How to repair a sagging gate?
A sagging wooden gate is a nuisance at best, and can, at some point, become impossible to open. The problem must be pretty common, because someone has already packaged and marketed a repair kit for exactly that purpose. It’s called a gate repair kit or turnbuckle kit, and it consists of a cable with corner mounting brackets and a turnbuckle. The nice thing about a turnbuckle kit is that it can be tightened or loosened to raise or lower the gate.
The kit contains:
- Two metal corner brackets with mounting nails
- Two lengths of wire cable with galvanized metal U-bolts, which are used to attach one end of each cable to one of the corner brackets and then the other end of each cable to the turnbuckle
- A galvanized metal turnbuckle
Here’s how it works:
- Attach a metal bracket to the upper corner of the gate (on the hinge side).
- Mount another bracket diagonally at the lower corner of the gate on the latch side.
- Attach cables to each corner bracket and then to the two ends of a turnbuckle.
As you tighten the turnbuckle, the latch side of the gate rises. As you loosen the turnbuckle, the latch side of the gate drops.