Do you have a home that you need to protect? Before you invest in an alarm system or worry about a new front door, you might want to think about putting in a fence. Fences can be attractive, sturdy barriers that keep people out of your space, which can be really helpful for creating the kind of environment you are looking for. On this website, check out great information about how to install a fence with the help of the right professionals, how to proceed with your plans, and what to do when things don't turn out exactly like you might want them to. By making a few simple changes now, you could dramatically improve your future.
Do you have a fenced-in portion of your property to keep animals from escaping the safety of their pasture? Some animals can be very determined to reach the other side of the fence and know very well that the gate is the best option for breaking through. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you reinforce the gate and repair any sagging or damage that they may have already caused.
When it comes to reinforcing the gate, you'll have a few elements that will need your attention – the gate itself, the hardware, and the latch. After being beaten up by the animals for so long, the hardware can begin to bend or come loose, the latch can begin to bend and the gate can become weak.
To fix these issues, you'll just need to purchase some more durable hardware, a very tough latch, and some additional fencing materials to reinforce it so it can withstand even more force than before.
When installing the new hardware, its best to drill new holes for the bolts to hold it in place. This way, it will be more difficult for the animals to beat the gate to the point where the holes where the bolts are attached get stripped so that the bolts come loose. Another option is to drill through the post entirely and run a bolt long enough to extend through the other side so that you can attach a nut to keep it from cutting into the wood so that the hole becomes too large to securely hold the hardware in place.
When reinforcing the gate itself, you can use thicker wood posts, or you can upgrade to solid steel poles to attach to the existing gate. The goal here is to provide so much support to the gate that you won't have to worry about the impact busting through the panels that make up the gate.
Some animals are smart enough to learn how to undo the latch that keeps the gate locked. You can use a locking latch or attach a second latch to the outside of the gate – this way it is not only latched from the inside, but also from the outside making it impossible for them to beat on the latch until it pops open.
Goats, large breed dogs and other family animals can be difficult to contain. Hopefully, the tips above will help you keep your animals in the yard where they are safe. Talk with your local fence contractor for help creating an escape-proof fence and gate for your family's animals.
To learn more, contact a gate repair company such as City Wide Fence Co.