Step 6: Rehang the gate.

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Photo: Webb Chappell
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If the latch post rotted, as this one did, replace it following steps 1 though 4; you won’t need concrete. Set the post in a 3-foot-deep hole on 2 inches of tamped gravel, check that its top is even with the hinge post’s, then fill the hole with firmly compacted gravel and soil. Reattach the gate, making sure its top rail is level and that it clears the ground by 2 to 5 inches. Close the gate and attach the latch where its bolt hits the latch post.
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      Drill driver, for drilling holes and driving screws
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