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IT SHOULD be easy, but there are a
number of pitfalls in hanging a gate
and the resulting wandering of live-
stock can cause endless problems, so it's
best to approach the job with due care
Having thick, hardwood posts instead
of flimsy timber seems like a no-brainer,
but according to fencer Sid Alcorn, it can
be a common problem.
"Many people think any old post will
do, but it won't.They need to be made
from a hard wood, preferably an old tree
stump or something similar.
"This kind of wood can support
regular use and the weight of larger
animals such as horses and cattle."
He said that correctly hung gates
provided longevity as well as extra
security -- keeping your animals in and,
with luck, intruders out.
There was no need to use new gates,
Mr Alcorn said. "A sturdy, well-kept
second hand gate will do the job, as long
as the hinges used are new and strong.
It's the positioning of the hinges and
the attaching of the gate to the posts
that cause the main problems..
Once posts were set and the gate
levelled up to the posts, a heavy-duty
drill was needed for the required holes.
A normal household drill is inadequate,
and suitable drills are often available for
dialy hire from a rural or hardware store
if you do not have your own.
Taking the bottom hinge first, the drill
should go completely through the post
for the major hole, with the supporting
hole going no more than three-quarters
of the way through.
The top hinge could be done once the
bottom one was set.
A set of instructions was often
supplied with the hinges when bought
from the store, and experts were often
on hand to offer advice and tackle major
Mr Alcorn's advice:"It is an important
but often overlooked job. Do it right and
it will last for years."
Reproduced from 'Farming Small
Areas', by permission.
Hanging a gate need not cause difficulties
Dig holes and position two thick hardwood posts. Allow enogh
space to fit the gate and an extra 100 mm in height above the
With adjustable hinges, mark the positions where the bottom
hinge will be inserted. Using a drill bit slightly larger than the
rod diameter, drill the upper hole all the way through the post.
The lower supporting hole must not go all the way through.
Position the gate in the space between the two gate posts at
the desired height. Level up, using bricks to help if necessary.
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