Over the past two weeks, a friend and I built a privacy fence for him around his home, and everything looks absolutely perfect, except for one major flaw.. The gate is very saggy. The problem is that it's a total of 13ft. long, broke evenly into two swinging gates. I have checked up on the internet, and I read mixed reviews about the gate turnbuckles, so I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to fix this problem? I have included a really bad sketch of the gate, but I think that it will help illustrate what I am trying to explain.
Oh, and in case you're wondering why I would include something so irrelevant as the bushes, I added that into the sketch to show people why the gate post wasn't on the corner, so they didn't think we were completely retarded. Although we may still be
Thanks ahead of time for any insight you guys can offer us.
I just completed installing a 10' wide gate, with 2 swingin 5' gates similar to your design. I did go ahead and install the anti-sag turnbuckles. They seem to help, and without them the gate would defintiely be sagging. One problem is the ones I found come in 90" wire length, so you might want to measure your diagonal to make sure it is not too small. Else you might need to buy extra cable for the anti-sag kit.
After installing the gates, the middle did not match up properly. I found that it was actually one of the posts I installed that was leaning due to the moment of force from the gate - Once I re-leveled the post and supported it properly, the gate is holding up fine.
You don't have to buy an actual kit. Any decent hardware store will have large eye bolts, cable swages, cable, and a big turnbuckle. Most of the turnbuckles are made of aluminum, so get one large enough that you can really put some torque on it without galling the threads.