How to Build a Simple Porch Gate

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A fence around your porch is a good way to preserve your porch and keep unwanted animals or people out. However, without a gate, a fence is inconvenient and unusable. Installing a simple porch gate will increase the overall look of your porch, while giving it the added convenience of a swinging door, enabling you to get in and out with minimal effort.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • 2 gate posts (treated wood 4 inches wide, 4 inches deep, and 72 inches long)
  • Concrete
  • Level
  • 2 gate rails (treated wood 3 inches wide, 2 inches deep, and 36 inches long)
  • 6 wood boards (treated wood 6 inches wide, 1 inch deep, and 48 inches long)
  • Gate hinges
  • Gate latch
  • Hammer
  • 2.5 inch nails
  • 2.5 inch screws
  • Drill
  • Measure a three foot and one inch space for your porch gate. This space will accommodate the three feet of the gate, and half an inch of space needed on each side for clearance.

  • Dig holes, 24 inches deep, on both sides of the area you measured. Place a gate post in each hole and stand each post straight up. Re-measure and make sure the space in between the two posts is three feet and one inch.

  • Mix the concrete per manufacturers instructions and then use a shovel to completely fill the holes with concrete. Use a level to make sure each post is standing straight up and allow the concrete adequate time to dry.

  • Place the two gate rails on the ground and position them so that they are parallel with two feet of space in-between them.

  • Nail a board to each of the parallel posts so that the long edge of the board is flush with the ends of the posts. Make sure the board is nailed in so the center of the board is in the center of the two posts, this will leave 9 inches of board above and below the rails. Nail all six boards side by side until the rails are completely covered.

  • Lift the gate door that you finished in the previous step and place it in between the two gate posts. Screw the door hinges to the railings on the gate door (use one hinge for the top rail and one for the bottom rail) and then to one of the gate posts. Screw the gate latch to the edge of the top rail on the opposite side of the hinges.

Tips & Warnings

  • Painting the wood and adding a sealer to it will improve the look of your porch gate and help it last longer in the elements.
  • Be careful to make the proper measurements when digging your holes and pouring the concrete for the posts. Mistakes on this step could prove costly, and waste time, as the concrete will have to be removed and the posts repositioned in order for the gate to fit correctly.

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