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At my house we had some very heavy gates made up by a professional builder and we didn't want it to move. The frame was made of galvanised steel and it was covered with heavy kwila riveted to the the steel frame. So far so good. However another gate made of pine for the back of the house by the same builder started off perfect, but winter weather has ...


You asked for optimal: Follow a few thousand years of practical experience and put in a tension brace (lower outside corner to top hinge-side corner - opposite what you are going for, which is a compression brace) Go with the past few hundred years and make it a turnbuckle. The best form of compression brace "in plane" is none of the above, and has a point ...

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