Fixing Your Gates
New Castle Remodeling
Gate, Wrought Iron, Gate Operators
There are many kings of gates. There are wrought iron gates, chain link fence gates, many kinds of wooden gates. There are rolling gates or hinged gates.
What kind of gate do you have and what is wrong with it? That is what I need to know and what you need to know in order to get it fixed. If it is some sort of wooden gate, then there are a couple of ways to handle it. One way would be to repair the existing gate. If it has been nailed together and it is loose and hanging, first support it in the position that you want it in. Then, use galvanized deck screws (galvanized so they don’t weather as badly as other kinds of screws) and put screws everywhere you can, next to the nails, above the nails and below the nails so that they go into good solid new wood and you have the gate all newly put together and tight. You should be able to take your supports out and it will stay in that position. If it doesn’t stay in that position, it could be that the hinges are loose in which case you need to determine what is holding the hinges on currently. Can that fastening system that is currently holding the hinges on be tightened so we have a tight hinge again? Do we need to remove the fasteners and put new fasteners in? It could be longer screws. It could be what is called a “through bolt” which goes all the way through the gate with a nut on the other side, in which case you’d need to have some big washers to keep the bolt from pulling into the wood and then you’d tighten those up. If the hinge screw holes are history, with the gate, again, propped into the position you want it in, take the hinge off, move the hinge up or down an inch or a half inch so you have new screw holes and then put new screws in the new screw holes. Again, use screws that are good and long and grab real well. Then you have the gate rehanging properly.
When the gate is rotted and unfixable, basically you need to replace it. Now the final thing with the gate after it is built would be to finish it somehow whether it is painted, stained or merely sealed, determined on personal preference. If you are going to paint it and it is redwood, you should prime it first with a good primer containing busan so that it seals it well and then paint it with a good exterior paint. If you are going to stain it, you should stain it with something that also seals against weather. If you are going to just seal it, then it should be sealed with a good wood sealer preserver in which case it needs to be done yearly, or at least every couple of years to maintain the fence and make it last forever.
Repairing a wrought iron fence is a little more difficult because they are all welded. Pretty much anything you replace on a wrought iron fence, you need a welder to do. The only other thing about wrought iron is that if you want a new wrought iron fence and gate, then the wrought iron gate can be built rather simply to whatever design you want.
Chain link gates are pretty simple. All we need to know is how big you want the gate and we need to look at it to determine the post. The question on the post is basically, do we have a post that is already there that we need to dig out including the concrete support at the base of it? Do we need to dig out the old concrete? Or, do we have a slab there that it is going through? Do we need to dig out the slab and the pile of concrete that is there underneath it? And then set the new post? Is there nothing there now but dirt and it is a simple matter of digging a hole, dropping in the post and putting concrete around it? Hopefully this will be of use in gate repair.
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