A smart-looking fence in tip-top condition can greatly increase the curb appeal of your home. When selecting lumber for your gate construction, look for the straightest possible pieces to start off with. The rebuild included removing old fence & posts, cutting new holes in the concrete edging & putting in new posts. An electric fence wire installed on the opposite side of the post will prevent horses from rubbing on or chewing the board. At Frederick Fence, one of our signature touches on almost all of our fence gates is the use of an A-frame when building the brace.
Locate the stile on the post (wide side of stile board facing the inner face of the post so the outer faces of both gate and fence-infill boards are even). I wanted to save the newer wood for the gate, which would have to handle much more stress on a daily basis. Line posts can be as small as 2½ inches, but larger ones will make the fence stronger and more durable.
Your finish coat will be determined by the look you want to achieve as well as the type of wood you use. If you or the wind were to slam the gate closed, that force could push the gate further than it should go. The result of this is extreme force on your hinges and on your latch-arm. There’s no point in giving you dimensions, because the chances your gate is the same as mine is slim. Installation of wood fence gates costs roughly $4 to $8 per linear foot (approximately $20 to $60 for a single gate and $50 to $125 for a double gate).
IT’S a problem most homeowners have to come to terms with eventually: If you have a wooden fence with a wooden gate, chances are one or both is going to sag, lean, warp or twist. Doug came and fixed it. The frame on the gate needed to be opened larger because the gate post had shifted and the gate was not wide enough to close properly. In most cases, two hinges will be enough, but if your gate is taller or wider than average, you may need three.
A fence can be used to isolate a piñata or its house in a certain place with fences. Making your gate too tall or too short will cause it to seem out of proportion in comparison. Certain types of wood are more susceptible to weather and insect damage than others. Call L & C Fence & Gate and let our experts help you choose the fence or gate that you need.
Wooden gates can have a solid design if you are concerned with privacy, or an open, picket like style. In addition to offering near perfect visual privacy, a stockade fence of the correct height with not allow dogs to escape by jumping over and there will be no worries about young children climbing over for a bit of un-chaperoned exploration. Build a sturdy fence around your property, and vandals or burglars are less likely to enter your home. I’m not talking about 5 minutes of thinking – I mean really laying it out on paper and considering the nuances, especially if there’s a gate involved.
Where long-term maintenance is involved, record any agreement that allows you to enter the neighbor’s property to repair your fence. This should be 2 to 2.5 times as long as the height of the fence in order to achieve the proper angle for the diagonal brace wire. We always set the gate posts and corner posts with concrete so over time the fence doesn’t drift and move out of alignment.
It is likely that the studs may not line up across from each other perfectly, but it is OK to mount the gate on a slight angle so that the hinge and latch side are offset by a few inches. Then it will roll freely and easily on the ground, taking the weight of the gate without binding or catching. Multiple open fence gates next to each other can be passed through as if the entire space is open. The width can be determined by adding the width of one gate post to the gate opening size.
Gates generally swing into the yard (mandatory for pool compliance) and the latch is generally installed on the gate post which is closer to the house (so a gate on the right side of the house generally latches on the left gate post). The previous owner chipped away a chunk of it and cemented their fence post, which had left a nice 4” square hole right where I wanted to put MY fence post. By doing so, the gate won’t swing out so far that it strains the screws holding the hinges to the post on in-swinging gates, or blocks pedestrians walking along your fence on an out-swinging gate.
How much it sags will depend on the bracing you choose, on the weight of the gate, and on the wood or material the gate is made from. To do this, measure the picket width and, taking the desired spacing into account, determine the number of pickets needed to cover the width of the gate frame. Preassembled fence panels have a top and bottom support rail between the frame to which the pickets are attached.
But we now have a section of custom length that surely does not need to accommodate the picket spacing used by the original fence. There is a tremendous amount of tension on a given run of fence and it takes some pretty stout posts and anchors to support it. Electric fencing is a very economical way to fence in a large variety of animals over a large piece of land.
Generally speaking, cedar fares better than pressure-treated wood, but, considering the factors mentioned above, as well as others, such as the size of the tree that the planks came from, it really becomes the luck of the draw if the wood behaves itself or not. Getting the posts plumb is especially important when they’re intended to support a gate; if they’re off, the gate may never swing or close properly.
Again, if hanging a pair of gates and the ground underneath the gates slopes from one side of your opening to the other, then start by fitting the gate on the highest side of the opening and minimise the clearances at this point. You may use wooden posts for which you will have to dig postholes or you might decide to use steel T” posts, which may be driven into the ground with a sledge or post driver.
The answer isn’t so straightforward, because there are many factors at play when dealing with wood, especially wood that’s going to be exposed to the elements. Check local zoning laws, which may regulate the size and placement of your fence. To do this, place all the pickets onto the ledge and push them tightly to one side of the gate; they want to be hard up to one of the first pickets we fixed. For vehicles and machinery, 14 feet should be wide enough, although a 16 foot gate may be necessary for major farm machinery, especially if the driver has to turn at the entry.
You’ll also want to talk with your highway commissioner and check your deed to make sure you won’t be putting the fence inside a right of way or across an easement. I used a gate anti-sag kit that is hidden inside the fence in case I need to use it. The turnbuckle is fairly easy to access through the slats if the gate starts to sag. Cut the new rail to length if needed, then attach it to the rails of your gate. The last board may need to be cut down to fit flush with the edge of the gate frame.
To help ensure that the fence you are building is going to be nice and straight, simply set the corner posts first. Step 2- Where you made your marks cut down that line at a 50 to 60 degree angle so the gate doesn’t bind when it’s opened or closed. One of the most important things in a gate’s design is a cross-brace in the structure, starting from top corner opposite the hinges (free-swinging side of the gate), pointing downward to the lower hinged side of the gate. Put the two piece together, place the unit against the post/gate and mark where the holes fall.
Having been armed with the basics of gate structure, you are now equipped to build your unique design to match your tastes. The automatic gate can be an extension of a privacy gate, or one that merely blocks off entry to your property, or just to your house. Even rustic, natural fencing needs some occasional treatment to keep the wood in good condition and help it last for years and years. USING THE MEASUREMENTS DESCRIBED ON THE SCHEMATIC FOR THIS STYLE OF FENCE, MARK OUT ALL RAILS FOR EACH FENCE PANEL ON ALL POSTS.
Remove the tie wires from the top rail and line post(s) and hog rings from the bottom wire, if one exists, that are located between the two terminals to make way for the new gate. The minimum width for any gate a horse will be passing through is 4 feet; however, if you foresee the need for equipment to pass through the gate, make it at least 8 feet wide. We added another vertical 2×4 on the back side of the fence to keep the planks straighter.
We’ve created a section of information about Double Gate Hardware and Gate Latches for Double Gates with everything you’ll need to understand the factors that go into a quality double gate installation. First, cut two stiles so they are the exact distance between the top edge of the top rail and the lower edge of the bottom rail of your fence (unless different on your plan).