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Old 05-02-2010, 07:37 PM   #1
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Im going to build a gate 6' wide on a 6' fence. Its a cedar fence. Does it need to be double doors? If so, how do i keep the double doors closing nicely together so they don't swing too far in?

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Old 05-03-2010, 06:09 AM   #2
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Double sounds better to me. Make them like French doors, with one anchored with a movable stop(pipe thru rail into ground or cement), and the other the active gate.

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that sounds pretty reasonable. Is that how most people do it? I measured it out again, and i don't think 6' is big enough. Whats the biggest you can make a gate door thats 6' high?
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That depends on how you build the gate, how heavy it is, what it’s hanging off of, type of hinges. You can go pretty big if you have a wheel on the bottom but wheels don't roll so well on gravel.
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. . .gate door thats 6' high?
It's the width and weight that makes the top hinge want to pull out and the gate want to sag.
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i don't really want to put a wheel on it. I was planning on atatching to a 4x4 cemented into the ground. Would 5' wide gates need any special attention? I plan on building this really stout (but with weight in mind) to avoid any sagging
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Sagging gates and gate posts are a common problem. Having built many gates - unless this is a lightweight chain link gate I would make it two gates. Ensure the gate posts are very well secured in the ground.

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