Fix a wooden fence post to a concrete fence post?

Discussion in 'Builders' Talk' started by aaronasprey, May 8, 2017.

  1. aaronasprey

    aaronasprey New Member

    I am looking to put a pair of 6ft gates up in my garden, there are currently concrete posts either side of the opening which I would like to attach wooden posts to for the gates to hang from.

    If anyone could advise me of the best method for this I would be very grateful.

  2. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Most concrete posts will have reinforicing rod running the length of the post, making it very difficult to attach fixings to.
    Got a photo of posts, are these fence posts, if so will be unsuitable to hang a gate from,what's the overall width & height of these gates.
  3. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Well-Known Member

    Have seen this done using steel straps that wrap around both concret and timber posts and are tightened with a nut and bolt - 2/3 straps on each post combo

    Don't know if these can be purchased or just made up by a metal shop - simple to be made to spec if needed
  4. PhilSo

    PhilSo Active Member

    As KIAB said. Consideration should be given to the strength of the concrete post foundations. They were built to support a fence? Possibly not suitable for hanging gates.
    I've done the strapping DIYDave described using banding from either Screwfix or Toolstation.
    Maybe you could reduce the weight on the posts by using gate castor so.
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  5. Phil the Paver

    Phil the Paver Screwfix Select

    Most concrete posts already have holes drilled it to them for this very reason, have you looked. ??
  6. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Well-Known Member

    The straps I've seen are way more beefy than 'builders band'

    More like 3/4 mm steel shaped to fit round both posts and clamp tight with a bolt

    Have also seen similiar to fit over a single post to hang plant pots or troughs from
  7. Joey__

    Joey__ Member

    Gorilla glue is supposed to be strong and a few cable ties with a bit of silicon and its J.D
  8. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Well-Known Member

    That would look like total bodge and won't last. I have a timber attached to a concrete post, the post has holes in it just for this purpose.
  9. Joey__

    Joey__ Member

    You could paint it and make it look nice or lean something against the post to hide the join
  10. Matt Brown

    Matt Brown New Member

    Hi, I know this thread is a year old now, but does anybody know anything about this metal strap method or where I could buy the parts? I need to turn a 4 foot fence into a 6 foot, but as the existing posts are old concrete ones set in a huge amount of concrete so I don't want to bother digging them up (2 of them in the front garden took a mini-digger to remove...) Also don't fancy drilling them if they might crack or I might hit steel reinforcing rods.
    Simply strapping higher timbers onto the shorter concrete posts would be ideal but any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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