a video game ?
Is The Thrill of the chase part of a video game ?

My eyes caught the pop up box to the middle right almost immediately and I snapped a screenshot. All I could do is simply shake my head and smile. The quest in this video game is some what like Forrest Fenn’s The Thrill of the Chase. You have to go find a cache of weapons which may aid in the game.

Sure, The Thrill of the Chase can be applied to many facets in life, it is all about how you label something. You name it something that is “appropriate” for your mindset. Then you can focus on that quest and probably have a successful ending.

I have a friend down south of my location and I shared this photo with her. All she could say is “WOW !” I am trying to get her to become a search partner, if anything, just the armchair type. For those that I appreciate and elect, I am one that does not mind sharing some of the spoils that I have, and may have in the near future.

So this is just another way for some unknown force to put me back on the tracks and start to focus on my search area once again. I want to narrow down this location a little more before the Fall of 2020 so I have less distractions when I am boots on the ground.

Just a wild encounter that I thought I would share with the general crowd who surf here.