I have a concrete driveway that continues to the side of my house, with a double gate (a person gate, and a large vehicle gate).
The gates are very old and made only with 2x4 frames and standard hinges. Needless to say, they are falling apart. The person gate ripped off the 2x6 which is lagged into the house in the last wind storm.
I would like to replace both of these gates with lighter gate-frames. My problem is that the vehicle gate is too wide for a standard gate-frame. The vehicle gate is on the left in the mockup below. It hinges on the corner post of the fence.
I keep struggling with how to rebuild this. I would like to put a post 2 feet from the corner of the fence. The existing dirt is too close and is on top of several sprinkler and drain lines.
What is the best way to end up with a sturdy post? I hesitate to go to all of the trouble of cutting out a section of concrete and putting in a 5x5/6x6 post. I had another pole rot in between the two gates (which was put in before the side slab).
So my questions are:
- Am I worrying too much about rotting? Is there a better option, such as a metal post?
- Should I have two gates with no pole between? Can I rely on the vehicle gate to be sturdy with a ground pin holding it's swinging end?