How To Rebuild A Broken Fence Gate That Will Never Sag / Gate Repair The Right Way!

How To Rebuild A Broken Fence Gate That Will Never Sag / Gate Repair The Right Way!



Hey Friends, Allen Lee here with honest Lee handyman services and today I'm gonna be replacing a gate First step in in replacing a gate is obviously removing the old one and disposing of it Once I got that out of the way it's time to measure the opening for the new wood that I'm going to be putting in and Then assembling all the tools that I'm going to be meeting for this project I'm going to be needing a few different saws obviously some wood But today I am rebuilding agate I only have about an hour and a half to do it So I got to get on that but first I need to Install this new blade on my saw a little while ago I was running this saw using it to help rebuild homes and knocked off a couple of teeth I cut right into a piece of wood that Had some nails in it. It was a used piece of wood So it was I should have never done it wasn't thinking so got to replace it with this guy. I Have a video on how to replace this miter saw blade if you are interested in that But now that we got that out of the way, let's get this job started so first off I took some measurements and I am cutting my Boards for my date frame right now. I'm cutting the long pieces just making sure that I have them cut to the correct size and once I get them get the first one cut I'm going to Make sure that that fits in the gate opening and then I believe on this project I had to go back and just cut it a smidge shorter. I'm just so it fit perfectly And then once you get those pieces cut Correctly those are just the the width pieces are really the ones that matter and then your Heights pieces can be whatever Whatever you want it to be inside the gate frame So just going ahead to assemble those pieces long pieces and short pieces I Usually label them as I go. Obviously you only need two short pieces, which would be the width and two long pieces which would be the height and then once you get those all cut lay them out and and mark them And then once you get those all cut now, I'm cutting the short pieces which will be bracing for the Gate frame now. I I particularly like to install these braces I've seen some people that don't install these braces but I do because I feel like It's gonna make the gate last a whole lot longer and it will never sag Once you get all your wood pieces cut you're gonna want to lay them out and For this it's it's so It's advised to get it put it on a flat surface So usually, you know if they got a nice deck or if they got a nice smooth garage floor I will assemble this there because it's it's a lot easier when you do it on a flat surface for sure Basically, you're just just adjoining all four corners with two screws each and That is really the elders to the mainframe All right, these are the screws I'm using to Fasten this guy together and as you see I got my mainframe all built there then I'm just gonna put some Crossbar pieces in there. This is kind of where some people say I do overkill on my gates, but I Feel like it's better to overkill than have a fall apart And once you got the mainframe all assembled now, it's time to put in your cross pieces This is really what gives your gate the strength and rigidity That will make it last for many years to come Maybe I'm installing those with two screws on each side as well Following the hinges on the gate I Usually use something that's laying around these are a five-gallon bucket or in this case I used up just a pot to hold up the gate at the correct height It's really whatever height you want it to be at Just as long as it's somewhat off the ground and a pot seemed to be the correct height for what I was needing now this This mounting piece here. I just had some issue so I decided to tear it apart to see what I could do and I just tightened the Two screws that were holding it onto the foundation or onto the house They just got a toggle bolt basically and they just had worked loose So go ahead and tighten that up and then I'm going to install a new piece of 2×4 Just cuz that piece of 2×4 didn't look too good so just putting another piece of 2×4 over that one just to give it something to mount my gate latch to Alright I'm ready to start laying my pickets on there And I put a 2×4 down there just for a gap and then I'm gonna measure from the 2×4 Up to the top of that and then make a straight line there. So I'll just lay right on that – I learned this trick from an old framer friend When you're cutting a lot of boards the same length, it's best to stack them. Make sure they are Make sure they are even and then just mark one and Cut through and then on the last one that it just barely touched her to leave you With the saw and you just continue to move those to cut your next ones move those to cut your next one It makes cutting multiple boards, very easy And bringing my boards out going to start assembling them on the gate here shortly And just assembling them on the gate with Inch and a quarter screws The same kind of Torx head screws that I had used that I showed earlier That were the three inch but these are only inch in 1/4 screws. I really like these torques headed screws love them way better than Phillips screws and Yeah, I just love them. They've never caused me any problems. So I just continue to use them I buy them by the bucket And Then for the last board I needed to rip it. I could have got my table size for this butter. Just run good subside a Circular saw Then installing that last board now and that will complete it there need to be one more Ripped a board over on the side and then I need to install my gate latch, which is pretty simple Usually I like installing the receiver first and then the little catch hander handle second Make sure that it's writing in there smoothly and then last but not least just go back and put in my second screw and every board when I first put the board's if I Only put them with one screw just in case I need to move them at all. But then I go back at the end All done with the gate here Here's the backside of it, let's close it And I was wondering why this is so this is flush and then it comes down there and it's because this post right here is Completely not plumb. It's leaning this way So that's causing The whole fence to lean towards us Causing the gate to lean towards us But works perfect. Well, I'm all done with this gate Took me about a total of an hour and 15 minutes or so I Got here about three and it's about 4:15 right now Just got to clean up out of all the things building. I really love building gates. I just love how this looks This style some people have said that I kind of over build these things, but I don't think so I personally think that all this support is just all the better Never had one of my gates fail on me, but I would love to hear how you guys build gates What kind of style you use if you guys use this style if you guys use a different style? I always love improving my technique so Anyways, I appreciate you guys watching this video. Please like this video give give it a thumbs up Leave me a comment the comment section below and don't forget to subscribe to this channel For there's new videos coming out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday So, thank you all so much for tuning in and I hope you guys have a great day

23 Replies to “How To Rebuild A Broken Fence Gate That Will Never Sag / Gate Repair The Right Way!”

  1. I call BS on the 1 hour and 15 minutes. But still a great solution for a solid/sturdy door. Nice helpful video

  2. I like your gate frame design but I have to admit that I do not like your choice in fasteners. Those Fasteners were construction screws meant only for indoor use in non pressure treated wood. You should be using a coated screw like Deck Mate. And speaking of pressure treated wood it did not look like you're using pressure-treated two-by-fours on your gate frame and you should be.

  3. Great video. I used it to build mine today and it turned out great. I did the double cuts and all. Even put braces. Thankx for the video

  4. You can always use old wood but just take the nails out first before you cut through them. In some cases you have to cut through a nail so watch out! Lol I’ve had hundreds of nails fly at me on the table saw. Sometimes it’s nearly impossible to take out all the nails but this was old wood we had to repurpose for a Plantation house in Louisiana. 1880s lumber can be dangerous.

  5. Add 45 degree bracing to each 2×4 attaching to the post holding the gate. Just like you did inside the gate. The weight of the gate will pull the post hold the gate towards the gate. The nails or screws that connect the 2×4 to the gate are great but a little shift and the gate is now sagging regardless of how well you built the gate. Strengthen the joints with bracing will stop the post from leaning in towards the gate. And like all the other comments use treated lumber for the gate.

  6. I just finished a 5X6 gate just like yours. the only difference is I interspaced 1X2" cedar with shorter 1X6 cedar so I could have an open top. good job with the gate and the vid.

  7. I probably should've turned to something else as soon as you said you only had an hour. Like Mr. Park l build gates and like him I half lap the frame but there are things l would've done differently. Gate frame taller to support the top of the pickets better. Unless the cedar pickets were extremely wet l would've spaced them 1/16 between pickets. Lastly buy actual (quality) gate hardware and take the time to install it, your customer will gladly pay the additional cost, not to mention recommend you to neighbors.

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