I want to make one of the fence sections around my yard into a gate.
They are regular spaced vertical planks of cedar on three horizontal
planks, and about 8 feet wide and 6 high.
I was considering cutting in half down the middle, putting a couple of
diagonals (one in each side). And then hinging the edges. The posts are
solid and concreted in fine.
Does this sound like a decent plan? I'm concerned about the thing
sagging. I don't want any latch in the middle, so I'll put in a
castle-style plank that can be lifted or rotated out of the way.
Thanks for any tips if anyone has done such a thing.
My neighbors fence has gates on that scale, mounted to 4 X 4 posts, and
they seem to work OK although they are seldom opened. Your plan sounds
OK to me. Don't skimp on the hinges; use real sturdy ones and mount
with lag bolts. The hinges will take up some space - instead of just
one cut to halve the fence section, you may have to make two cuts to
remove an inch or so of it (i.e. make each half about a half inch less
wide). Zero sag may be hard to achieve even with diagonal bracing; you
may want to initially mount them pointed up slightly to compensate. --
- posted on November 29, 2005, 2:20 pm
Yes, ok that's a good idea. I wonder if I should put in a top piece
extended up a foot or so and then arching over (flat) to hold the two
posts apart more strongly. I'd have to see what that looks like, maybe
I'll try without for starters.