A fence is only as good as it’s gate, which made our new fence around the garden pretty lousy -
AKA – it didn’t have a gate. Not exactly effective at keeping unwanted pests out of the garden (Riley and Juice to name a few). But that’s past tense because we finally hung our new gate to finish up the project -
Building a gate is pretty simple, but there are some pretty important details to think about, like which way you want it to swing, what latch to use, how you’re going to attach it to the fence, and actually making sure it’s functional. That last one sounds obvious, but if you’re not careful with your measurements and how it attaches to the fence, you could end up wasting materials, making lots of return trips to the store, and adding lots of time to your project. With our gate, we wanted it to blend in with the rest of the fence. We put horizontal beams on the outside of the fence posts and the wire mesh on the inside so we did the same with the gate. We used 2×4′s for the top two beams, but used a 2×2 for the bottom beam so it would leave more space for the gate to swing over the grass.
After we built the frame, we hung it using gate hinges on all three horizontal beams. Last, we attached the latch. We bought be the same one we used on the baby gate we made, but this one’s high enough that we don’t have to worry about Juice opening it.
And with that the fence is done!
Riley still seems thoroughly confused when she can’t chase birds and squirrels on the power lines all the way across the yard anymore, but at least she’s stopped running into the fence.