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As you suspect, pressure-treated lumber holds fasteners much better when it dries out somewhat. That would take some time, though, as you don't want to rush it or you'll get severe warping. If you're in a hurry, switch to something like 1/4" carriage bolts. They don't depend on thread grab and will hold better in the long run anyway. Otherwise go to a ...


Use one screw-in lag bolt per hinge that can penetrate to the post for at least one bolt hole You're wise to realize this now. I learned this one the hard way. Had someone build a gate for me and used the maybe 1.5" bolts that came with it. Over time, the weight of the gate pulled the 2x4 away from the post. I have a drive-in lag bolt there now, but you'll ...

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