I've been gradually adding to my fencing this week. But every now and then a fence needs a gate and this is where things can get a bit tricky. I start off by digging a deep hole for the hanging post. For these I use sleepers for large gates or telegraph posts for smaller gates. These work brilliantly and are far cheaper than the 'proper' gate posts. They have a bit more rustic character too.
The most important thing is that the edge where the gate will be hanging is completely vertical. I don't use concrete. I just ram the soil back in, throwing in the odd brick and lump of rubble. However tired your arms, make sure you do a really good job of this. Come back to it if necessary, for when you strain the top fence wire it's amazing how it can pull that post over slightly.
|metalwork for hanging them.
The only tricky thing about this is making sure
the holes are drilled straight,
otherwise the bolts don't go through the holes on the other side!
|A nice, tight-fitting spring latch.|
DO NOT HAMMER THE STAPLE IN TOO FAR. You'll never get it back out.
|The finished product. I'm happy with it.|
|Friday 22nd June 2012|
Oh, nearly forgot this morning's sunrise. Easy to forget!
Can you spot the hare in the picture?