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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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Is it always necessary to repaint all of a gate/railing when parts have corroded?

As part of general home maintenance, I repaint all of my gates and railings every 5 years. However, I've noticed that there are particular areas far more susceptible to corrosion such as the top ...
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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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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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Gating access to large corridor

I would like control access to a "corridor" as shown here: Photo shows front side of corridor, back side is similar. The corridor is slightly over 2 cars wide. This is a commercial building and ...
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I have a swinging garage gate that is hitting my driveway when open, how to mitigate?

When the gate is closed, there is about a 3 inch gap from the bottom corner of the gate to the driveway. When the gate opens, it comes up against a higher part of the driveway and skids on it, getting ...
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How do I prevent my fence gate from binding against the post?

My gate was binding against the post along the top drip rail. I figured the gate was a little too wide at that spot so I trimmed it a little shorter. Shorty after the gate started binding at a ...
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Ways to build a gate that butts up against neighbors property/house

Here's a picture of the my driveway. I live in the house on the right. The left side is my neighbors house. I want to build a gate where I've outlined the picture in red. (Note: my neighbor has a ...
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How can I make a metal privacy screen more private?

I had a metal gate put in on the side of my house. I put some metal privacy screen behind it but it doesn't seem to be too private. It just seems to add a little opacity but otherwise you can see ...
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I have a custom baby gate that has two swinging doors that open either way. How do I make them swing closed when opened from either direction!

I have a custom baby gate that has two swinging doors that open from either direction. How can I make them automatically swing shut when we walk through from either direction
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Suggestions for gate latch issue

Let me preface by saying that I'm not really looking for "shopping advice". I just need some direction on how to tackle this issue. We recently purchased a house and it has a block fence around the ...
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Will this 10-foot wide gate design be rigid enough?

We've been working at putting a fence around our property and are almost finished. The last part that we have to do is we're adding gates to the end of our driveway. The fence that we put up is a ...
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Can I use a 4x4 concrete post holder to install a gate?

I would like to install a 10' gate across my driveway to keep my 16 month old from running his tiny butt into traffic. The gate I intend to purchase is this one, with some PVC lattice to prevent climb-...
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How do I fix a plastic gate that will not close when hot?

We recently bought a house with a gate between the driveway and back yard. In the mornings and evenings, the gate opens and closes with minimal rubbing between the latch on the post and the latch ...
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Rabbit proofing gap in gate

I have a gap between the wall and gate which allows rabbits to get into the backyard. My objective is to rabbit proof this gap. I've considered pulling the gate closer to the wall with the threads on ...
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Is there a masonry filler tough enough to drill into once it's set

Our new home has two old metal gates front and back where the screws mounting the locking points have chipped out of the brickwork leaving large holes (40 - 50mm tall/deep). Is there a masonry ...
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How should I cover an empty space between a fence post and a garage wall?

Below is the 1000 words picture. How do I cover that empty space? The hinges are at the opposite end of the gate How about this: This will be done by ripping of a post in half (45%) and then that ...
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How do I hang a new wooden gate so that it automatically stays closed when it is shut but also stays open at its maximum open span?

I am building and hanging a new wooden double gate. How do I construct and/or balance the gate so that when I open it completely, which is at 90 degrees, it will stay open but also when I close it, ...
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Sagging gate: tools to adjust anchor

I'm trying to fix our wooden gate, which isn't closing well as it is sagging. I'd like to fix it by pushing the anchor inwards, but I don't know which tools to help me do that. I tried hammering it, ...
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What is the best position for a gate hinge?

Below you have the size of the gate three possible positions for the hinge Considering the size of the gate what is the best position for hinges? I want the gate to swing in the direction indicated by ...
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What type of latch should I use for a sliding gate?

I need to build some safety gates at the top of my stairs to keep little ones contained. Because of the way that the landing is arranged, I am thinking about a sliding gate instead of a traditional ...
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How can I fill in the gap between my chain-link fence and its gate

We have a couple of gates in our chain-link fence and bunnies and large rodents like to squeeze through them. I would like to fill the gap somehow so the gates are still usable and look halfway ...
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Wood Choice for Strength in Shear and Tension Along Grain

I have a heavy gate (shown below) mounted to a concrete pillar using a 2x8 board and a piano hinge. The board cupped and finally split, so I must replace it. The mounting board has a piano hinge ...
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Square tube or C-channel for gate frame

I will built a frame for a wood gate like the one below (but mine will slide in a track instead of hang on hinges). I was thinking on using C-channel instead of tubing for the frame, since it will ...
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How can I calculate the rotational force and motor HP needed to lift a 5lb sheet from a horizontal position to a vertical position from one end?

Essentially, I need to know the following: How do I calculate the rotation force along a fulcrum? Is there an equation? What is the weight of a 5 lb object at the fulcrum if the fulcrum is located at ...
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Should I reinforce my lap-joint?

I have a garden entrance gate that has rotted and I am planning to replace it. Because it matches my neighbour's gate I want to make one that looks the same rather than buy a ready-made gate. Also, ...
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How can I attach a safety gate at the bottom of the stairs?

I have a wall on one side with trim molding at baseboard and opposite end is the wooden banister. What type of gate can I attach. The drywall is not holding the screws in place and we we frequently ...
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What is the optimal configuration of a cross brace on a wooden gate?

I'm building a wooden gate for my deck, and I want to put in a cross brace to reduce sagging. I want to install the brace so that it transfers the load from the top unhinged corner, to the bottom ...
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Painting an old metal gate with some corrosion

I have a front gate to my house that I would like to repaint I have few issues. First there are a few spots with rust And some with general corrosion Also I wonder how to paint around where the ...
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14ft wide wood gate construction [duplicate]

I am putting a gate across my driveway which is 14ft between posts on either side. Its going to be wood and all 1x6 and 1x8 lumber to keep weight down. Each gate will be about 7ft long so I was ...
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How should I protect wood gates in a damp climate?

I would like to make a set of external timber yard gates, i.e. both sides of the gates will be exposed to the elements. Since I live in the North of England, it tends to rain. In order to avoid the ...
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How should I build a wooden gate?

I wish to build a gate across a 3.8m wide driveway. There is a concrete column on one side which I can fix the hinges to (a post into the ground is not an option) and a brick wall on the other side ...
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How deep should I sink a gatepost for a 7' wide gate in my fence?

I am a first time fence builder, which will be 6ft cedar. I need a gate that is 7 to 8 ft wide. I live in Oregon and the frost line is only a foot deep. I was planning on a 7ft gate with a 6x6 post. ...