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Building deck gate - what gap


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07-20-11, 03:26 PM   #1  
Building deck gate - what gap

Have a 3x3ft opening that I want to build a deck gate into. what width should I build the deck gate to accommodate for potential gate sag, post twisting over time, etc? I know in the past I've built a couple of fence gates too close which looked good but after a couple of winters they rubbed and had to be planed due to the issues above.

 
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07-20-11, 06:30 PM   #2  
The gate must be slightly narrower than the opening to accommodate swing without hitting. Gate sag can be handles by installing an angle board from the bottom of the hinge side to the top of the latch side. It will keep it lifted up

 
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07-20-11, 06:56 PM   #3  
What space would you recommend I leave?

 
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07-21-11, 03:29 AM   #4  
The wider boards you use for the gate, the more gap you will need. If made of 2x4's leave a gap of 1/2-3/4". To be exact, measure diagonally across the top of your gate board and make it 36" long on the diagonal.

 
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