How to Repair a Sagging Fence Gate in Los Angeles

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Method will like to share with you this great post by Old House Magazine ,that offers step by step guide to repair your sagging Fence or gate

Follow these steps and a sagging fence gate can be restored to its former swing and snap

: My fence gate is sagging and dragging in the dirt. What should

—Cecile Bolduc, Hampton, N.H.

A: Josh Feeney replies: A gate is only as good as the posts it hangs from and latches to. When gateposts are plumb and rock solid, they will stand up to the swing and slam of each opening and closing. But when they're loose in their holes or are weakened by rot or insects, then hinges turn creaky, the latch won't catch, and the gate can't do its job.

A post that's wobbly but still solid can be fixed quite easily by packing crushed stone around its base with a sledgehammer. But when a post is rotten, as both these gateposts were, it has to be removed and replaced.

I spent 8 hours on this project digging out the old gateposts and putting in new ones, which restored the old gate's youthful firmness and satisfying snap. Follow these steps and you should be able to do the same for your sagging gate.

Josh Feeney is a fence installer with Walpole Woodworkers, which has installed fencing for many TOH TV projects.

Step Two // How to Repair a Sagging Fence Gate

Remove the Hinge Post

Photo by Webb Chappell

Remove the gate and set it aside. Detach the fence section from the hinge post, then dig around the post until it wiggles freely. (If the post is set in concrete, dig around it, then break it into small pieces with a sledgehammer.) To pull out a post , give it bear hug and straighten your knees. Use this old post as a template to mark the locations of the hinges on the new post.

Step Three // How to Repair a Sagging Fence Gate

Set the New Hinge Post

Photo by Webb Chappell

Prop up the unsupported end of the fence section until it's level. Now, fill in or dig out the hinge-post hole until it's 3 feet deep and drop in the new post. Hold it upright in its hole and check that its top is level with the top of the latch post. To make sure that the gate will clear the ground by 2 to 5 inches, hold a level at the height of the lower hinge.