Top Post Good Neighbor Both Sides on top of 2 x 4’s (Click to see more details on this bracket / DIY video)
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Approximate Size of the Bracket:
Height (on the front of the post) 5 3/16”
Width across the front and backside is 5 3/4” (3 ½” across the post & 2 ¼” across the 2x4 area) on each side
Depth on top is 3 9/16” & length along the top 2x4 area is 8”
With 16 fastener holes
Type of Fence This Bracket Is For:
This bracket is for the top of your fence to hold down the 2x4’s that rest on top of the post on each side of a good neighbor fence with fence pickets going in opposite directions and slightly hanging over the post, not flush along the post so the bracket will be covered by the picket. This bracket is for the mostly level 2x4 meeting at the top of your fence when all of your fence pickets will be alternating on each side down your fence. This bracket can be used on a 2x4 with the widest part facing upward on the posts. If you need a bracket for a fence with fence pickets on just one side of your fence see our other parts as to which one might best suit your needs.
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First, you would place your 2x4’s on top of the post, (make sure the bracket is placed with the front centered on the post) then fasten the bracket to the 2x4’s and securing it to the front and back of the post. Make sure the 2x4’s is flush up against each other and the post before securing them. You will need longer fasteners for the top two center holes that will go down into the 2x4 and into the post which we have provided to you. Your fence pickets would be placed along alternating sides of the fence and covering the bracket. Doing it in this order will provide the best results. Different types of woods vary so some 4x4 posts and 2x4’s might be loose on it or it might fit a bit tight, just tap the bracket on with a rubber mallet, then secure it with your screws or nails. The holes in the bracket will accommodate a size #8 screw, maybe some #10 screws and a size #8, #10 or # 12 nail but may vary depending on the type of nail. The holes are not counter-sunk and some fasteners may fit more flush up against the bracket than others. Each bracket has a number of holes but you do not need to use every hole when attaching the bracket, we suggest using about half of the holes. It is up to you which holes you would like to use and how many holes you would like to use. If you leave some holes empty and later on if your fence starts to loosen then you can always add more fasteners to those unused holes. If you prefer you can pre-drill your holes went attaching this bracket, just use a drill bit smaller than your fastener.
The open slotted areas on the front and back are for fastening your fence picket to the front of your post and 2x4’s. So, you place your fence picket over the front of the bracket and screw or nail through the picket then directly into the post or 2x4 in the open slotted area.