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The posts for your gate should be embedded in a good concrete base 2 to 3 feet deep. If the gate posts are going to be inside the edges of your walk, then I would install them first. It goes without saying that you should use PT posts and be sure the top of the concrete around the post bevels slightly away from the post so water will run away and not pond ...


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The really professional way is to set a bracket in concrete, then bolt-through the posts to the brackets. While slightly more $ (cost of bracket and bolt) and more effort, this will give you a long life solution that is easy to maintain over time. The concrete for the bracket should be 24-30" deep, 8" diameter for posts of this size. Setting the post in ...


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Depending on where you live may change the answer slightly. For instance, I live in the Seattle area, and an 8" cedar post is used frequently. It's usually quite wet up here, so metal posts often rust, especially if they're not cared for. The other plus for a wood post is that it looks better (in my opinion). Downside of a wood post is potential warping. ...



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