If your gate sags, or will not open or close properly, it is most likely a problem with the gatepost. Use a carpenter’s level to make sure the gatepost is plumb and held stable in the ground. Without a strong supporting post, repairing the gate will be akin to rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic.
To straighten a gatepost, begin by digging away the soil from the side toward which the post is leaning. Create a hole that is about 18 inches deep and 10 inches around. Fill the hole with long narrow stones, but stop a few inches below ground level. Using a carpenter’s level, position the gatepost so that it is perfectly vertical. Cut a piece of 2-by-4 scrap lumber to make a long wedge and place the non angled side of the wedge against the post. Hammer down the top of the wedge until it is flush with ground level. Finally, pile soil on top of the hole.
To learn more about fence and gate repair, please contact the Austin gate repair experts of Viking Fence by calling 1-800-252-8117.