Ivan Uhler

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Aug122012

Wooden gate repair

The side gate of your house can see a lot of traffic and as a result it can break down quickly. On metal gates the gate latch is under constant stress and seems to be one of the first things to stop working. With wooden gates the number one problem is caused by the gates frame sagging which then causes the gate to drag or rub the fence when it closes. Of course it would be nice if the gate had been built correctly in the first place but that seldom happens unfortunately. This gate was in bad shape and needed a 4x4 post replaced as well as squaring up the gate frame. We removed a few of the cedar dog ear panels and installed some metal 90 brackets to add some rigidity and to raise up the gate sag, then we screwed down every fence panel to he frame including across the 2x4 that runs at a 45 which makes the whole gate act as a solid unit and makes it almost impossible to sag. Then we trimmed the bottom and the leading edge to allow more swing clearance on the bottom and sides, then installed a new metal gate latch and adjusted the hinges. Now the gate closes perfectly and has some room to sag (just a little) in the future.

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