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I'm installing a fence gate in a chain link fence (with neighbor's permission, of course) I would like to use the existing fence post as the terminator post for that chunk of fence, rather than replacing it.

I have been unable to find the right hardware to terminate the top rail at the 1.75" post. Everything that I've found has been for a 2 3/8" terminating post.

Can I just cut off the horizontal pipe, put something over the end, and leave it in the existing cap? Is there another way to terminate the top rail?

[Edit] new picture to show the location of the terminator post that the gate will be hung from. New gate setting against existing fence

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  • Are you certain that little post can support a gate? Even more so without the adjoining posts supporting it? You might want to cut the top rail, pull up the little post and pour your own 2 3/8" post into a solid fitting. – K H Apr 24 at 17:30
  • 2-3/8" posts are usually used at the corners or for gates. Hence they make the proper top caps for those uses. The 1-3/4" post you have in your picture is for a middle of the run. – SteveSh Apr 24 at 17:34
  • I'm putting in a 2 3/8" post to hang the gate from on the other side of the gate. – Mike Schlueter Apr 24 at 18:11
  • I updated the picture in the post to show where the terminator post will go that the gate will be hung from. – Mike Schlueter Apr 24 at 18:29
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What if you used a rail end fitting and cut the connecting lug off. File it smooth and your done...

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  • And then glue the cap on to the top rail? I'll look at that tomorrow. – Mike Schlueter Apr 25 at 1:55
  • Glue it to the top of your small diameter "latch post". – Jimmy Fix-it Apr 25 at 2:21
  • I ended up just sticking the end rail cap through the top cap, and called it good. It's not sticking out, and it's not coming loose. Thanks! – Mike Schlueter Apr 25 at 20:41

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