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Project by dmw2018 posted 06-14-2018 04:59 PM 2087 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the inspiration for this project via the “Patio Gate” project done by BenI back in 2013. Last fall we had our old gate break—actual post rotted. Gate was still good but I never liked the construction. It took awhile to find the right design—I was going to just settle and buy a $150 Home Depot special (42” x 6’).

I didn’t copy Ben’s design exactly, try as I might his construction is a bit more skilled then mine. Here are some things to know:
- Pickets are your standard fence Cedar $2-$3 fair – 5/8” x 6” x 6’ you can get just about anywhere. I used dog ear since I was going to cut down to ~ 5ft in height.
- Z bracket are 5/4” x 6” x 6’ cedar.
- Nothing special about 4×4 pressure treated Hemlock/Fir from Lowes: UC4A Ground contact General use. I never went to lumber yard to inquire about UC4B treated (never found at big box or similar material resource stores)
- Top is 2”x6”x8’ Cedar. A more rough grade which saved me about $6 each over what big box store sells
- Power Pro #8 1.5” screws from Lowes is used. Also Power Pro #10×3 for top.
- Stainless steel 1.5” and 1.25” for hinges. #10 size. When you buy these hinges at Lowes they say rated for 35lbs and contain 1” screws I replaced them with the stainless which are actually EXPENSIVE and hard to find in even quantities I wanted (16-20). Fence weight is 30lbs
- Used TWP 1500 stain which seems pretty good. It is Natural color

Width is 42” (pretty much exact). Post spread is 43.25” and in the ground about 20-24” when you include cement protrusion above ground to help with runoff. Good thing is gates come in common sizes so should this gate ever fail and I were lazy I could buy a 42” gate.

Walk-under height is 6’8” and gate height is approximately 5’1” and roughly 1” above the flagstone.

Feel free to ask any questions,

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#1 posted 06-14-2018 06:29 PM

You did a nice job on this gate.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 06-14-2018 08:32 PM

Well done. I dig the color and I also dig the flagstone base – I’d love to recreate something like that in my back patio.

And I won’t rib you too hard for appearing to have installed the z-brace backwards. :)

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#3 posted 06-15-2018 02:54 AM

Nice looking gate. Good explanation on how you went about it and why.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 06-15-2018 04:53 AM

Sometimes ’’classic’’ looks the best.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 06-15-2018 12:47 PM

Does your home/property have other asian-themed ornamentation for this to sync with?

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#6 posted 06-15-2018 04:07 PM

I didn’t notice the “Z” brace wasn’t a Z until you pointed it out. At least from the front (looking through) it is a Z. From the standpoint of structural support I do not know if direction matters. It will be interesting to see how the gate holds up over next 3-5 years, Ben, whose gate I copied said his was doing fine but he used thicker pickets.

As for Flagstone, I did a big project on our last house 5 years ago. It was perhaps a ton of stone and a lot of gravel and sand. I also dug down like 6” to get about 3-4” of gravel, 1” of sand and then the stone (1-2”). It is A LOT of work. Be prepared—and have a place to move the dirt (I did to my back yard).

I would not say our house (more of a 2 story like craftsman) has any other Asian themes. We do have some bamboo and Japanese maples around—lots of different plants/trees/etc. But it isn’t out of sync with the area/home or neighbors.

Thanks for the comments.

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