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Recommendation for a 85cm wide side gate?

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by chris1982, 11 Oct 2018.

  1. chris1982

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    Just installed a new lock on our timber garden side gate, only to learn that is really badly rotten. I had hoped to build a new one next summer, but now I doubt it the current one will last the winter.
    So, I'd like to replace it now with another timber gate and was looking for a prefabricated gate to save some time (and maybe even money once you figures in the cost of all materials and treatment). But I can't find any 85cm wide, 1.8m high gates. I saw a couple of 90cm wide gates, but there the manufacturers say you shouldn't plane them down (and 5cm is quite a lot anyway).
    Can anyone point me where to get a 85cm width gate?
    (The actual opening in the brick wall is about 93cm wide, and if I got rid of the wooden post on the lock side I could perhaps fit a 88cm gate, though installing the lock and bolts would be much more cumbersome then)
     
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    Thanks. Hadn't thought of looking on ebay, as I thought shipping would cost too much, but prices are okay. Unfortunately, the search in this seller's shop didn't bring up any 85cm gates, but I will keep looking!
     
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    It's not a big job to make a basic gate, £10-£20 for timber and a morning's work :cool:
     
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    when you say you cant plane down thats very different to cut down to size
    you plane the end grain you need and sharp end grain plane or the timber will tend to shudder and spinter
    where as a hand or circular saw will cut across the end grain
     
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    When looking at Travis Perkins' prices, I think it's more like £25-30 for the timber alone. I would enjoy building it from scratch, but don't have much time these days. Maybe I hope the old gate doesn't fall apart any time soon and build one in the spring.
     
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    Good point, thanks. I got a plunge saw with a track so I should be able to do this. What would you do with the diagonal supports?
     
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    Thanks a lot for all your replies guys, lot's of good suggestions here!
     
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    if its a "Z" gate check for nails or screws in the cut area cut full depth from the face
    flip over then trim about 5-8mm from the cross and diagonal timbers to make tinkering each edge easier
     
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