I know why your wood gate is sagging!

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Home Builder with Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 CSL#642819
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That diagonal board on the gate serves a purpose, and its direction is important.


We have all seen that diagonal board that is usually found on the back side of the gate, it helps to hold the gate’s latch side up. Without the board the gate poorly built gate saggingwill sag, distort, miss the catch, and become troublesome. Having the board installed in the wrong direction is not much help, and will soon sag also.

While working on an exterior lighting problem in Roseville, CA, I saw a gate that was not closing as it should, so I took a photo.

In the photo the arrow points to the board that is incorrectly installed. The gate has been worked on several times so it is no surprise that it is not built right. The blue line is the direction that the board should be. With the board installed in the correct direction, the weight of the gate is held against the hinge side of the gate, which is secured to the building.

So if your gate is starting to sag, check that this board is installed correctly first. Then either fix it or call someone who knows how to do it.

That is your gate design lesson for the day.  J

 

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Rainer
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Rob Renk
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Having no carpentery skill, I was surprised by your lesson.  Now I know what to look for if I am having a problem with a wooden gate.

Nov 10, 2012 02:22 AM #55
Rainer
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EMILIA B COOPER, REALTOR® SFR.NCHSE.AHWD
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Tom thanks for so interesting information! I had no idea about it...

Nov 10, 2012 02:29 AM #56
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Christine Donovan
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Tom - I will try to keep this in mind should I come across a problematic gate, and then I kno who I will have to thank.

Nov 10, 2012 06:31 AM #57
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Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
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Wow! I can see how this would be important but I would have never thought of this had you not blogged it.

Nov 10, 2012 07:33 AM #58
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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It absolutely matters Cynthia. Good Luck with your gate.

 

No problem Kimo, I hope it helps someone to understand the sagging gate issue they may be having.

 

Any carpenter worth his salt should know this, but ....

Thanks for the comment Catherine.

 

Mechanical Engineer? You are smart Bob, how was the discription of the gate issue?

 

I had no idea that this was such a mystery Marte.  :)

I wonder what will be next.

Nov 10, 2012 11:12 AM #59
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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If the gates are already built, it doesn't take a great deal of effort to correct the sag in the gate Joetta.

 

You are well on your way to being a carpenter Rob.

 

Now you can impress your friends Emilia.  :)

Nov 10, 2012 11:16 AM #60
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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That would be sweet Christine!

 

Glad that you got something out of the post Nan. Hope it comes in handy some day.

Nov 10, 2012 11:33 AM #61
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Dörte Engel
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Dear Tom,

Good catch! Maybe they originally intended the hinges for the other side.

Nov 11, 2012 12:50 AM #62
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Thomas McCombs
Century 21 HomeStar - Akron, OH

Wow: It is amazing how often an easy fix solves the problem

Thanks for the tip!

Nov 11, 2012 01:16 AM #63
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Mike Young
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Tom, I see this as you likely do, too many times. I met a guy who was building one and putting the brace on the wrong side, he wasn't going to change his mind though, saying he has built many of them... I think they all sag by now... LOL

Nov 11, 2012 02:04 AM #64
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I guess that could be a possibility Dorte

 

This may not be the only solution, but it is a common one 

Thomas.

 

Doing the same thing over and over probably wont change the results Mike.  lol

Nov 11, 2012 10:01 PM #65
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
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Tom, you are brilliant! This is such an easy solution! I did not know this and I am going outside to check my gates right now!

Nov 11, 2012 10:20 PM #66
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I don't know about brilliant, but I do know some things Sharon.  

Thanks for leaving a comment today.

Nov 12, 2012 12:22 PM #67
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

The direction issue is something I would have never figured out on my own.  Don't know if it will ever come up for me, but I will never forget it.

Nov 13, 2012 05:33 AM #68
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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If you will never forget, I'm certain it will come up Gene.  :)

Nov 13, 2012 03:57 PM #69
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Elite Home Sales Team
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Thank you for the info. I would not know which way the board should have gone.

Mar 02, 2013 12:33 AM #70
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Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
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Great explanation. Think I am starting to sag but not sure a board will fix it.

Mar 02, 2013 12:43 AM #71
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Now you know Elite!

 

You made me stop and think Bill.

Apr 02, 2013 04:17 PM #72
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Kaye Swain
Keller Williams Real Estate Roseville CA - Roseville, CA
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WOW! Found this looking for something else and I am going to save it, not to mention go check my current gate which NEVER closes right (though I think swelling is more its issue). Great info. Thank you.

Apr 17, 2015 12:05 AM #73
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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That is great, I hope you get your gate fixed regardless of the reason.  :)

Apr 17, 2015 12:49 PM #74
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