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Keeping an outside swinging privacy gate "clean"

Keeping an outside swinging privacy gate "clean"


Old 12-13-07, 09:57 AM
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Keeping an outside swinging privacy gate "clean"

I've got a pair of 6' privacy gates (12' opening) that are going to be swinging to the -outside-, as opposed to the inside. The hinges, however, will be attached to the gate (and steel posts) from the -inside-. These will be metal stockade gates attached / hinged to steel posts. Cedar pickets will then be attached to blend the gates with the rest of the fence.

Ideally, I'd like the fence to appear seam-free (from the exterior), however I realize the pickets will bind on themselves when the gate swings open (if the gates / neighboring fence are flush, and no gaps).

I'm looking for a way to keep the pickets from binding (when the gate swings open), and yet avoid having a large "gap" between pickets where you can see the metal fenceposts.

Or, different / better ideas on how / where to place the hinges. One of the gates opens "uphill" due to the slope of the land, so I'll need to offset the hinges as well.

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Old 12-13-07, 02:39 PM
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Thinking about hinges on the first picket for the gate to mount it on the fence so that it swings out of the way when the gate opens.....
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