How to Build an Automatic Gate and Fence


If you are looking for a way to add some spice or originality to your home, building an automatic gate and fence is a great way to go about accomplishing that goal. Whether you are looking to add a major feature to your property, or just want to add a little something to make it stand out from the rest of your neighbors, building an automatic gate could be just what you’re looking for. Fortunately, it is not necessary for you to have experience with construction or building in order to build one of these by yourself. All you need is a few simple tools, some basic materials that you can find just about anywhere, and the motivation to go out and build it.

Once you’ve decided that you want to build your own automatic gate, the next decision you have to make is whether you want it to be a single-piece or a double-piece gate. Automatic gate openers tend to be less expensive for single-piece gates than they are for double-piece ones. Therefore, for the purpose of this article, we will focus mainly on single-piece gates. This does not mean that you can’t build a double-piece gate if that is what you desire, it just means that you will have to spend a little more money on it.

First of all, you’ll need a shovel to dig a hole on each side of your driveway. The hole should be about three feet deep and twelve inches in diameter. After you have done that, it’s time to mix some concrete. Once you’ve done that, go ahead and pour six inches of it into each hole.

Next, you’ll need a 4×4 wooden post. The post should be long enough to reach the top of where you want your fence height to be when standing upright. Now, stick the post into each of the holes. It’s important to make sure that the post is standing perfectly even, so we recommend using a level, which is a tool that can be purchased at any hardware store. You should also find something sturdy enough to place around the post to keep it stable while the cement is drying. Usually a few extra boards you have laying around will do the trick for this.

The concrete should take about twenty-four hours to finish drying. Once that process is finished, measure the distance between the two posts and take off three inches. Take some 2×4 pieces and use them to create a frame using this measurement, and make the height a few inches shorter than what the final gate height will be. Fit in another 2×4 diagonally to add more support.

Take some 4 inch wide 1/2-inch boards and cut them long enough to reach the top of the gate, and screw them to the frame. Get a couple of hinges, and use one at the top of the gate and the other at the bottom to attach it to one of the posts. The gate opener’s control box should be placed by the top of the post that holds the gate. The extension tube and gate opener should be bolted to the same post next to the bottom of the gate frame. Be sure to open the gate and screw in the bracket next to the extension tube’s end and use your level tool to make certain that the opening arm is completely horizontal.

Finally, wire the power box of the opener to the control box and insert the batteries. The control box should have an owner’s manual, which you will need to consult to safely control the gate’s range of motion. Ideally, you should have access to an external outlet somewhere nearby on your house. This way, you can use it to plug in the control box and keep your batteries charged at all times. Congratulations, you’ve just built your own automatic gate!

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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