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8 Wood Fence Gate Tips

If you are looking for great ideas for your home and yard, consider these 8 tips for creating a unique wood fence gate that will improve your home.

No wooden fence would be complete without a wood fence gate. The gate is one of the most important elements of any fence structure. If you have a little bit of patience and time, building and installing your wood gate can be a breeze! As with most projects, it is always helpful to have an eager assistant to aid your during the process of building and installing a wooden gate. An extra set of hands for building and installing your wood fence are invaluable! Here are a few tips for you to consider when thinking about creating your new fence designs:

Gather materials

1. Gather all the correct materials and tools that you will need to complete the project. It is so important to make sure that you have all the tools and materials you will need for your wooden gate before you even try to begin the building/installation process. There are so many inconveniences that you can prevent by gathering the materials and tools first. One of the biggest annoyances and hindrances for completing a project on time is when you have to make multiple unexpected trips back and forth to the store!

2. When you are building your fence, make sure that you save the best looking boards for your gate. Why? The wood gate is typically the focal point of your fence. It is the point at which most visual attention falls to; therefore, you want the best looking boards with which to build your wood fence gate.


3. Before you begin to erect your wooden fence, make sure that you measure and set the opening for your wood fence gate. This will ensure that you are not left with a too wide or too small space for your fence gate once the entire fence is already constructed. The most commonly suggested width for a single gate is no wider than four feet.

4. Secure the wood fence gate: double nail the boards and support the gate with either an A or Z frame support. Securing your wood fence gate is very important because of all the opening and closing it will do over time, and properly securing the wood fence gate will make sure that it lasts a lot longer without the need for repair than an unsecured wood fence gate.

Measure again

5. When installing the hinges for your wood fence gate, make sure that they are aligned on a straight line. If your hinges are out of alignment, the wood fence gate may not swing properly or even if at all!

6. Another tip for installing a wood fence gate is to make sure that you account for leaving a little bit of space between the bottom of your gate and the ground. This clearance is necessary to ensure that the gate can swing close and open without any hindrances.

7. When installing the gate posts for your wood fence gate, make sure that they are properly secured and level. If the posts are not level and secured properly, you will never be able to get your wood fence gate level or functioning properly!

Think ahead

8. Pay careful attention to which way you direction you want your wood fence gate to open and close when you are installing the hinges.

There are a lot of points to consider and pay close attention to when attempting to build and install a wood fence gate. I hope that these tips have given you an overview of the instances you may encounter during your wood fence gate installation and building process!

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