I have another client who needs a replacement garden gate. The old one is
just worn out and sagging. I'm looking for tricks of the trade to speed up
the construction and make a more accurate gate.
Here's the old process:
Cut three horizontal rails and lay them out on the ground.
* Align the vertical pickets on top of the rails.
Fiddle around until everything is square (or skewed for a gate over
sloping ground). This step takes forever, and it's a royal pain if the
gate isn't supposed to be square.
* Nail on the pickets.
Hang the gate.
* Shift the non-hinge end up and down to align the gate with the fence.
Cut two diagonal braces and attach them to the rails.
* Nail the pickets to the diagonals.
Attach the latch.
* Cut a strip to cover the latch-side gap.
I've done some internet searches for a better process, but I can't find
anything with details, just hand-waving explanations, and _none_
approach it from a production point of view. Everything is aimed at a DIY
guy who has a whole weekend.
So what say you? Who has the best process for building a garden gate?
New Life Home Improvement
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