How to build a fence gate
Posted: October 16, 2014
Categories: Product Advice
A fence gate is a necessity for all gardens as it allows you to enter and exit your boundary with great ease. In terms of security, gates are essential for pet’s safety especially in the front gardens and keep unwanted visitors out.
Building a fence is extremely easy and will not break the bank. There are various ways you can build a gate in all different shapes and styles but this guide will explore the easiest way. Measurements will depend on the size of your fence however this guide will offer tips and hints and a general understanding in order for you to build your fence.
In order for you to fit the gate, two fence posts will be required. If you do not have these already, check out our guide to creating fence posts.
What you will need:
- Measuring tape
- Picket/Timber lengths
- To start off with, measure the distance between your two fence posts and note it down. Then using that measurement, cut two lengths of timber two inches less than the distance between the two. EG – If your distance is 30 inches then cut two lengths that measure 28 inches. These will become the top and bottom planks which create the frame.
- Measure how high you would like your fence – We recommend having a gate similar height to your fence line as this will look the best. If you want a shorter or higher fence than that is completely up to you. Once you have selected a height, cut two more lengths which will then create the frame.
- The next task is to form the frame. Place the two height planks straight and then screw the width planks on top to form a rectangle. If the gate is tall then we advise adding a middle brace to distribute even pressure.
- Now you have your frame, time to add the picket lengths. Any timber can be used to fill in the middle depending on your budget. All DIY stores will have different types to suit all desired styles. Measuring again the width distance between the two side lengths and the width of the pickets/posts you can work out how many will fit between the two side posts.
- Using screws and screwdriver you can position the pickets so that they fit between and form a secure fence. Some prefer fence gates completely filled, some prefer gaps. Either way you have a gate that functions.
- Now your gate is ready, apply a layer of fence treatment to ensure longer protection against rot. Once dry you can start to attach your gate.
- Using a fixture kit which includes a gate hinges, attach the gate and test that it works. If you have issues with it fitting then move the hinge attachment forward or backwards to achieve perfect hanging.
- Finally it’s time to add the bolt lock, adding a lock will keep the gate shut when it is not in use, protecting your pets from the outside.
Now you have a working fence gate. If the above seems like too much hassle then check out our range of stunning gates as well as fences on site.
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