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Old 10-17-2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone can advise me on how to turn a section of my fence into a gate. My fence runs down the sides of my house, and one side is a gate and the other is just completely fenced in. I'd like to turn that into a gate so I can hide my garbage and recycle bins.

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1. Carefully disassemble the rails and pickets from that fence section.
2. Build a gate using the materials from (1). There's no shortage of instructional videos on youtube, but you should just be able to duplicate your neighbor's gate.
3. Purchase hinges and other necessary hardware.
4. Install gate

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I won't need to buy any materials besides screws and nails? Is this tutorial good enough?

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how...ate/index.html
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I won't need to buy any materials besides screws and nails? Is this tutorial good enough?

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how...ate/index.html
Fasteners and hardware (hinges, e.g.,), assuming the lumber is in good shape. You may also need an extra 2x4. Depends on the design.

Two things about that video. It's a bit too general, and it recommends the Kreg pocket hole jig. Great if you have one, but not worth $100 to build just a fence. It's great for a cleaner finish, not a must-have for a fence gate.

Honestly, gates are typically very simple. You'll have one in full detail a few feet away from you (your neighbors). Just copy that design.
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Okay. Yeah I wasn't going to get the pocket hole, and the design is going to be simple. My neighbor to the right of me doesn't have a fence, but I can just copy the design on the other side of the fence.

Now, I'm assuming (since I'm at work), I have three 2x4's going across my fence similar to this:


Will I need any extra posts?
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Will I need any extra posts?
Depends on the size of the section you're turning into a gate. I had misunderstood your situation. I thought you were talking about the common fence between two houses. Around here, there's often 10' between homes, with a fence running down the middle. At the front, there's either a 5' fence section or a gate. See pic. Trying to convert the 5' section into a gate does not require additional posts.

If you're trying to put a 4' gate in the middle of an 8' section of fence, you'll for sure need to install two posts.
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It's a new housing area, and not everyone asked for a fence due to cost. But I had dogs and needed one. The size of the fence is about the size you just showed me. When I get home I'll take a photo.
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Okay. Yeah I wasn't going to get the pocket hole, and the design is going to be simple. My neighbor to the right of me doesn't have a fence, but I can just copy the design on the other side of the fence.

Now, I'm assuming (since I'm at work), I have three 2x4's going across my fence similar to this:


Will I need any extra posts?
Hi, That was beautiful fence out there! And the wood used do have its durable quality. It was made to last.

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