Friday, May 27, 2011

Install A Gate

If you've got a pool in your yard or if you just want to keep people and animals from wandering across your property you need a fence to keep them out, and part of that fence is a gate. Here's a plan that you can easily adapt to build a gate to meet your needs. Does this Spark an idea?


Installing Gate Posts

1. Collect the following:

2 x 3 lumber

4 x 4 fence posts

1 x 6 fence boards


Measuring tape

Galvanized nails or non-rusting screws

Fence post digger (or auger)

Gate hardware (hinges and latch)

2. Use the fence post digger to dig 2 holes at least 3 feet apart. Remember, you want the gate to be wide enough to allow easy passage of yard tools and equipment into the yard (things like a wheelbarrow).

3. Ensure the holes are at least 2 feet deep and 10 to 12 inches wide. (If you live in areas where the ground freezes the hole should be deeper, probably 3 to 4 feet to get below the frost line).

4. Mix and pour cement into the holes, then install the fence posts.

5. Check and adjust the alignment of the posts so they are plumb and square to each other.

6. Allow the cement to dry/set up for 24 hours

Building the Gate

7. Measure and cut your 2 x 3's for the gate frame so you will have 1" of clearance on each side.

8. Layout the gate frame by placing 2 x 3's on edge and nailing the corners together.

Measure diagonally from corner to corner--and adjust the layout until the measurements are the same. (This will ensure the gate will be square).

9. Install corner bracing by measuring, cutting and installing a piece of 2 x 3 lumber running diagonally from corner to corner.

10. Measure, cut and install a piece of 2 x 3 (laid flat) horizontally across the mid point of the gate to act as a brace.

11. Attach your fence boards to the frame using galvanized nails or screws that won't rust. The boards should be flush with the edge of the frame and extend equally above and below the frame.

Installing the Gate

12. Place your gate between the fence posts and hold it in place with bracing so the bottom is properly positioned (raised off the ground) and the sides are 1" from the posts.

13. Attach a hinge to each of the horizontal framing 2 x 3's and then to the fence post.

14. Attach your gate latch to the other side of the gate and gate post.

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