This is the space where we want the gate
So last year we made planters (you’ll see on my profile we documented them) and we left space to add gates but we are only getting round to making them now!
so we have done a step by step for you to follow!
So we used a stake to catch the lock for the gate
A stake driver is a huge help!!!!
Place the stake where you want it
place the stake driver on top & lift it up & down until the state is where you need it!
Measure your space
we used 6 foot long pieces of wood as this was the height we wanted the gates
We placed the two end planks at the end of the tape - your perimeter for the gate & then divided the rest of the space evenly to put the other planks in with the same amount of space left between them
Then we placed another plank over the top & measured it and cut it (using 2 planks one for the top one for the bottom)
Measure & cut
we used our circular saw which was super quick but if you only have a hand saw that will work perfect too!!!
Drill the first plank in first
Using a drill to screw it in securely
Then switch to the other side before securing the middle plank!!
Continue screwing the bottom plank to them
Just keep screwing!
Stand it up and make sure it fits before finishing it
To give it more structure we added the “Z” shape that you see on most gates
measure, Mark and cut
Measure the top and the bottom
Cut the bottom and top!
Screw it with more screws
Last screw - before we stained it!!!
2 coats of fence paint and then we Attached the hinges to the gate first
Attach the lock to the gate before hanging the gate
Attach the top hinge to the fence
Continue with the 3 hinges
Because our post was at an angle we had to just mark where we needed a hole for the lock to close & we used a chisel to make a hole
And made sure it was able to fit & close tightly!
And there you have our gate - made & hung oursleves!!!!