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echobravo 06-05-2012 09:18 AM

turning a fence section into a gate
 
im looking to replace a section of my fence and turn it into a gate.
i want the gate to be sturdy and not flimsy when it opens and closes.

my current fence is the stockade type of wood fence so im gonna keep with that type of fence to keep it all the same style.

i was thinking of putting 1x2's runing vertically on the end of fence section and screwing them into the horizontal cross pieces to make a frame and then 1 diagonal piece at the top and 1 at the bottom to help assure its sturdy.

im looking for opinions on if you think this will make it sturdy
or maybe some other easier/better way to do this?

thanks

tony.g 06-05-2012 09:34 AM

You dont say what width or height the gate is to be.
In any event, 2x1 seems a bit flimsy.

bill01 06-05-2012 10:40 AM

I have tried that a number of times with little success. The large problem is sag. The fence section tend to distort diagonally even when I tried to brace it. The only method I found that worked over the long term was to place a wheel at the far end to support the far corner of the fence. The other method I used was a heavy duty metal farm gate and then attached wood fence boards to it. The boards did nothing other than hide the fact I was using a metal farm gate.

hand drive 06-05-2012 02:10 PM

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...-202024400-_-N

works great and lasts without sag issues if installed correctly.

echobravo 06-05-2012 02:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tony.g (Post 936743)
You dont say what width or height the gate is to be.
In any event, 2x1 seems a bit flimsy.

the gate would be 6 ft high and 5 wd.
i was just thinking maybe using 2x4 on the hinge side and 2x1 on the opposite side and diagonal would be better?

echobravo 06-05-2012 02:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hand drive (Post 936911)
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...-202024400-_-N

works great and lasts without sag issues if installed correctly.

thanks for the reply but 80 bucks for metal gate?


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