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dppatt 10-14-2009 01:34 PM

gate for chain link fence

My first time here.

I would like to install a gate in my backyard chain link fence so I can park in the back. This would give my wife safer, quicker access to the house.

But I don't know where to start, other than just start cutting the fence. I would like to have a gate wide enough to drive through and one that could open with a control like a garage door. My local "box stores" don't really carry gates like this and thy referred me to contractors. But I would rathrer DIY and save a little.

Thanks - David

stuart45 10-14-2009 02:18 PM

One quick point about chain link, you don't need to cut it. Just unwind a spiral, after bending the top and bottom pieces over.

dppatt 10-14-2009 02:30 PM

good point - thanks - I am thinking about using the section of fence I take out for the body of the gate and some pipe or whatever for supports at the top bottom and diagonal. Then I would need a few posts to reattach the fence. Does this sound reasonable?

stuart45 10-14-2009 02:46 PM

You can use angle iron for making the gate, and get a couple of posts from a fencing supplier.

dppatt 10-14-2009 02:59 PM

OK - I guess angleiorn is cheaper than pipe. But I am not sure how to attach the fencing to the angleiorn - maybe drill holes in it and tie the fence with heavy wire - not sure about that part...

stuart45 10-14-2009 03:11 PM

[quote=dppatt;340728]OK - maybe drill holes in it and tie the fence with heavy wire - not sure about that part...[/quote/]
Thats one way to do it.

Scuba_Dave 10-14-2009 06:17 PM

Keep an eye on craigslist, I see people trying to get rid of chain link stuff all the time

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