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New 48" wide gate. Is too heavy to hang from 4x4 posts?

New 48" wide gate. Is too heavy to hang from 4x4 posts?

Old 07-14-13, 01:54 PM
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New 48" wide gate. Is too heavy to hang from 4x4 posts?

I have had a custom redwood gate built, 48" wide, made of 2x6s and is 6' tall. Will the 4x4 posts hold this much weight even with heavy duty 4x4 gate hinges? We plan to add a 6x6 joist above the posts for design using mortise and tenon joints from the posts.
Option's I see are to:
Replace the 4x4 posts with 6x6 and/or size up the hinges to 4 1/2x4 1/2?

Would appreciate advice.
Old 07-14-13, 08:37 PM
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You might need a wheel under it.
Old 07-16-13, 10:23 AM
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If the option still exists to use one size post over the other, I would certainly go with the 6x6 over the 4x4.

You could use a wheel as previously mentioned, but using a wheel on a wood gate is very hard on the construction of the gate frame. All the motion of the gate wheel rolling over uneven ground may give the gate the chance to losen up over time. The frame will be become fragile and for the most part it would fall apart in use.

Wheels have their place... steel frames, Aluminum or in some cases split rail gate frames.

Getting a wheel that has its own spring for adjusting to the grade would be best. Costly, but best.

Good luck,

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