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Convert chain link gate to wood gate

I have a chain link gate with metal posts in ground with concrete and would like to turn this to wood. But I’m concerned about the structural stability and possibility of doing this. The gate right ...
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How to prevent pool gate plunger latch/lock from freezing?

This MagnaLatch lock is a really nice product, but rain/snow/ice gets under the plunger, then inside the cylinder, then freezes. I have tried rubbing alcohol to unfreeze the latch, but the best ...
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Putting wood over chain link gate

I have a chain link gate that I'm looking to put some wood fence panels over and increase our backyard privacy. I'm looking to use cedar fence planks, and just screw them onto metal frame of the fence ...
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Best way to reinforce double-gates for high winds?

Background I live in an extremely windy area where it is not uncommon to get gusts up to 40, even 50-60mph. My property is completely fenced in. The fence itself has metal reinforcement posts that ...
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Earthing a gate motor

I'm installing a gate motor for out front gate and I'm trying to figure out the best way to install the earth connection. The operator itself comes with a ground wire that's attached to the housing, ...
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How to (more) securely attach a latch to a frequently-used wooden gate

Our house's front yard is separated from the street with a low picket fence with a spring-operated gate. The latch of this gate has been consistently problematic because it is exposed to the weather ...
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Fixing broken wrought iron gate

The Fleur-de-lis shape on top of iron rod of the gate broke off during tree trimming about 3 yrs back. I have been attaching it every year or so with J+B weld. However, it seems fall off after ...
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Metal gate slide bolt jammed

I have a black metal gate at the back of the garden which was installed about 12 months ago. When going to open the gate this morning, the key fits in the lock, but doesn't turn fully to allow the ...
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Inside mounted hinge for outward opening gate

I have a bit of an odd gate mounting problem. I need to install an outward opening 'side gate' but I do not want to mount the hinges on the outside of the gate (partly for security and partly because ...
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What is the right way to prevent twisting on a 8 foot gate that opens over a sloped surface?

I had an 8 foot gate installed recently. The rails are pressure treated 2x4 and there are 4 hinges attaching it to a post. We put a spring loaded wheel on the end to hold it up (it opens over a slope ...
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What size metal gate post for 5’x6’ gate?

Can anyone advise on the right steel post size for a 10’x6’ double gate? I am building a 10ft wide double gate, (two 5ft wide sections). The gate will be 6ft tall and use cedar pickets. Any posts will ...
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Deck Gate design for offset posts

I’m trying to build a deck gate at top of stairs. Problem is I have to offset 6x6 posts. What should I do, Should I just add another 6x6 post in the nearest post to make it even?
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How to repair Garden gate latch 'spring clip'?

Google for "garden gate latch" and you'll see the gate latch we have. It's sold by the hundreds of thousands worldwide under different brands. I bought mine in the UK through B&Q (Blooma ...
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How can I soften the closing/slamming of this gate?

I have this outdoor wrought iron gate that slams badly. It has a basic spring closure. How can I add some sort of shock absorption or piston or something to make it close more softly?
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Mounting iron gate on crooked posts

I just finished repairing some heavy damage on my steel and cast iron front gate. I'm ready to hang it again but I'm having a little trouble because the pillars on both sides have a slight outward ...
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How to locate the fuse of this FAAC automatic gate controller?

I have tried to locate a manual (as seen in the picture) on FAAC's website. The model number XF 433 turns out to be the code of the radio module. At the moment the a swing leaf gate it controls is ...
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How to (re)attach this baby gate to the wall?

I have been fighting with this gate for several years (and three toddlers), and right now I'm losing... At the top of the stairs where the gate needs to be, there is only about 1.5 inches of overlap ...
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Bending horizontal bars of Iron fence

We have a metal fence in front of the house and it has very strong iron rods both vertically and horizontally. The issue is with the horizontal iron rod as its bend and also its vending on the other ...
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Replaced a large wooden gate with double wooden gate, hinge side is level on both gates, but sides where meet sag in opposite directions

Because we had a large 8' x 6' wooden privacy fence gate that warped and sagged to such a great degree, I took it down and built two smaller gates, (6 x 3') to replace it. The original posts that the ...
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Building Gate between house and garage with concrete slabs

We are fencing our backyard for the safety of our autistic son and what we have left is a gate between our house and the garage. They do not line up evenly and there are concrete slabs and rocks in ...
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Locking a metal gate with a deadbolt

I'm having a metal fence custom-made that will have a regular (pedestrian) gate as well as a double gate for vehicles. I'd like to install deadbolts on both gates for better security than other ...
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How can I mount a deck gate against Hardie siding?

I'm going to build some gates for my friend's deck. I obtained all the materials and then they asked about the side porch. How should I mount a gate here against the house?
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How can I put an audible notification on a yard gate?

A friend who has become blind and wants her iron gate to squeak so she knows when she has visitors coming. The house has a locked door and doorbell, but everyone has to open the gate first. I tried ...
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Using wire mesh on yard gate for exclusion

I want to put some quarter-inch wire mesh on the hinge side of a yard gate to exclude rabbits from entering the yard. The solution that I'm looking for is something that would exclude rabbits. So far ...
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How to add deck gate with offset 4x4's?

I'm looking to add a gate at the top of deck stairs, where the gate swings inward and the hinges are towards the yard side of deck. There are two issues. The 4x4 posts are offset What would be the ...
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What height gateposts are needed for a 5ft wooden gate? Is 4ft enough?

We currently have a 9ft wide, 4ft high double wooden picket gate using 4ft 4x4 (100x100) gateposts. We are considering replacing these with Buxton style wooden gates (solid wood up to a certain height ...
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Can someone identify this gate pillar mounting?

As in the question title, I have these brackets mounted in the pillars at the front of my driveway. Can anyone tell me what I am supposed to attach to them in order to mount gates or some-such?
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Fix for sagging gate hitting concrete

We have this gate that was installed by the prior owners of the house. It is sagging at the latch side and bottoms out on the concrete. It seems to me that I need to do a couple things to fix this: ...
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How can I use door opening to open separate flap with levers?

I am searching for a mechanical solution for my gate with lever and counterweights. The space under my gate is too large when closed and my dogs can escape under. However the door opens up on an ...
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Wooden gate drags when opening

The door has been sanded and works for the summer season. When it rains the wood swells and the door drags. Does the door need to be rehung?
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Make baby gate self-close

I am trying to secure the top of my staircase from my crawling baby. I want a gate with no threshold (i.e the whole thing swings freely) so no one will trip over it and fall down the stairs. I also ...
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Fence gate sagging. Post twisting. Any ideas on how to solve this?

I build a fence a few months ago in the winter and over time I have observed the post that holds my fence gate (5.5ft) started to twist. At the same time, the door when I installed it, it was straight,...
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Adding a (stair/baby) gate without facing walls

This is a little hard to describe; I've added a diagram to (hopefully) make it easier to understand, but apologies if it doesn't make sense. I'm looking to add a stair gate at the top of my stairs. ...
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Bending bars of iron gate [duplicate]

We just moved into a new house with some iron fencing around the backyard and a large double gate to allow access to the backyard. Unfortunately one side of the gate was damaged at some point in the ...
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How can I straighten up a leaning vinyl fence gate?

My vinyl fence gate is leaning. Not sure how to correct the problem. The panels are good just the vehicle gate is leaning. How do I correct this. Thanks
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Building a wood gate too hard for DIY newbie?

The gate in my carport is falling apart, having been built very poorly by the previous home owner. The quote to replace from a reputable firm is $2,850. I'm wondering, given the posts are already ...
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What's this plastic thing along my sidewalk pavers?

I just moved into a new house and am unable to close my gate because there is something nailed to the ground at the threshold that is sticking up too high for the gate the close. Any idea what this ...
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Gate hinge position/location

Which side of this cabinet/gate hinge should go on the cabinet door? I believe the long-side. https://www.natman.com/detail/841-ornamental-reversible-t-hinges-n881-904 Further, should the hinge pin ...
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How to build a sturdy forest road gate out of roundwood?

I want to build a road gate for a forest road apx. 10ft wide. I've fixed a gate at home and learned that hinges are a key point of failure and are strained more by weight and length of the gate. Given ...
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Cedar wood strong enough for hinge?

I am attempting to build my own gate for an 40 inch break in the fence so that my deck could be fully enclosed. I bought a self-closing latch that says the max weight it could hold is about 50 pounds ...
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Need help with sagging gate double gates

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 ...
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How to repair this hefty wooden fence gate?

Our place has a large wooden fence and gate. There's a gate for people, and then the fence itself can actually be opened by pulling up a latch from the ground. The gate for people ("door"?) has become ...
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How to install a vinyl fence gate on a pool deck?

I am trying to install a vinyl fence between a deck and the pool in a backyard. The homeowner wants the fence (Wam Bam Vinyl Fence system) to run the width of the backyard until it gets to the deck ...
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How to fix loose post

I set an 9"x 8' creosote post in a 2' deep hole that is about 30" wide. I know the hole should be deeper but too much rock below that depth. I dumped 80 lb of Quick Crete in and added 2 gallons of ...
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How do I attach a gate where the swing end is 90 degrees to the wall?

I have a gate which fits neatly between two walls running between my house and the next door neighbour. For now, I have tethered the swing end with a simple loop of rope which tags onto a hook ...
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Courtyard Gate Lock

So I own a Spanish Revival style home with stucco walls, red clay tile roof....and a courtyard cordoned off in my front yard walking up to the house. Nice feature for hanging outside but a bit of a ...
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Electric motor for opening gate? [closed]

Our gate looks like this. It opens to the outside. So I'm looking for an electric motor that I can install to open it by remote. But I have no idea where they're sold. This gate used to have a motor ...
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How to decrease tension on Everbilt Spring Tee Hinge?

I accidentally tightened the hinge (maybe 3-4 times) before installing the darn thing on the gate. Now i have a self-closing hinge that is way too tight! The instructions mention how to decrease the ...
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Is my plan for mounting a child safety gate feasible?

As seen in picture below, this sliding kitchen door is not long enough in width. Red arrows indicate how much it falls short. I am thinking of drilling four holes and mounting with screws instead. ...
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Gate closer for large wooden gate?

I recently had a wooden privacy fence put in between my yard and the neighborhood park. It uses eight foot slats (with six foot, a lot of pedestrians in the park could still see right into my kitchen ...
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