My gate used to be a single very large gate, but a local handyman cut in half about 3 years ago and made it a double-sided gate with a latch in the middle and a ground rode on one side. Both sides have cross bracing.
One gate has held up pretty well (Right Gate). The other gate is sagging at the top inner side (Left Gate), which is causing the latch to be misaligned and also causing a gap at the bottom which the bankyard chickens like to escape through.
Reviewing the images below, does anyone have any recommendations on how to improve the Left Gate sagging issue? Should I remove/ re-add the cross bracing? I noticed there were some gaps between the horizontal beam and the cross braces; maybe a tighter fit would help? Should I implement the "X" pattern as seen on the Right Gate? I also noticed there are products out there; they're a bit price, does anyone recommend these?
I'm not much of a carpenter or handyman, but I could get some 2x4 wood and put my straight edge and jigsaw to work on cutting some cross braces. Any suggestions would be appreciated. If you could provide photos or sketches, that would be very helpful! Thanks!
My sagging gate is of a similar nature this posted question (How can I fix the issues I'm having with large double gates?).
Image1: Cross brace design of both gates (Left=sagging / Right=stable)
Image2: Ouside view of gates (Left / Right inverted view)
Image3: Center latch & Left ground rod with gap problem
Image4: Left side angle (sag) & Right side angle (stable)