Top Post One Side Bracket 2 x 4’s held down (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”
Width across the front and on top is 6 1/2”
Depth of tabs along the post 1 7/16” & along the top 2x4 is 3 3/8”
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 posts. This bracket is for the mostly level 2x4 meeting at the top of your fence when all of your fence pickets will be on one side. This bracket can be used on a 2x4 with the widest part facing upward on the posts and your fence pickets will go on the inside or outside of your fence depending on how you place your bracket. If you need a bracket for a good neighbor fence with fence pickets on alternating sides 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 on top of the 2x4’s and flush up against the front of the post) then fasten the top of the bracket to the 2x4’s into the post and then securing it to the front of the post then sides of the post. 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 the front of the bracket, covering it. 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 area on the front is for fastening your fence picket to the front of your post. So, you place your fence picket over the front of the bracket and screw or nail through the picket then directly into the post in the open slotted area.