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Question DetailsAsked on 5/14/2015

Wooden gate rubs on cement. What is the cost to make it level?

The gate has heavy metal bars square on the inside. The post is well into the ground with cement. A very heavy gate, worked for a month or two, now the front 10 inches or so rubs on the concrete when opening and closing. Has to be lifted to close fully into the latch. Someone suggested a wheel. What would be the cost by a professional to make it level and close properly?

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A bolt-on wheel would be easy to buy (Home Depot or gate/fencing company).

If the post is wood, then the hinge is commonly a pin and eye type and you can just adjust the screw-in pin part in the post - either further into the post at top or out a bit at the bottom (or both) to raise the far bottom corner.

If the post is metal then usually the hinge is a bolt-on hinge on the post and gate - just block the gate up to where you want it as loosen the hinges to get it as high as you want (go a bit higher than nwanted as it will settle down a bit when you remove the blocking), then retighten the hinges. You only need to loosen the hinge on either thepost or the gate - not both places - choose the one which has easiest clearance from fencing to slide unless you are obsessive about even spacing.

If not a real heavy gate, post may have tilted a bit as the earth around the concrete compressed,so above fix may be fine. If a very heavy gate, will probably continue to sag when ground is wet as post tilts a bit into the wet soil - also during freeze-thaw cycles. For permanent fix for heavy gate (which could eliminate need for either of above fixes), get fence tension wire or cable and turnbuckle and post connectors, and put a wire or cable through connectors running diagonally from near the top of the gate post to close to ground level on the next adjacent post away from the gate - install with turnbuckle at longest or most extended setting so you can then, after assembly, tighten the turnbuckle and tug the top of the hinge post back, which will raise the far end of the gate. And will be adjustable ins the future if needed again. Parts about $20 - get a decent size turnbuckle like 3/8" shaft, not a little 1/4" or smaller shaft one. Bigger ones also have more adjustment distance available, which may be needed. When installing the turnbuckle, to take as much slack out of the tieback system as possible, block the gate up initially so the slack in the post is taken out.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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