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Old 05-20-2015, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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I am hoping for some ideas/suggestions.
We have a 6' high privacy fence at the back of our yard that is about 5 years old. It is made from untreated wood. The problem is that the gate is warped badly and it looks terrible. I am concerned that the gate is too wide (~53 inches) but the posts are cemented in so the space cannot be made more narrow. I am wondering what to do about this that won't cost a fortune. It has one of those tension wires but it cannot be tightened (and it may be too late for that). The gate does have three horizontal boards but they don't seem to help the problem. Should we:
1) Replace it with the same thing and maybe use a bracket?
2) Replace it with an aluminum gate (although I think they are expensive)?
3) Some other option?
Any ideas are appreciated. We are hoping not to spend more than $300.
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Old 05-20-2015, 04:53 PM
 
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Could you post a picture, it would help !
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Avignon, France
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Build a new gate using the same dimensions? Shouldn't cost much for the lumber.
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Old 05-20-2015, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Thanks to you both. I will try to take a photo tomorrow in case it helps.
If we build the same gate, won't it just warp again?
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Old 05-20-2015, 07:57 PM
 
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I suspect if you want to go the cheap route some of the existing lumber is reusable.

Use Simpson Strongtie type brackets, angles and straps etc. To connect the wood. Fairly inexpensive if you use off brands. Lots of details and schematics online to build a gate.
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:08 PM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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You will need to get a "no-sag" gate kit. It will minimize the sagging as long as you keep the tolerances tight.
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Avignon, France
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Thanks to you both. I will try to take a photo tomorrow in case it helps.
If we build the same gate, won't it just warp again?
If you use a good sealer and or paint.. It should last a pretty long time.
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:03 PM
 
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My fence gate rotted, so I understand what you're going through. My great idea was to get one cedar fence panel, cut to fit the space, and reuse the existing hardware. The only problem with that was I couldn't fit the fence panel into my suv. Hired a handyman to build a cedar gate and am pleased with the results.
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