How to quickly make a secret gate in an existing fence

How to quickly make a secret gate in an existing fence

After a year of operation of the new fence in the country, they came to the conclusion: a second gate is needed! The fact is that all summer cottages are located between two streets. We have a gate on one street, and the gate was made from the other street - from there it is more convenient to drive in and a lawn for cars there. From the side of the gate, they decided to make a gate, only not at the gate, but closer to the house.

Moreover, no welding work in the country - only a screwdriver is available.

I got down to business. The first step is to install an additional post for the gate. You can't work with a drill any more - the fence gets in the way, but we have Russian ingenuity. We take two tools:

How to quickly make a secret gate in an existing fence

and in 15-20 minutes the pit for the post is ready. It is necessary to take the narrowest shovel so that the pit turns out to be also narrow - less solution leaves. We loosen the earth in the hole with a shovel. Then we lower the hoe into the hole, turn it and all the loose earth is on the hoe. Raised and poured. The pit turned out to be 1.3 m deep (the length of the hoe handle).

Next, we put the pillar. Fortunately, there are lags of the fence, it will not be difficult to align. We tie the pillar to the fence lags with wire and fill it with a solution somewhere by 0.5-0.6 meters. The rest of the pit (where the frozen ground "walks") will be filled up and tamped down with earth. We leave everything until next weekend. Concrete will gain strength in a week.

Before leaving, we measure the dimensions of the frame for the future wicket. Within a week we buy a 20x40mm profile pipe, cut it in the same place and weld it in a frame with kerchiefs. I also asked the guys to make cuts in the frame tube under the mortise lock with a grinder.

Next weekend we bring the frame of the future gate to the dacha and continue the epic. First of all, we remove the sheets of corrugated board from the fence at the place where the gate will be. We drill the post and logs with a 6mm drill and tighten them onto the bolt. Using a hacksaw for metal, we cut down the logs in the opening from the gate. Card loops 50x40mm are great for the gate.

We attach them in advance to the bolts to the frame and then to the fence logs.

Next, we mark on the second pillar a place for the reciprocal plate of the mortise lock. I made it from a universal corner 80x80 and also fixed it on M6 bolts. He bent the other side of the corner around the circumference of the pipe and pulled it to the post with rivets. He drilled a hole for the lock bolt with a screwdriver and leveled it with a file.

Well, then we close the gate with a lock and sheathe it with corrugated board on stainless rivets.

To prevent water from getting into the castle, I pasted it over with wet rubber. This is how the gate looks from the outside:

The presence of a gate can be guessed by the protruding key and trampled earth

Soon the grass along the fence will recover and it will be difficult to guess where the gate is.

this photo is a year later. Do you see the gate? and I can't see... and she is

I was all worried that the frozen ground would swell in winter and the lock would jam - the mortise lock does not like even minimal displacements. In the spring we came to fill the tanks with snow. There are snowdrifts around - the castle works like a clock... Swiss. We have been using the grill for 5 years now.

It's nice to hear the surprise of passers-by: "We thought that you had a solid fence, but here it turns out there is a gate!"

More details about the construction in the video here.

I hope my experience is useful, take a look more in TABLE OF CONTENTSmy channel, there are many interesting articles.

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