I have a quick question from tNew Zealand. Please bear with me as I am a Chemist not a engineer.
My Partner and I are building a driveway gate and arguing over details.
It is a simple picket gate with a brace a bit like this.
Question is the height of the gate (i.e. the distance between the horizontal bracing beams) make a difference to the gate.
I want to make this distance greater (about 3-4 feet (1.2 m) apart) to give the gate more strength. She wants them smaller about (about 2 feet (about 60 cm) apart) for aesthetic reasons.
Will this difference between braces affect the strength or usability of the gate? The gate will span a 4 meter gap (not sure what that is in feet say 13 and a bit feet)
Cheers very much for your help here