My Number one son, Adam and his family sold their home over Christmas New Year, and moved into a rental property pending finding a new abode.
They have a family dog so the yard had to be dog proofed.
The owners were OK with us making a gate and closing off under the house so we set to work.
We saw a tile shop and out front was a stack of very good packing timber, they were happy for us to take as much as we wanted so a load went into the ute.
It looked to be a pine genus of Indian origin, had all the appropriate stamp for bugs and preservation so I set about de nailing it all.
It took about 2 hours to achieve the desired result
We ended up with this stockpile as a result
I then ripped about five lengths in half with portable hand power saw to make the pallings, leaving the ends intact for later docking.
With a drop saw cut the frame rails and stiles to length half lap jointed it all together and added a diagonal cross brace for the frame.
Correction: The correct terminology for the joints I used is a T halvng joint not a Half Lap joint.
All the pailings were cut to length then mitered on the corners as preparation for fixing.
Then with the assistance of a Paslode nail gun fixed the pailings to the frame, and added a catch to the original location at the bottom.
We then made a matching under floor closure for the opening on the left.
As you can see there was a drain opening right in the walkway so some left overs were cut to plug the opening also.
This was the finished result:-
The new gate
The under floor cover
The drain cover
Tools and Materials
Drop saw (which is actually a compound sliding miter saw)
Portable power saw
Paslode Nail Gun
All recycled or reused hardware
Material cost Nil.
Hardware cost Nil.
Life expectancy hoped to be at least 12 months.
We kept the original gate for replacement later if the landlord desires
With the fun part now over it was to start hauling furniture and Chattels!!
-- Regards Robert