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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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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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Metal gate in hot weather

Is it possible that our metal gate could be expanding in the hot summer weather? It has been well over 100 degrees daily on average for a month or so, and for some reason a metal gate we have had for ...
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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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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 do I prop-up or fix a wall that is slowly moving?

In the image, the single stack of breeze blocks on the right hand side has been slowly moving away from the wall over the last 4 years. The gate latch (also on the right hand side) is now rubbing ...
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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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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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What size posts do I need to use to build a wooden driveway gate?

I have just built a 6 foot fence all the way around my property. To finish it offI need to build a driveway gate. The gate will be 15 feet wide and have two swing gate sections. I have used 4x4x8 foot ...
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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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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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Wooden pale fencing

I want to replace some fencing in the back garden. Ideally (if I can find it) I want to do this with Convex Pale Fencing. The fence is around 3 ft high x 6 ft wide, and I'll be using 3 panels (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What gauge fence post should I use for a 36" wide wooden gate?

I want to attach a gate to a fence where the fence will be attached to a 2 3/8 in. metal post. What gauge should the post be for proper support? The fence will be a six foot wooden fence, as will ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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How can I keep an entry gate operating during a power outage?

I have an electric sliding gate, with a motor powered by 220V. The problem with this kind of solution is that, when we have a power supply failure, we must remove a screw and open it manually. It ...
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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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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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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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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 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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What height concrete gate posts do I need for a 4 foot high gate?

The gate is 4ft high by 4ft wide for a garden path and is a standard quality metal gate, so not very heavy.
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...