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  • JeremyM125 commented on dentsinger's instructable Building a fence gate6 months ago
    Building a fence gate

    I know this is two years late but I'm posting this so people searching can obtain information from my replay.My father owned a custom fence company for over 30 years. I grew up working with my hands building fence. When it comes to the order in which you build, start with the fence first. We always set the gate posts and corner posts with concrete so over time the fence doesn't drift and move out of alignment. Always dig below the frost line and bell out the bottom of the post holes so the concrete has a hard time being pushed out by ice if it does get super cold. Once the fence is built there should of been enough time for the concrete to set. The gate posts should have no problems supporting the weight of the gate now. Of you opt not to use concrete make sure you really compact the di...see more »I know this is two years late but I'm posting this so people searching can obtain information from my replay.My father owned a custom fence company for over 30 years. I grew up working with my hands building fence. When it comes to the order in which you build, start with the fence first. We always set the gate posts and corner posts with concrete so over time the fence doesn't drift and move out of alignment. Always dig below the frost line and bell out the bottom of the post holes so the concrete has a hard time being pushed out by ice if it does get super cold. Once the fence is built there should of been enough time for the concrete to set. The gate posts should have no problems supporting the weight of the gate now. Of you opt not to use concrete make sure you really compact the dirt around the posts well or the posts will work the hole and become loose.One more tip. When pouring concrete for the posts stop 6 inches from the top of the hole and fill with dirt. This hides the concrete and looks clean.

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