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

  • 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
    Commented Apr 24, 2021 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
    Commented Apr 24, 2021 at 17:34
  • I'm putting in a 2 3/8" post to hang the gate from on the other side of the gate. Commented Apr 24, 2021 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. Commented Apr 24, 2021 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. Commented Apr 25, 2021 at 1:55
  • Glue it to the top of your small diameter "latch post". Commented Apr 25, 2021 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! Commented Apr 25, 2021 at 20:41

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