Is 6' too long for a privacy fence gate?

Old 08-14-06, 06:56 AM
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Is 6' too long for a privacy fence gate?

Like many others I'm going to build a privacy fence around a chain link fence. I would like to put two gates where the old chain link gates are, they are 6' long, I plan to cut the pickets to about 3' tall and use the solid metal posts that are there.

Is there anyway to make the 6' x 3' gate stable and sag-proof. I'm not afraid to spend a little to get a good product. I want something that I'm not taking down in two months to re-enforce.

Thanks in advance.

Old 08-17-06, 05:13 AM
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Its possible...

I have an 8' wide x 6' high gate made out of pressure treated wood and is done in a shadow box style to look like the rest of the fence. The gate itself is solid but the post is a little loose. I should have put in a longer post with more concrete to hold it solid.

I used a build a gate kit from a big box store. It has metal brackets for the corners and seems sturdy after a year. The only thing I dislike about the kit, is you need to have perfectly straight wood to have the gate be close to straight - not easy to find with green treeted wood. To get around the wood issue I used a top and bottom latch, it holds the gate square and gives it more support on the open end.

Good luck!
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Diagonal bracing will prevent the gates from sagging. Apply bracing to the gates and to the gate posts. Good luck with your project.

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