First this was to add boards to the outer posts:
Next it was gate building time: First job is to lay out the frame:
Next I lay the fence boards out and start attaching them. Screws and a power drill make it go quickly:
Attached, it looks quite professional.
Now I am ready to attach the gate - but find my first difficulty. The hinge is supposed to go on the posts, not on the boards. Now, the extra cost of the screws is a wise decision. Simply unscrew them and the posts are exposed:
I have to add two 6" 3/8" lag bolts to posts
And now the latch:
Whoops! The latch is below the level of the cross beam:
Fortunately a little redneck engineering and we are moving forward again:
Rain gauge reattached to its old place:
And....a working gate! (but maybe not a working video - I cannot tell from the preview. Apologies if it does not.
From the back:
So I probably saved a little money. But like my adventure with the sink, the ultimate value here is not measured in time or money. I have never before built a gate. Oh, I have done parts of it, like post setting or building something from wood. But I have never done something of this scope or this size on my own. And I did it - maybe not quite as cleaning as I had hoped for, but successfully. So I can call someone if it happens again - but I also am content knowing that I could do it if I had to.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the yard:
Sigh. Other neighbor is looking for fencing companies...