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Fence Post Question

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Has anyone ever heard or seen a 4x4 post both anchored onto the side of a brick house (into the house's sheathing) and base cemented into the ground? Is this overkill?

What I have seen is 2x4 PT boards anchored into the side of a house, but not a 4x4.

My situation is such that the board secured to the house will not actually hold the gate door (~6ft. high) itself, but will secure one end of a very short (2ft. max width) fixed fence panel. The other side of the fence panel will be connected to an existing 4x4 post which holds up the gate door.

For a picture of what I'm talking about, look at the left side of this entry way and notice how only a 2x4 is anchored into the wall for the nonmoving section (and even the moving section for this fence door):

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If I am understanding correctly: you propose to have a 4x4 attached to the house - then ~2' of fence - a 4x4 gate post - and then the gate, hinge side to the 4x4 post. Given the 4x4 gate post is set in concrete and carrying the weight of the gate, I would not set the 4x4 attached to the house in concrete - not needed. I would ensure the 4x4 attachment to the house is very secure - preferably to studs, if possible, rather than just the sheathing.

I have a fairly heavy wooden gate, in a similar but different setting - it's hinge side is attached to the corner of the house, directly to the corner studs. One of the most solid 'gate posts' I have ever had. :)
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