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Old 02-17-2013, 12:31 PM
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I need to replace the gates in my backyard per HOA. They will be made of wood. What should I use to assemble, screws or nails?

Here is what I am replacing and what the new one will look like.
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I dont know if this is even possible for you, but i built a wood fence and wanted a gate that would not sag.....ever. So i used cattle gates and then faced them with my wood planks. You only see the metal cattle gate from from the back and it wont ever start to sag, you just need a good solid post which you may not have space for.

If just redoing what you have then i vote for screws
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Use these screws
http://www.spax.us/
Get the galvanized ones. They run in easy, but I drag the big screws across a bar of soap that is slightly damp.
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build one using aluminum storm panels ----- used metal roofing screws very light
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6x6 post, thru bolt 10 in hinges, and use 3 sets because gravity is efficient. Where you are there should be cedar to use. 1x6x6 pickets and a 5/8in cap board. Build the frame of 2x4s. Rent a core drill to go thru the concrete. If you do this it will never sag.
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Great tips. I'll use them all and post some photos.
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this may help.

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I would get a cheap Kreg jig and use that to assemble the joints along with waterproof wood glue. I built double doors for my fathers shed 4 years ago with 5/4 planks and even though they were heavy as hell neither side has sagged a bit.
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Definitely screws, no matter what. They will all eventually work themselves out, but screws you can tighten back up for a while.

On the other hand, if you have some extra $$, you can elaborate on the above mentioned cattle gate system. I had a friend who is a welder build mine. They are 8' gates for a 16' opening. Aluminum frame sided with 1/2" x 6" fence boards. I can stand on the end of the gate with no sag and I'm 210-215. They got stronger after I put the fence posts on.
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Wood. Screws. And PL400
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Knock out some of the concrete at the edge of the house. Set some 3" sch. 40 pipe. (no need to core drill, as you will be refinishing concrete). Get a set of "bulldog" style hinges. Get an 1 5/8" welded tube frame. Available at all fencing supply houses. Face the tube frame with 2x4 stock. (p.t. pine or cedar if available) Attach to tube frame with stainless TEK screws. Nail #1 or better 1x6x6 dog ear cedar fence boards to 2x4 stock.(use hot-dipped galv. ring shank or stainless ring shank) Cap with dadoed 2x4 cedar shooting up through the dog eared board into the cap ( front and back like an X pattern) Trim with 1x3 cedar trim under cap. (fence boards ripped in half with dog ear cut off).

Note: when using Bulldog hinges gates opening in will reveal no gap at edges. If opening out there will be about a 3 1/2" gap. Also if opening out and there is a small piece of trim atop board covering post you will have to cut an angle into the cap to keep it from binding.

A commercial drop rod in between the gates is your best option as far as latching systems go.

This is the system used on most dumpster enclosures which have to stand up to garbage men beating the hell out of them twice a week. Will definitely work in your application. I have installed hundreds of them without any call backs.
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What about using one of these, then you won"t have to worry about the thing sagging.
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Wheels are for people who don't build gates right the first time.

Just busting balls. Those wheels can be useful to salvage an existing sagging gate or when you need every inch of width and can't set the proper posts.
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Use screws for everything.

Also may want to run the angled brace the other way if you want to stop sag.
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why wood , I used plastic fence on farm gates
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