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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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No problem locking a 4x4 to a house, but if the post is also locked into the ground w/ concrete you better make sure the post is not lifting at all from frost heaving... as far as I can see. If you are only holding up a short chunk of fence, then yes, I'd say the concrete is overkill and potentially a problem, assuming the house is solid where connected.
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