How to build a fence gate, install a gate, privacy fence. Easy! Home Mender.

Hello, this is Dustin with Home Mender and today we are going to be replacing this hideous gate. This gate’s way late to wait for a wake
date. In other words, It’s dead. It looks like… I don’t know what it looks like. It’s just horrible. It’s got to be changed. I’m going to show you how. Let’s get to it. Now the first thing we want to do is determine
swing in or swing out? This one has an entry door to the house right
there so this one really has no choice but to swing in. If your gate swings out you’ll need to do
it a little different because this one swings in. It’s not cut quite to the post, obviously,
so it doesn’t hit the post when you shut it.

But if your gate swings out you’re going
to want to put a slam strip there so it can stop when the gate is shut. Let’s remove the gate. That was easy. Now let’s measure. Now we want our gate to fit inside the hole,
post to post. This one’s at 50 1/2. We’re going to check the bottom, too. 50 1/2. We’re going to cut our gate and frame it
at 49 1/2. That gives it a half inch on both sides. Start by measuring out our 49 1/2. 49 1/2 splits one of my pickets so we’re
going to pull that one off and we’re going We're gonna want that side to be at our hinge side. You definitely want the gate to open at the
strike side with a full picket. Go ahead and mark your 49 1/2. Square it. We can go ahead
and bang that picket off of there. We’re gonna put that aside ,we’re going
to use it later. Cut your panel. Now that we’ve got our gate panel to work
with it’s the right size ,we’re going to go ahead and frame the gate. If you don’t frame a gate it is going to
eventually sag.

You can’t just put hinges on the panel. You actually have to build a gate, otherwise
it’s going to sag and droop and as my daughter says “Dad, why is that gate so sad?” Let’s go ahead and 45 the ends of the top
and the bottom stringers and 45 them towards the center of the gate. You can see my lines here. They both go towards the center of the gate
this way we can build a frame for it and picture frame it in. Now you want to measure from the top of yourtop stringer to the bottom of your bottom stringer Just under 57 for me. We are going to cut ours at 56 7/8. Let’s 45 the end. 56 7/8 now 45 that one the opposite way. On our second 2 x 4, we’re going to stencil
this first cut. that way we ensure they are identical. Now let’s put it together. Since these are the sides of our gate frame, we’re going to need to cut back the center stringer the width of the 2 x 4 which is 3
1/2. Let’s measure the 3 1/2 and make a mark.

Strike it with your square. Now let’s do the other side. Now the sides should fit right into our cuts. Now using some deck screws, we can toenail
our side board into our stringer. You can also throw one in the middle stringer. Slip you’re “needing to rip” picket
under the gate. Make sure your height is right and mark your
picket. Complete your line with a straight edge. Now our screws will poke through so we’re
going to nail it off. Next, I need to measure the height of our
fences that we are tying in to. Make sure our gate can be the same height. You’re probably going to want to leave about
an inch and a half cut off of the bottom so it can swing freely.

Now my fences I’m tying into are 6 foot
fences. 72 inches. But we wanted to swing about an inch and a
half cut off the bottom so we’re going to cut it at 70 1/2. Mark your line and cut. Now that our gate is framed we are going to
throw in a cross brace just for added support. This is the difference between your gate sagging
and your gate not. Throw your 2 x 4 up there and make your mark. We’re going to set it inside the stringer and we’re going to notch out the center stringer. Now toenail into the stringers. Beautiful. Now this gate’s ready to hang. I’ve got a scrap fence picket here. Set it on the concrete so we can set our gate
on it so it’ll stay stable while we secure the hinges.

Lift the gate into position. Let’s go ahead and screw off our post side
of the hinge. We will go ahead and do the bottom. Now my hinge post is pretty level so I can
probably hang my hinges at the same spot on the edge of the 4 x 4, however, if yours is
crooked you may need to adjust it, moving it in or out. Now once our hinges are on the post, we’re
ready to secure them to the gate. Mine’s leaning just a little bit. So I’m gonna hold my gate towards the post
when I screw it. There we are. My line here is good to go. It looks like my bottom hinge is in the right
spot. I’m going to go ahead and screw that one
on. After your hinges are secure, let’s remove
our prop board. Give it a test. Looking good. All right so our gate is swinging awesome. Now when you shut your gate if the top meets
the slam strip beore the bottom, you may need to push the hinge in or out to get it to work.

Every gate is going to be different so you’re going to need to play with it a little. Now this particular homeowner wanted a slide latch. It looks something like this. Put on from the inside and that way he needs to go through his back door to get into his fence He doesn’t want people being able to go
through from the front. We’re going to position his slide latch
around this area. Now we’re going to drill a hole in the side
of the post so we have some place to slide the latch. Shut the gate to where you want it. Give it a test latch. Looking good. Now we can throw a padlock on there and keep
out those pesky neighborhood kids.

I think I’m going to whack off the little
top part because I don’t like it. So for Home Mender Inc. This is Dustin. I hope you learned something today and if
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