While we did our fencing a couple of months ago, we needed to rip out a gate that was protruding.
But one thing we’d always said was that we wanted to move the gate to sit just next to our front door.
The reason for this was privacy. It was far too easy for someone to sneak on me by looking through my kitchen window and it was unnerving. It’s never happened, but if you look through, you will usually find me working at our dining room table as we’ve knocked a wall out. Perhaps I’m just paranoid, but I’m much happier now.
You can find the videos on how I did them below. I am proud to say it’s the first ever real project I’ve ever made down my Dad’s family business that’s now seeing its third generation (that’s me), hand crafting something there.
Once I got them home, I stained them using my Wagner Fence & Decking sprayer. I’ve flitted between a brush and sprayer, convinced a brush is really quicker, but I’ve always regretted it.
The sprayer gives a much better coat with no ugly brush marks. It’s also quicker with less elbow grease.
So once we’d hung it up (see the second video below), I needed to add a drop bolt and a coach and bolt to each hinge for added strength.
I can now proudly say I made my own gates. It was a great, valuable experience, giving me confidence to move on to my next job: our driveway which will be coming soon!
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