Find out how to Appropriate a Sagging Fence Gate with a Caster

Irrespective of how properly you construct a wood fence gate, all of them share a typical drawback over time — the tendency to sag over time.

A sagging gate doesn’t simply make your fence look previous and unattractive — it’s additionally a hazard for kids and pets.

Huge gates aren’t any exception, and presumably are extra vulnerable to sagging. For instance, this fence gate is 5 and a half toes large, and I’ve tried all the pieces through the years. I changed the hinges with bigger hinges. I put in the metal braces in every nook. Nonetheless, it didn’t work.

As an alternative of preventing gravity, prop the sagging gate up when it’s closed or open with a caster.

The caster is constructed from a easy two-by-four pressure-treated block. Right here’s tips on how to construct it:

Hand using a wood scraper to smooth a notch out of a two-by-four pressure-treated board
A wooden scraper smooths the sides of the two-by-four so it rests neatly in opposition to the horizontal fence gate assist board. (3 Echoes Content material Studio)

Reduce a notch at the back of the two-by-four pressure-treated board to create a shoulder so it rests beneath the horizontal rail of the gate.

A caster wheel made from a pressure-treated two-by-four to correct a sagging fence gate
Reduce the notch large sufficient for the caster wheel to roll with none blockage. (3 Echoes Content material Studio)

Then, reduce one other notch within the backside to carry the caster. Drill a gap via the notch for a protection bolt to undergo to safe the caster to the block.

Ridgid drill drilling galvanized screws into a caster wheel on a fence gate
The notch on the again of the two-by-four retains the caster wheel from sticking too far out from the gate. (3 Echoes Content material Studio)

Lastly, safe the caster block to the horizontal assist board with 4 two-inch lengthy galvanized screws.

Now when the gate is open or closed, the caster, not the hinges, utterly helps it.

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