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Old 10-11-2010, 08:25 AM   #16
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I used a 2x2 tie found at the Home Depot with deck screws:


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Old 10-12-2010, 09:36 PM   #17
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I have never had luck setting posts ahead of time while installing pre-made fence sections. They always tend to travel and end up too close or far apart from each other. What works for me is to set and plumb one post then one section at a time, step back and make sure the sections are still in line with my guideline.

As far as constructing a gate. The best tip I've seen is to construct the gate and posts on a flat surface as one unit complete with hardware and frame in top and bottom of the gate with 2x4's to be removed later. Then the entire unit lifted and placed in the two post holes which are filled with concrete. If you connect both posts with concrete in a trench in between, that will give it more stability and prevent grass and weeds from growing under your gate. I did not do it this way but definitely will when I eventually redo my gates.

Incidentally, I really like the gate in the picture.
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I'm building a similar gate and have a few questions I hope someone can answer.

1. In the bottom panel, should the boards be glued together as a single panel and then allow for expansion/contraction on the sides or should all the panel boards be loose? The panel boards on my fence are tongue and grooved, so if i were to leave them loose, should I put a brad in the center of each board (top and bottom) to allow each one the expand and contract?

2. How are the 2X2 slats in the top attached? I was thinking of using dowels on mine, but it seems like alot of work. Better solution?
Well, I finally finished (ok, 98% finished) this project. It is a gate and two fence panels that run from the house to the garage under the breezeway. It was a lot more work than I expected, but I am pleased with the result.

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That looks great!
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:16 AM   #20
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construct the gate and posts on a flat surface as one unit complete with hardware
this is the best website for learning & sharing. thanks for this tip. i have two gates to build next spring so this will come in handy.

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Old 12-04-2010, 11:44 PM   #21
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that looks real nice, good job!!


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