How to make drive gates

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How to make drive gates
Close off your drive with gates for security. (Akabei/iStock/Getty Images)

Your drive is the entrance to your home. It is also a place where you can work on projects, let the kids play, or simply park your vehicles. Sometimes you may want to keep your drive private, and in this case, a gate comes in handy. A gate ensures privacy and safety.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • safety glasses
  • leather work gloves
  • 2 treated posts -- 20 cm by 20 cm by 3 m (8 inch by 8 inch by 10 feet)
  • 3 treated boards -- 5 cm by 25 cm by 4.2 m (2 inch by 10 inch by 14 feet)
  • 3 treated boards -- 5 cm by 25 cm by 2.4 m (2 inch by 10 inch by 8 feet)
  • circular saw
  • framing hammer
  • tape measure
  • 30 cm (12 inch) carpenter's square
  • pencil
  • 450 g (1 lb) 9 cm (3.5 inch) framing nails
  • 2 heavy duty hinges
  • 1 heavy duty hasp
  • 1 padlock
  • round point shovel
  • 4 bags concrete mix
  • water

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Dig a post hole 90 cm (3 feet) deep and 60 cm (2 feet) wide on both sides of the drive. Set one of your 20 by 20 cm (8 by 8 inch) posts into a hole and add 30 cm (1 foot) of soil. Use your foot to compress the soil around the post to keep it upright. Place the other post into your second hole, add dirt, and compress as before. Use one of your 4.2 m (14 foot) boards to line up the facing on the posts. The board should just cover the face of both posts, giving them a distance of 4.2 m (14 feet).

  2. 2

    Dump 2 bags of concrete mix into each post hole. Add the recommended amount of water. Mix the water and concrete with your shovel. Let the mix set up for 24 hours.

  3. 3

    Use your saw to cut the 4.2 m (14 foot) boards down to measure 405 cm (13 feet 6 inches). Cut the 2.4 m (8 foot) boards down to 1.8 m (6 feet).

  4. 4

    Lay your 405 cm (13 foot by 6 inch) boards flat on the drive. Lay two of them 1.8 m (6 feet) apart and the third in the middle of those two. These will be the horizontal boards for your gate.

  5. 5

    Lay a short board across the top of the long boards so that it touches the edge of all three boards. Lay another short board across the other edge. Lay the last 1.8 m (6 foot) board across the middle of the three longer boards. Nail the boards together in this pattern using five nails where each board meets another one.

  6. 6

    Nail one side of your hinges to one of the short boards on your gate. Place them 30 cm (1 foot) from the top and bottom of the gate. Mark a spot 60 cm (2 feet) from the ground on one post. Have someone help you lift and hold the gate as you nail the bottom hinge at this spot, giving you a 30 cm (1 foot) clearance under the gate. Nail the top hinge where it lines up.

  7. 7

    Nail your hasp to the gate in the middle of the short board opposite the hinges. Line up the other side of the hasp on the post and nail it down. Put your lock on the hasp and now your gate is up and locked.

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