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Old 09-18-2020, 03:36 PM   #1
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How To Build A Gate When Fence Has A 2x6 Cap


I’m doing a fence with a 2x6 cap and realize there will be problems with the gate opening. Can anyone point me to pics, links or help with ideas of how to make this work? Thnx!
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Iím doing a fence with a 2x6 cap and realize there will be problems with the gate opening. Can anyone point me to pics, links or help with ideas of how to make this work? Thnx!
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Gate under the caps?

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Cut the corners off that are impeding the gate.


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The top rail at the latch side can have a pie shaped gap.

The hinge side should be easy enough.


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Carpentry and fences trade and you can't figure that out?

Gate under the caps?
Dont gotta be a dick, jeez. Just getting first few fence jobs. trying to find better option than cutting the corners and breaking the continuity. Gate under caps is interesting but probably not ideal for the client. thanks
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Cut the corners off that are impeding the gate.


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Yeah the client is hoping to not break the continuity having the corners cut out... brainstorming other possible options. thnx
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Scribe the gate?

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With the right size gap between the fence and the gate 2x6 it will close.
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Cutting the corners can be done to look clean. And it's only one side.


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With the right size gap between the fence and the gate 2x6 it will close.
I did that on my last one. put blocks in where the hinges mount so I could extend them out further ( couldnt find any that were just long enough and would fit.) These guys are hoping for a tighter fit, more privacy.
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Sounds like cutting the corners or a wider gap (skinnier gate) are my options. Was hoping there might be someinthg else I hadnt thought of. will make it work. thanks all.
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You shouldn't need to round off too much for it to work and still look right.. Did about a 1" radius on one and it's fine.

Perhaps a 10 degree or so cut (both ends might work. Haven't tried it, but maybe. (?)

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Couple options if you want the cap to be visually close to continuous.

Leave off the top rail for that section, hang the gate, put the continuous top rail in place temporarily, swing arcs for both the strike side and the hinge side with the center of the arc being a little further out from the fence than the center of the hinge for the strike side. Take top rail off and cut as marked. Clean up cuts and reinstall.

The other option is to use hinges that can be mounted so that the hinge pin is further away from the fence than the edge of the top rail, so only the strike side gets cut as an arc, and the hinge side gets a square cut.

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Re: How To Build A Gate When Fence Has A 2x6 Cap


If you have a 2x6 cap cut flush with the end of the fence and flush with the ends of the gate and have a 1/2" reveal on each side you don't have to round or cut anything off the cap. Most likely the reveal between the fence and the gate will be around 3/4 so it should be OK

That said not being a dick, just telling you how it is, it's common sense.
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My point exactly Greg, thanks for the visual. OP must be a rookie and it showed with his post. No offense Jarod, we were all there once.
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I think I just had a wider gap at the back of this inswing gate.

Hinges left side, three boards in. Lever latch on the right. Homeowner put on the rest of the fence boards.


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3/4" gap is not substantial for a gate.


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Gap it enough to swing..
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