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Old 05-03-2010, 09:50 AM   #1
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problem with chain link fence gate....


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We have an old chain link fence. Overall, it's in very good shape. However, the 2 posts that flank our main gate have sort of migrated over time. They're further apart than when they were initially installed.

I think one post got a bit of a beating over the years. It's close to the driveway, and was tapped by a few trucks and snow plows. It was straightened out again, but I think it shifted? At any rate, it's reasonably plumb, but moved about an inch.

Now the latch won't catch. It WOULD catch if the posts were closer together (by 1-2"). The gate still swings well, and is reasonably straight.

What's an inexpensive way to fix this idiotic problem? Right now, our gate has one of those child-proof latches (push the rod down to flip the gate latch open). The edge of the latch misses the adjacent post by a few millimeters, although the latch is designed for it to be about 1-2" closer.

thanks for your advice

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Old 05-03-2010, 09:55 AM   #2
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:05 AM   #3
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j bolt hinge
What is that? Where should I put it? (Sorry, my ignorance is in full swing... as is my gate )

oh wait, is that a replacement hinge? Where could I buy that?

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1 remove your current gate from the hinges
2 remove gate hinges
3 drill through the post
4 place the bolt through the hole, snug it up hand tight with one nut on each side of the post
5 place the gate on the hinge bolt
6 adjust the new hinge to fit the opening size using the two nuts.
7 tighten the nuts
8 drink beer
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1 remove your current gate from the hinges
2 remove gate hinges
3 drill through the post
4 place the bolt through the hole, snug it up hand tight with one nut on each side of the post
5 place the gate on the hinge bolt
6 adjust the new hinge to fit the opening size using the two nuts.
7 tighten the nuts
8 drink beer

thanks so much.... I MAY have to do step #8 twice.... especially if I still have smuttynose old brown dog ale in the fridge
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After all that hard work step 8 may need to be performed more than twice.
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Another option would be to take the gate to a fencing company that builds gates and such - they can probably readily modify or make other suggestions.
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Remove gate, remove bent and tweaked gate post supporting gate, install new post to support gate, drink beer. Tomorrow, re-install gate, then drink more Beer.

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