More DIY numptiness

When it comes to DIY, I’m definitely your ‘all the gear and no idea’ guy. I’m trying trying to do a few more jobs around the house we don’t have an bottomless pit of money and also, with winter coming, I have a bit more time (bugger all enthusiasm). Garage is already somewhat underway.

Next project on the very long list is to replace our iron garden path/side gate with a solid wooden arched one. I think it looks neater and adds an element of security to the house.
The current gate has hinged bolted directly to the brick, and I assume that the wooden gate will need some kind of mounting posts either side? Are they countersunk/bolted to the wall?

Is this a project the hapless drill owner can do themselves?

You may need a hammer drill.
And best to check there are no wires in the cavity with a sensing unit.
But yes, it’s a piece of pie.
The wooden mounting posts go into the wall, they are nice and large brass type screws with a hex head.
These are counter sunk into the post…for which you need a drill bit (these are really cool)

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Will you buy a pre-made gate? I’m sure there’s an excuse to breakout a Jigsaw here in some way! :joy:

We fitted a cat-flap to our utility room door the other week, an act of faith, hoping not to ruin a wooden stable door. As it was the hole was fortunately just a little too small (rather than too big!) so just an hour spent sanding it to get a snug fit.

I keep thinking about building a wooden firewood store, but in all reality it would probably take me forever and end-up costing more than buying a pre-fabricated one.

But think of the man points,especially if you solely used your axe to fashion it with.

Thanks all. Definitely will buy a pre made gate, must remember to actually measure the width! With the posts, will they need any additional sealant to the bricks?

The drill I have is one of those triple action Makita jobs with Hammer/Screw/Drill options but sounds like I may need a SDS type drill? (I can borrow one from a mate)

You don’t have an SDS drill :scream::wink:
You can’t call yourself A DIY bodger until you’ve hammered a brick and mortar put with one of them (and not the brick you are drilling either)
No sealant behind the post.

Make sure you paint/stain it all before you put it on.

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I built my own garden gate and attached it to a post inset into a Metpost on the hinge side with latch/lock onto a post on the other side which itself was attached to a low brick wall. if anything I made the gate too heavy but that’s no big deal in reality as the hinges are large galvanized ones so it swings OK. there are plenty of gate plans online which is where I got mine from.

I used a cordless drill with hammer action to drill into the wall - no problem at all but it was a good drill (which has since expired as the batteries were no longer available and they had died over the years).

no paint as I used treated timber which has weathered nicely

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I hate DIY with a passion, but do have to dabble occasionally. We have very tough bricks in our house. But after ruining a couple of drill bits with my Makita triple action (proably the same as yours) i was advised by the old father in law to just spend a few quid on a decent drill bit. So instead of picking from my 50 pc collection with all sorts of stuff i’ll never use (for like £20 or something) i spent about £10/15 on a really good brick drill bit.

With the same drill it now cuts through the brick like butter.

But of course, that doesn’t satisfy the itch to buy a new toy!! :joy:

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Yes, I have discovered that not all drill bits are equal. The original part of the house is solid stone under the plaster, and I’ve had a few glowing red drill bits after literally making no progress!

yep. dog knows how many I’ve fucked over the years. even a drill on one solid wall - burnt the motor out! don’t buy cheap masonry bits - buy the best you can afford and they’ll repay in spades.

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You could have metal tray work under the plaster. I lived in a ‘mock Tudor’ type house with the dark beams actually dark painted concrete and the lighter bits inbetween were all just in a big metal tray bolted to the outside wall. So once the drill gets through the plaster, change to a metal cutting drill bit.

We’re having building work done at the moment, and the render is off the back of the house and they are ‘halfway through’ the stone wall ready to put a new window in; the wall is 2 layers of stone thick! I have a pic somewhere. Unfortunately the stone is not uniform enough to make it look nice render-free, and there is red-brick at one end! Original house dates back to ca.1815 I think; certainly well before the first census in 1840. Looks like it’s been extended twice before we moved in. The original beam still goes across the living room ceiling.

ours dates back to 1760 and we do have some original beams and one original wall which is made of large flint stones - you need diamond bits to drill into them feckers, even if you go through the mortar between. So we tend to avoid drilling that wall.

Ours is circa 1980 and has one of those natty serving hatches, ooh lala :smile:

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