The problem of a gate that has sagged over time is a common one for many homeowners. Weakened by time, weather, and use, bolts and the wood they secure can become unsightly and unsafe. Let it drag on the ground and it may become difficult to open. This has the potential to become really annoying. The great majority of these problems have simple solutions from fence and gate repair experts that need only some minor adjustments.
- You should start by checking the gateposts’ level and plumbness. Not usually an issue, but check the strength of the base the gates are anchored to just in case. We recommend fixing it if it needs it. Verify if any of the lag screws in the hinges are broken or missing. It’s important to have backups on hand in case you need to switch things out. Remove the door’s lock.
- Measure along the diagonal from the bottom of the hinge side to the top of the latch side. Cut a board to the proportions of 2 inches by 4 inches to work with this size. Drive a few 3-inch deck screws halfway into the board to begin. Have a helper raise the gate a few centimetres above the ground while you screw in the vertical boards.
- Fence and gate repair experts Remove the lag bolts attaching the bottom hinge to its mounting; do this even if the hinge and bolts look fine. There should be a replacement of the hinge if there is any kind of damage.
- Release the top hinge by removing the bottom lag bolt. Get some assistance lifting the gate, and then make sure it’s level by measuring its height. Mark the lag bolt to show where it should be moved, and then either retighten it or swap it out for a new one.
In the event that the gate is sagging on the side where the latch is situated, the top hinge should be tightened. The gate must then be taken down from its post. The next step is to make a complete turn of the hinge bolt. Then, the hinges on the sagging gates must be reinstalled by fence and gate repair experts in their original positions. When you’re done, the latch needs to be lined up with the gate’s opening. The latch must always face the gate’s opening so that the gate can be closed and opened properly.
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