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I lost the keys for a gate's lock. Where can I find a replacement cylinder or how can I get new keys?

I lost the keys for a gate's lock and I need to find a replacement cylinder or a way to craft new keys. The cylinder has a peculiar shape. I couldn't find any brand on the gate or lock. I did find a ...
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How can I remove very old, very rusty screws from a fence post?

I need to replace a gate latch, and the latch receptacle is screwed in with four very old, very rusty screws that will. not. budge. Two of the screws are between the post and more fence and are hard ...
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Quiko gate opener reports "motor in thermal protection"

I have a Quiko QK-CE220BATRL4 circuit board controlling two Quiko motors on each gate. It has been working fine for the last 3 years. Now when I click the remote button the circuit board still ...
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How to design a fence gate in a narrow area next to house?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to construct a new fence and gate in a narrow area next to my house. I am planning to have this fence be 6' tall and am considering using metal fence posts (...
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How to make Custom Gate for Bottom staircase

The staircase in my house is quite steep. It originally had no railings with dropoffs as high as 8ft on each side.There is a room on one side of staircase and a hallway on the otherside of it. At the ...
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What type of hinges to use to pivot at the corner of an outdoor enclosure?

I'm building a simple outdoor enclosure for a rain barrel and assorted irrigation equipment. It’s a wooden frame wrapped around with cedar plank. On its front, a gate that pivots right from the corner....
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How to secure wrought iron gate

I have a wrought iron garden gate at the front of my property which grants access to the back of my property via the side of the property. I was burgled last week (fortunately they didn't get ...
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Heat pump running too much

We built a house 3 years ago. It has two heat pumps and the upstairs one runs way more than it used to. The temp is set to 68 and every time we go upstairs to check it it says the temp is 68 but it’s ...
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How can I attach a baby gate when one wall slants?

I am looking for some advice on how to best set up a baby gate where one side has a wall that slants vertically. Here is the area: To the far right is a built in and ideally I don't want to affect ...
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What sort of dual-locking gate latch will work in my situation? [closed]

Contractor installed a gate - metal frame with composite “wood” slats - in my backyard. I want to be able to lock and unlock the gate from either side but the contractor is having trouble finding a ...
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Hinge allowance for driveway gate

I am building a driveway gate which spans about 15 feet i.e. each gate will be about 7.5 feet wide. I ordered these hinges and would like to figure out the exact width of each gate. The "pivot&...
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Adding hydraulic gate closer to aluminum gate

I have a small aluminum gate at my house which tends to slam shut. To address this, I thought of installing a Kant Slam closer. However, I’m facing a challenge with the installation, particularly with ...
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How do I construct a 6' x 6.5' steel framed gate that weighs less than 105lbs?

I'm building a 6' x 6.5' gate that will be mounted to a 2 3/8" schedule 40 pipe with sleeve hinges. The frame needs to be steel and the pickets will be Ceder. As per a prior question on weight ...
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Building a gate to fit in a 3/4" door jamb

I am building a gate for a friend of mine to block the door pictured below. The problem I have run into is the jamb has only 3/4" to work with before the door stop. Would it be feasible for me to ...
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How do I calculate the weight tolerance for a steel gate post?

I'm building a new gate that is 6.5' wide and 6' tall on sleeve hinges. My post is 2 3/8" Schedule 40 steel sunk 2.5' into the ground with 6' above ground. My soil is very sandy and my hole ended ...
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How does one adjust a fence gate when its gravity latch scrapes the house?

I bought a house which has a side fence gate with a latch scratching the side of the house. The damage was already there. It's not that bad, but I'd like to adjust the latch to prevent the damage from ...
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Questions about building a fence: Odd angles, staining timeline, depth of posts, order of hardscaping, and tips for gate

We live near the bay area in California and currently planning our front yard fence. I have already touched base with city about property line and possible height restrictions, so nothing needed there ...
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How to anchor gate latch to stucco covered wood

I have a gate latch that is attached with a thick screw to a stucco pony wall. It appears it was screwed to wood inside the stucco and the wood is stripped or rotted since it will not hold the bolt. ...
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How should I repair this metal gate lock?

The latch on our metal gate rusted and snapped off. I'm having trouble finding a latch similar to this one that bolts onto itself rather than being screwed/bolted into the gate. Since I cannot find a ...
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Is the e-Loop for Gate control not supposed to work at night

I am using a Nice Gate Controller and I purchased a couple of Mini e-LOOP devices to detect a car and open the gate (from inside). It all works fine during the day. But the gate does not open at ...
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Need help with gate lock

We had a chain link gate custom ordered by an installer that ended up being incorrectly sized and the installer has vanished. 1 and 1/4 gate pole and 2 and 3/8 post are the dimensions, however, there ...
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Will I need to use a double gate for my fence opening?

I want to make a gate to replace the fence panel for my bike. I also want to utilise the concrete posts as they are straight and I don’t want to dig them out. W1640 (~65") x H1820 (~72") ...
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Bent chainlink gate

I had a tree fall on my chainlink gate and I'm looking for a smart way to fix it without replacing the whole gate. The hinges on the gate still work but as you can see in the picture there is a huge ...
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How can I spread the bars of a security gate for a dog?

I wonder whether anyone can offer me some advice on how to increase the width of my kitchen security gate. By force of habit my five year old Jack Russell as a puppy passed back and forth through the ...
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Sliding Gate options for outside gate that spans property width

I have a big driveway area in the back of the house. It spans the entire width of the property (40’). I can access the driveway via a common alley that leads to the back of all the neighbor's houses. ...
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How can I mount a child gate between a glass barricade and a bookshelf unit?

The top of my staircase has a somewhat challenging situation for mounting a gate. On one side is a low glass wall, and on the other is a built in wooden shelf. How can I mount a gate here?
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Best way of closing a gap underneath a wooden fence?

The wooden gate of my backyard fence has been installed to not touch the ground level. I know that's usually good, because it will prevent/delay the wood rotting. But I'm highly annoyed by it, as the ...
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Gate closer for metal gate

What type of gate closer should I use for my metal garden gate? It is about waist high. I'm just looking for something simple -- if it was a wooden gate, I would just use a gate spring. Please note, I'...
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Is there a weather-safe way to fill holes in cedar to enable re-attaching screws?

I have a fence and gate made out of cedar. The gate was attached to a post with 2 large hinges, using 2" lag bolts for each hinge. The top hinge had both bolts pull out of the post over several ...
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Mount door lever lock to iron fence gate?

Does anyone know what the hardware would be called that I'd need to purchase in order to get a door latch like this to mount to a standard iron fence gate (i.e. vertical bar gate)? The reason I'm not ...
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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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