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Old 01-06-2012, 06:54 PM   #1
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I want to convert a pre-fabbed piece home depot 6' x 8' fence section to an inward-swinging gate. The hinge side will anchor against a garage for support. Because the support side is slightly down from the latch side the bottom will be trimmed upward to maintain ground clearance. Should a get a metal anti sag support kit, and what other recommendations might there be?


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I want to convert a pre-fabbed piece home depot 6' x 8' fence section to a fence. One side will anchor against a garage for support. What other issues should I be aware of?
The way a section of fence is constructed will not, without modification, be a good gate. You'll need to install cross-bucks. Heavy hinges are a must. And I'd either put a wheel on the outside end of the gate, or install a cable from the outside end to the garage - about 8' off the ground.

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Try just running a diagonal 1x (obviously from the lower hinge up to the top of the swing side) and see how it holds up before dumping money in it for cable and turnbuckles, etc. You'de be amazed what one diagonal brace can do.

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I have some very sturdy thick hinges. There are three cross members on this
piece of fence. So three hinges seems like a good idea. Where would the connection points for a proposed 8' cable be? I'm not sure I understand how that would connect to a moving gate. I thought of the wheel idea also but the latch side is too uneven for that.
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A "1x" would be a 1" thick board nailed across the back of the three cross members diagonally from the lower hinge side to the upper swing side?
If so, how wide should that board be? The thing would be about 10 or so feet long.
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I have some very sturdy thick hinges. There are three cross members on this
piece of fence. So three hinges seems like a good idea. Where would the connection points for a proposed 8' cable be? I'm not sure I understand how that would connect to a moving gate. I thought of the wheel idea also but the latch side is too uneven for that.
I think he's just saying hook a cable from the upper outside of the gate to high up on the garage above the hinges. That would work pretty good (I would still run a couple diagonals)
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A "1x" would be a 1" thick board nailed across the back of the three cross members diagonally from the lower hinge side to the upper swing side?
If so, how wide should that board be? The thing would be about 10 or so feet long.
A 1x6. Maybe one on the inside and one on the outside.
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The original gate section to be replaced was about 4 feet wide and about 4 feet high. It was anchored into to a stucco wall against a 4" x 4" x 5' member with two anchor bolts into the wall. With the larger, heavier proposed gate should there be another anchor bolt into the stucco? Would that remove the need for a wall cable onto the gate?
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Definitely.

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You need the wheel.

There’s no way you’ll get the prefab 8’ section of fence not to sag without it.
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You need the wheel.

There’s no way you’ll get the prefab 8’ section of fence not to sag without it.
He can't use a wheel. The terrain has too much up and down.

Try the diagonals, and secure that post real good to the garage.
Diagonal bracing is holding up big houses everywhere.
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