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Question DetailsAsked on 3/19/2015

What is the cost to install a wood privacy gate with a latch across a driveway?

There was never an existing fence/gate. The preferred height is 6' and the driveway is roughly 8-10 feet across.

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Assuming about 6 inches clearance underneath for opening clearance and snow/ice buildup, that is a 5-1/2' high gate by 8-10 foot opening. I presume you now have a normal fence without gate posts there ending at the drive, so the gate will have to be mated up to the fence ?

Gates that size run about $350-1000 each in wood (cheapest end store-bought, higher end custom fabricated). If you want it to last I would get one with a braced steel pipe frame for about $600-1000 and preferably a double-leaf gate (half opens each way) to reduce the dead load on it, because in a privacy (solid wood coverage) gate it will be too heavy to survive long on its own if wood only or cable-reinforced wood. Add maybe $200-500 for posts and hinges and latching hardware and bracing cables/ anchors depending on whether you go with galvanized hardware (cheapest) or black decorative hardware and on whether single or double leaf. Plus about $500-1000 ballpark for installation depending on whether single or double leaf, including tying into adjacent fencing (assuming taking some out to make gate fit, or only adding a few feet to close up the gap) - and assuming not in bedrock or material too hard to power auger so putting in posts will not be too tough.

You should make sure the posts are concreted in and should have 4' ground penetration, not standard fence post depth - and should be cable-stayed to the ground with earth anchor and cable along the fence line away from the gate to stabilize the posts. And go heavy and ground-contact treated on the posts - or use (if legal in your area) good condition old creosoted telephone pole sections for the posts. They may tell you 4x4's are big enough - do not believe them, and for a single-leaf gate even a 6x6 may not be enough to prevent bowing and buckling, depending on gate weight.

And be sure to specify that the gate mounting hardware and stay cables are to be adjustable - adds only about $10-20 cost per gate leaf but makes it so you should be able to adjust any sag yourself in the future.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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