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Old 09-14-2018, 06:14 PM   #1
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cutting an aluminum gate cleanly?

How can I cut an aluminum gate cleanly?

I have a gate that has baked-on white paint and is really nice, but alas I have to cut it smaller to fit the opening.

I was really hoping that I didn't have to cut this shorter and alas I am about 1/2 inch too tight (no room at all for the hinges, it is really tight between the posts). I want to keep the nice clean edges already, but I guess I can't...any suggestions?
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:55 PM   #2
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Hi, David.

I’m sure we can help if we can see a picture...or perhaps you’d care to elaborate on this gate some more?

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Old 09-15-2018, 10:53 AM   #3
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The gate needs to be resized, top and bottom rail. I have two pictures, one put together (they just slide in) and one taken apart to show where it need to be cut shorter.

I wish I didn't have to cut it because it is nicely painted and without burrs and the like. I know once I cut it , there will be flaking and exposed aluminum which takes away from the aesthetic.
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Old 09-15-2018, 03:10 PM   #4
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Unless there's more to it than I can see, the rail in your top pic can be cut down using a grinder with a thin cut-off blade. Home Depot has them for a few bucks. The same blade can smooth the edges. You may have to touch it up with white paint.
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miter saw, slowly. much cleaner cut than with grinder.
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non ferrous blade
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A non ferrous blade and make sure the metal stays still during the cut.

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Cut a piece of wood to fit snug inside the channel, cut with a carbide blade on a miter saw. Easy
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