installing gate into a slumpstone fence

Old 04-06-13, 06:00 AM
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Had a contractor build a new slumpstone fence. Need a 42" opening to install the gate. Wall is off by approx. 1/8 to 1/4 inch on side where gate is to be mounted. What is the best way for me to shave off that extra block in order to install the 42 inch cedar gate into the opening. Also what is the proper way to anchor it to install hinges and hardware? Never done this before?
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Isn't it easier to reduce the gate than it is the block?
Old 04-16-13, 08:11 PM
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I suspect you'll get a much better installation if you anchor vertical 2 x 4s, oriented flat, against the slump block. One for the hinge side, one for the latch side. Granted, you'll then need to trim the gate to fit the finished opening, less 1/4" or so. You can use an angle grinder with a coarse wheel to grind matching surface profiles on the back faces of the 2 x 4s, taking off a bit more on the one needing it to make a plumb fit.

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