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    Default How to Build a Gate

    MAking a gate when not a builder and have a budget of nothing.


    Day 1: Discuss gate creation due to roaming dogs etc.

    Remove piece of fence at side of driveway.
    Undo bolts, cut bolts that won't undo, bash fence off with hammer as bolts won't budge. Go get splitting axe and bash fence again.
    Large male neighbour offers to help, have him bash fence with splitting axe
    retrieve fence from other side of driveway.off.

    Cut post on grass side, off, level with ground.

    Day 2: Go to junk shop and buy post and pieces of random wood to patch missing bits of fence and a latch and couple of hinges. Buy screws? No he says, have plenty.

    Have small argument about whether post should bolt to broken concrete post on neighbours fence or through the rails instead.
    Mums visitor agrees with me, bolt to rails.
    Bolt post to rails.


    Assemble fence into a gate (bit of a PITA as had to improvise with various pieces of wood) Have long argument about how hinges should sit. Attach hinges. Close gate.

    Go to Mitre10 and buy third hinge as original we already had, bends and rips out screws.
    Buy more screws. Have argument over why. I say cause gate angled up too much at end and he says hinges not aligned straight.
    I say doesn't matter, gate angled up too much, warps it as it shuts.

    Close gate, (without third hinge) gate angled up too much and looks mental.

    Day 3: Undo hinges and shift them down a bit. Reattach hinges. All 3. Not aligned as have to avoid screwing hinges into joins on pieces of wood.
    Go back to Mitre10 and buy gate wheel.
    Attach gate wheel.
    Close gate.

    Remove gate wheel and reattach in different position.
    CLose gate. Perfect (well enough as we are over it). Attach latch, drill hole in brick letterbox for latch.

    Sit down.
    Go back out to find he removed gate wheel again.

    Why?
    Coach screws not right. Say why didn't you use bolt like I said? No bolts he says.

    Find bolts for him.
    Reattach gate wheel. Use 3 nuts as bolts too long. But it works. Spiffy. Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: How to Build a Gate

    Well done that lady.

    Built most of ours and gates to. Only two bits left of fencing left, kids have long flown the nest.

    Was much younger and had help with the boundary fences.

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    Default Re: How to Build a Gate

    Fun? No it sure wasn't fun.
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    Default Re: How to Build a Gate

    And Bingo, spam reported Post #3 above, lol, been waiting for it.
    It's not the least charm of a theory that it is refutable. The hundred-times-refuted theory of "free will" owes its persistence to this charm alone; some one is always appearing who feels himself strong enough to refute it - Friedrich Nietzsche

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    Default Re: How to Build a Gate

    Did you consider putting bracing on the gate? Otherwise the wheel will take all the weight as the fence sags over time.

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    The gate will also twist with time as the wheel is offset.
    It's not the least charm of a theory that it is refutable. The hundred-times-refuted theory of "free will" owes its persistence to this charm alone; some one is always appearing who feels himself strong enough to refute it - Friedrich Nietzsche

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    Default Re: How to Build a Gate

    Dont be so negative, she's happy wwith it. PJ
    Deafness.
    When I was younger I heard but didn't listen.
    Now I am older, I listen but cannot hear.

    If it is not broke, don't make it broker by trying to make it better. (This applies specifically to PJ)

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    Default Re: How to Build a Gate

    So how do we brace it?
    And where should the wheel be?
    We could add another wheel but it can't go at end of gate it has to be one side or other.

    Remember we are not builders......husband has many DIY skills but not building.

    Happy? Sort of, it would be nice if we could just phone a real one and have them turn up and build a real gate, but not affordable.

    One thing though, we did not want a double gate, where they open in middle - 2 of them.
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    Default Re: How to Build a Gate

    Top effort.

    I recently fixed a gate's attachment to a post which is attached to the house. Used three huge bolts and the job will be the stuff of legends after the next Magnitude 9 and all that's left standing in Welly will be my gate.
    It'll become a place of gate worship, you'll need to visit.
    We can hold candles and photos of our gates and sing songs.

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    Default Re: How to Build a Gate

    Advice welcome.

    Husband says it's a ("P.in-C. word" gate).

    But since we have been here we have:
    Replaced kitchen mixer
    Replaced plugs in both kitchen sinks, removed wastemaster from one, (that was the most disgusting typhoid hazard ever) and unsafe, with no proper plug, just this rusted thing and you could put your hand in it, didn't work actually cause it had a spoon jammed in it.
    Removed wiring under cupboard cause it was worn through and live bare wires.

    Replaced slide shower
    Replaced corner shower caddy with a proper aluminium rack. Cleaned heaps of mould out of everything.

    Replaced toilet - that turned into a major. My dad had replaced it once and why, he concreted round the base.
    Ended up calling real plumber at last minute, due to husband taking so long and my mum couldn't wait any longer.

    Replaced lino in toilet. Due to concrete business.

    Replaced door on it.
    My dad had put one of those stupid skinny sinks in there (why?) and of course you couldn't open the door, so he took it off and made a mental folding door instead. It banged around, hit loo, hit frame, didn't lock, wasn't on rails.

    Had to get a real builder for that too, and it was so hard to find one I paid the first one that said yes $500.
    Door - real door - opens outwards now.
    Because frame had to be replaced you see. beyond our attempts...

    Cleared out heaps of stuff. Removed crazy, filthy built in slide out bin from under kitchen sink.
    Another typhoid hazard.
    Replaced with removable plastic cleanable bin. NOt to mention you can now clean the actual cupboard too.

    Replaced most door handles (they'd pull off), and that took a bit too as they weren't standard holes, so had to re-do the holes as well. Which took a bit of figuring out.

    Removed hideous tar coated vinyl stuck over door steps (by French doors) that whoever painted it, decided was a great idea to put there, thus causing them to not open.
    Planed bottom of doors too.
    Replaced most light bulbs with LEDs. (200w used in many before!!)
    Removed and cleaned bathroom extractor.

    Fixed garage doors.
    and assorted misc small things, I spent $7000 all up and I haven't got a bean left.
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