Is your fence gate sagging and in need of repair? The sooner you get working on the sagging fence gate the better, as leaving it too long will cause further damage. It may also become dangerous and be a bit of a security problem.

At Fence Supply Online we know about the problem of sagging fence gates. We see them a lot and often get calls from clients about how to repair the gates properly. Our team of experts put their heads together recently and came up with a few repair suggestions.

We had a look at the best ideas for repairing a sagging fence gate and put them into a post. Some of the repairs may need an experienced hand to get right. Others only need a bit of DIY knowledge and some time at the weekend.

Included on the list of how to repair a sagging fence gate are:

  • First, check if doing repairs is the best solution
  • Replace the loose posts holding the sagging fence gate
  • Often the hinges are the problem

Let’s take a closer look at each point.

First, check if doing repairs is the best solution

You can spend a weekend repairing a sagging fence gate and not solve the problem.

We always recommend doing a bit of an inspection before you begin the repair project. Check the posts and the structure of the gate. Is the wood rotting and beyond repair? Take a look at the hinges to see if they are the problem.

Doing an inspection will help you find the source of the sagging in the fence gate.

Replace the loose posts holding the sagging fence gate

Often the problem of a sagging fence gate comes from the posts holding it in place.

Soil erosion, or movement due to the shifting effect of frozen soil during the winter months, cause a few problems. One major one is that posts become loose in the ground. The loose post will not be able to support the fence gate, and sagging will occur.

Remove the gate from the post first, and then take the post off the fence, remembering to support the fence. Carefully dig out the post from the soil and place it on the ground. Inspect the post to make sure it is not suffering from rot or is broken anywhere.

Repair the hole by filling it with more pea gravel for drainage, and soil to return it to its original size. Slide the post back into place and attach it to the fence again. Refit the hinges and the gate to get the fence gate back to looking like new again.

Often the hinges are the problem

If inferior quality hinges were fitted originally, they could be a source of sagging today.

Often hinges rust and come away from the gate or the fence post. Take off the gate from the post and replace the hinges. Make sure you use hinges that are of a quality to hold your fence gate. Fit the gate to the post and always use rust-free screws for outside work.

Quality gate components are always a better option.

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