DIY sliding gate for a garden

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DIY sliding gate for a garden
A sliding gate is an alternative to a traditional garden gate. (garden image by memorialphoto from

Where there's a fence there should inevitably be a gate. A sliding gate is a good addition to any garden fence. Sliding garden gates can be easier-to-open alternatives when compared with simple open-and-shut garden gates. They also offer a more welcoming look to any garden area. While building the garden fence may be a difficult and laborious task, adding a sliding gate is simple.

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Things you need

  • 6 boards, 5 cm by 5 cm (2 inch by 2 inch)
  • 10 cm by 10 cm (4 inch by 4 inch) boards
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Post hole diggers
  • Wood saw
  • Measure tape
  • 5 cm (2 inch) size wheel assembly and wheels
  • Shovel
  • 4 sliding brackets
  • Drill
  • Bracket
  • Galvanised screws
  • Screw hook
  • Latch

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  1. 1

    Plan a design for the sliding garden gate. The gate should be about 12.5 cm (5 inches) longer in length than the area that will be used as the walkway entrance. Ensure all fence posts the gate will be attached to are firmly in the ground. These posts will house both the track and main sliding bracket attachment for the sliding gate. Reinforce them with concrete or metal stakes if needed.

  2. 2

    Construct the gate from the same material as the fence, most likely wood, so the look matches. Use 4 5 cm by 5 cm (2 inch by 2 inch) boards for the frame of the gate. Nail the boards in a box square shape. Use 2 additional 5 cm by 5 cm (2 inch by 2 inch) timbers to construct an X shape in the middle of the gate for added support. Make the appropriate measurements based on the size of the gate. Cut the wood with a saw.

  3. 3

    Place a 10 cm by 10 cm (4 inch by 4 inch) post in the ground 25 cm (10 inches) from the already-standing post closest to the gate. This can be placed either to the left inside or the right inside of the gate. Secure the post in the ground. Take a metal sliding bracket and screw it on the top corner of the gate closest to the 10 cm by 10 cm (4 inch by 4 inch) post. Screw another sliding bracket to the 10 cm by 10 cm (4 inch by 4 inch) post that the gate can easily slide into. Repeat this for the bottom of the 10 cm by 10 cm (4 inch by 4 inch) post and gate.

  4. 4

    Attach a 5 cm (2 inch) size wheel assembly to each bottom side of the gate. The assembly should be located about 12.5 cm (5 inches) from the end of the gate. Attach the wheels to the assembly using screws. The wheels should easily move on the ground, opening and closing the gate. Dig out a small trench area for the wheels to roll in if they become difficult to manoeuvre.

  5. 5

    Test the gate to make sure everything slides correctly. Install a bracket on the post opposite to the sliding side. Insert a screw hook in the gate and attach a small latch to screw hook. This will allow the door to be fastened. Occasionally add wax or lubricant to the sliding brackets since outdoor weather may cause them to become dry.

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