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Best way of blocking this gap

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by redrabbit, 4 May 2021.

  1. redrabbit

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    Hi Guys,

    I have an electrical gate which moves parallel with the fence. In the picture below you can see the black rail where it runs along.

    My question is how to block out the small gap to the outside? It doesn't have to block it all but just the line of sight, for privacy.

    I did consider a thin bit of wood, but then thought maybe a brush or something like that would be better? I've no idea what to even search for online so struggling really.

    Any thoughts?



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    Why can't you put a piece of timber fixed to the right post leaving 10-20mm gap between the new timber and sliding gate?

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    No reason I can't.. that was my first idea. I've got some wood in the garage which I did consider. I was just wondering if there was another solution that may be better, but it may be just a simple one with the wood

    I'm not sure how to cut to size as I don't have a circular saw... I can probably ask a friend to help with that bit though
     
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    Measure what you need and go to a timber yard with your measurements and they can cut it for you.

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    What about the gutter brush attached to the moving leaf of the gate? As the gate reached the closed position, the brush would scrunch up to the post on the right?

    A well cut piece of feather edge pinned to the vertical edge of the moving gate might look more elegant.

    Might also be a finger trap, as any timber might.

    Piece of DPC stapled on? Finger jam worry sorted.
     
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    Good idea, I may do both.

    Put some wood in the gap, fixed to the big post.
    Then some gutter brush to the moving part of the fence, so as it reaches the closed position it just bunches up next to the wood
     
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    I had a further thought... 6" length of DPC stapled to the wooden edge of the gate. As the gate closed, the DPC would be pulled into a radius the loose edge sliding up against the outer post. No finger trap issues, and a full close to the gap all the way down.
     
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    That may be the best option so far I think.

    In my head I was imagining something which would almost brush along the wood and then form a seal almost. One of the planks of the gate is slightly warmed outwards at the bottom, so the DPC should allow me to trim the lower part so that it goes over that bit without any issues.
     
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    you can buy brush strip with varying length bristles (up to about 250mm) that would fill that gap and accommodate any movement in the gate. They are commonly used for ceiling the tops of roller shutter doors.
     
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    You can get like a brush with bristles 3" long, mounted in a galv metal bracket, in long strips. That could be fixed to the timber post. My hydraulic vehicle lift uses such a pair of strips, either side of where the lifting arm goes in the post to keep dust out of the mech..
     
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    How much room is there on the RHS of the gate when it it open?

    Could you make it wider, so that the angle needed to look through the gap becomes so oblique that nothing can be seen?

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