This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook fixes a sagging, damaged gate. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)
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Roger heads to Charleston where he helps a homeowner repair a wooden gate that is sagging because its hinges have become detached. The existing hinges were small and not made for exterior use, so Roger replaced them with weather-resistant “butterfly” hinges that will support the weight of the gate.
Shopping List for How to Repair a Fence Gate:
– butterfly gate hinges, for securing gate to fence post
– lag screws, for attaching hinges
– 2×4 and wood wedge, used to prop up gate during installation
– 1 5/8-inch deck screws, for installing replacement gate picket
Tools for How to Repair a Fence Gate:
– drill/driver, used to drill holes and drive screws
– 3/16-inch drill bit, for boring pilot holes
– socket and hex-shank adapter, for driving lag screws with drill
“Butterfly” gate hinges are available at home improvement centers and hardware stores.
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