Why Is My Fence Gate Dragging? Answers from the Fence Repair Pros
The regular opening and closing (slamming?) of a fence gate over the years can cause problems. The most common issue with fence gates is that they start to sag, and drag on the ground when you open or close them. Sure, you can lift the gate to clear the ground each time you open and close it, but that’s annoying, and not a permanent fix.
If you want to fix a sagging gate and you’re relatively handy, you can do it yourself. See the directions below. If you don’t have the tools, the energy, or the desire, call in the fence repair pros.
How to Fix a Sagging Fence Gate
Before you can fix a sagging gate, you have to know exactly what’s causing the sag. It may be something as simple as loose or missing screws at the hinges, in which case you just need to tighten or replace the screws.Other reasons for a sagging fence gate include:
- Problems with the hinges
- A lose or rotting gate post
Here are the solutions for each of those problems. Two solutions are relatively simple, while the other will require some digging as well as mixing and pouring of cement.
1. Replace Hinges
The hinges may have also rusted out if it’s an old gate, in which case you simply need to replace the hinges. It’s also possible the original hinges were too small for the weight of the gate.
In this situation, unscrew the old hinges from the post and the gate. Before doing this, you’ll want to have your replacement hinges on hand, or plan a trip to the hardware store, taking the old hinges with you for reference. Once you have the new hinges, measure and drill new screw holes and attach the new hinges.
2. Replace Gate Post
If the hinges are fine, take a look at the gate post. If it is loose, leans, or is showing signs of rot or deterioration, you will need to replace it. Here’s how:
- Remove the old gate post. You may need to partially dig it out before rocking it back and forth to loosen it enough that you can pull it out.
- Dig a new hole (or deepen the existing hole) for the new post. The new hole should be at least 3’ feet deep so the new post stays solidly upright in the ground. You can rent or buy a post hole digger to make the job less difficult.
- Next,pour a small amount of concrete in the hole, set the new post in the hole, and pour the rest of the concrete up to ground level, smoothing it away from the post to promote drainage. Use a level to make sure it’s straight and adjust as necessary. You have about 20 minutes to make adjustments before the concrete sets.
- Let the gate post settle and the concrete cure for a couple of days before you re-hang the gate.
3. Install an Anti-Sag Gate Kit
If the hinges look good and there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the gate post, it may just be that gravity is to blame for a sagging gate. If this is the case, an anti-sag gate kit may be your answer. They’re available at big box stores and hardware stores, as well as online.
These kits include a cable, fittings, a turnbuckle, and all of the mounting hardware you will need. Just be sure you get a kit that fits your gate. When you have your kit, follow the directions carefully, attaching the brackets, turnbuckle, and cable, and tightening everything as directed. This tightening of the cable will eventually lift the bottom corner of the gate that is dragging off of the ground.
Schedule Fence Repair in the Denver Area
Depending on exactly what the problem is with your gate or fence, you might be able to fix it yourself. But if you want to ensure things are done right, schedule fence repair services with Denver Fence Company. We repair all types of fences and gates, including automatic gates, farm gates, yard gates, and more. We serve homeowners and commercial clients throughout the Denver metro area.
If your gate is damaged beyond repair (for example, if a vehicle hit it or a tree fell on it), we can replace it with an identical or similar gate, depending on the original. To get the fastest response, call (720) 418-8194. You can also use our contact form to let us know what you need, and we’ll be in touch by the next business day.