No part of a fence gets more use than the entrance gates.
And, if your fence has been in place for a while, chances are the posts are
starting to deteriorate and the gates aren't closing properly. You can try
shimming the side or entrance gate hinges, but that's not a long-term solution.
The real fix is to replace the fence posts. It's not difficult or expensive,
but you will work up a sweat. Here are a few tips to help reduce your workout
and make the fence posts last longer.
the fence from the post. Then use a clamshell-style posthole digger to chop a
semicircle around the edge of the concrete fence post pier. Once you clear away
the dirt, use a sledgehammer to break off the concrete. Usually all it takes is
a couple of good smacks to break it off. Then lift out the old post and the broken
pieces of concrete.
Set the new
post in place and pack dirt back into the semicircular opening, leaving enough
room for the fresh concrete. Mix the concrete and pour it around the post.
Continue filling until the concrete mound is about 2 in. above the lawn. Plumb
the new post with a level. Once the concrete starts to set, use a trowel to
taper the above-ground edges of the pier. The tapers will drain rainwater away
from the post, and that will extend its life. Let the concrete cure for at least
24 hours before hanging the entrance gate.
time to examine the condition of the entrance gate hardware. Pay special
attention to the condition of the hinges and latches. If they're worn, bent or
rusted, now's the time to replace them. Next check the condition of the fence
pickets and replace any that are chipped or cracked. Secure any loose fence
pickets with exterior treated deck screws. With the fence gate back in shape,
it's time to hang it.
fence gate into position and have a friend hold it in place while you plumb it
to the fence post. Predrill holes for the hinge lag screws, then use a battery-powered
impact wrench to drive one lag into each hinge. Test the fence gate to make
sure it's still plumb. Then drive in the remaining lag screws. Finish the job
by installing the latch mechanism.
— Rick Muscoplat,
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