I used pressure treated 2x4x10 for the framework and 6 ft dog eared fence planking. A wider gate will lower the angle of the cross-brace and the gate will sag as described above. I usually use the Semi Transparent Redwood because it gives a rich redwood tone and lets the wood grain show through. We recommend getting three estimates to compare before commiting to the cost of installing a new fence. Cut the hose to match the length of the metal gate—with a couple inches to spare on each end so there’s never any danger of the wire touching the gate. If you do not already have fence posts in place, you will need posts in order to install a gate.
If you want to put a fence right on your property line, and local regulations allow you to do so, your neighbor may be willing to share in the cost and maintenance. But on the arbor gate I put the dog eared side at the bottom because I was going to be cutting the top of each board differently anyway. The average set of gate hinges can handle the weight of a gate that’s about 50 to 75 pounds. The American Fence Association provides a photo gallery 2 of different types of fences. It’s really no more difficult that putting up those pre-built Home Depot fence sections.
It is a good option for goats, sheep, pigs, cattle, horses and llama.Â They are a good deterrent for keeping predators out as well as your livestock in. Keep in mind that, an electric fence is only a psychological barrier and may not be the best option for very head strong animals- such as a buck in rut. A stile is best for an infrequently-used but important crossing in snow country, where a conventional gate would be snowed closed for months at a time. He quickly stained the fence using deck stainer and sealer while Ali and I were having a snack.
However, the peace of mind that a quality wood fence can offer families with children or people with pets is the real value of residential fencing. Purchase the wood for your project and unload it. I used cedar for my fence posts and rails because I love the look of an all cedar” fence. I also didn’t want the gate to take up the full span from the house to the fence, so I put in a post a few feet from the house and used that for the hinges.
Unlike wooden panels that turn grey and weathered looking if not maintained due to moisture, wrought iron fencing deals with unattractive rust. Installation of a 4′-6′ tall chain-link fence with privacy slats or a built-in fabric screen can cost $6-$40 a foot ($600-$4,000 for 100′ and $1,800-$12,000 for 300′) depending on the type of materials, whether installation in included, and the height, gauge and mesh of the fence. I just trimmed the wood slats slightly and inset the hinges so the gates would sit flush.
When driving fence staples, drive them at a slight angle to the vertical axis of the post. If you’ve chosen treated wooden fence board, for example, check to make sure the boards aren’t cracked or warped and make sure all the posts are straight. A great way to get an old world look is to add decorative iron hinges to the front of the gate or door. As a gate swings closed, the latch is susceptible to a lot of pressure and can work its way loose or bend.
I then added a flat piece along the top of the fence to finish it off, and added an 8” brushed metal cabinet handle on either side. You can get beautiful, decorative wrought iron and sculpted wood gates that will last a lifetime and more. This keeps both points of the staple from sinking into the same vertical grain of the wood and possibly splitting it. A wooden fence stretcher can be made from a couple of 2x4s and a half-dozen bolts.
To help maintain your fencing, a non-toxic wood preservative, such as log oil, can be applied to the posts and poles periodically with a brush, even after the chicken wire is installed. This arrangement makes the fence much more effective than charging every wire, especially when the ground is dry. However, when you weigh these costs against replacing poles, boards and posts—or rebuilding corrals and pens—you’ll find that chicken wire is a thrifty way to prolong the life of your wooden fences.
This added to the time it took (since we couldn’t just cut off the top when we were done…we had to make sure the tops of each of the fence posts were level with each other as we installed them), but I think it is a good look. Your gate builder can provide one with your new garden gate, or if you already have a gate installed you can purchase a stand-alone gate stop.
Measure the gate opening with a tape measure and construct the gate so that it is 1/2-inch narrower than the opening. An old wheel or tire with any kind of long axle attached to it can also be securely wired to a metal gate by fastening the axle to the bottom rail or pipe. Not just a fence maker, capable to manage a fencing project, understands the result and what will look best before it is made.
We use post and plank fence along the driveway, stock panels to control breeding bucks in season, and chain link to protect our poultry and garden. On a new fence or gate, set nails and screws below the surface, fill all cracks and nail holes with an exterior-grade wood filler, and spot-seal knot holes with an exterior sealer This will keep the knots from bleeding through the finish paint. Now this was a little trickier for the arbor gate because of the curved detail.
Granted, two of those were half days and we were bogged down by chatty neighbors, but since this is the first fence we had ever built, it took quite a while. In photo 2 – the second gate was reinforced (as it pretty-much fell apart over the extensively brutal winter this year), and in Photo 3, we’re now going to need to replace a post or two – as one has rotted out at the bottom. The wheel takes all the weight and supports a gate or panel to prevent further sagging and enables easy opening and closing. They took it apart and opened the frame wider, put new chain link fencing on the gate and a new latch.
But these corner braces at 4 for $30 might totally be worth it. Oh and you can definitely build a gate yourself! While installing your wood posts, make sure you mark where the gate opening will be. Your gate posts will have a different distance compared to that of other fence posts. Now the gate was urgent and I had pretty much ruled out the possibility of a simple gate with my years of build-up. Once the chain link is disconnected, ‘peel’ it back far enough to miss the place where your other gate post belongs. I’d highly recommend using concrete in all the end and gate posts at the very minimum.
To keep the gate from sagging and being difficult to operate, set and brace your gate posts the same as you would any anchor posts. Before deciding the best type of fence for your home, you’ll also need consider your fence’s primary purpose, required maintenance and your neighborhood’s HOA rules. Do me a favor though – spend extra money and get hardware that won’t rust – nothing worse than rust bleeding on wood. The only instance of something being recommended for internal installation in a wooden garden gate is a deadbolt. Face the gate frame with the same design as the rest of the fence using boards or pickets. Split locust fence posts are a way to get wooden fence posts without the chemical treatment.
When a fence is more than 650 feet (two rolls of wire) between corner posts, use braced line post assemblies every 650 feet in the fence line. When choosing a NPT lumber, because there are no added preservatives, you would want to select a wood that has natural anti-rot properties. A hinge door stopper (the same kind we used inside) keeps the gate from hitting the side of the house. You do not want a second rate fence to be the only thing that stands between you and a zombie herd.
To add stability and strength to your wood gate, insert diagonal braces on the railings in between your latch and hinge posts. Once you nail your runners, take two pieces of wood and place them on the diagonal so they meet just under your top runner in the middle to form the letter A. Make sure you double measure your cuts so the diagonal pieces fit between each runner. Take another wood rail, preferably one that matches the rails on your panel, and lay it diagonally across your gate. Make sure the wood is completely dry before you stain it. Do not apply anytime there is dew on the ground or the wood. I found (both times I did this) that the gate required a little tuning after a couple of weeks.
One trick I learned from my dad is to coat the exposed end of wooden posts, particularly corner posts, with a thick coating of roof tar. It acts like a giant shelf bracket that will hold the gate structure at a 90-degree angle to the post on which it’s mounted. Among the worst homestead fencing horror stories are those involving carefully putting up an expensive fence only to learn it is over the property line and has to be torn down. The pickets are nailed to the 2×4 rails (all 3). And then on the front, i used 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ trim boards to sandwich them and give the fence a finished look.