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Heavy gate rubbing on floor

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by Keitai, 4 Dec 2019 at 7:15 AM.

  1. Keitai

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    Should I just put some washers to raise this gate up as it's runbbing on the floor at the moment ? 20191203_102507.jpg 20191203_102235.jpg
     
  2. Harry Bloomfield

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    where is it rubbing on the ground, hinge side or middle of gate?
     
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    I don’t think washers would work. You’ll probably find that they have dropped because of wear on the hinge pins and/or the corresponding holes on the gate. They may need building up and re-drilling or even modifying to accept a sealed roller bearing. Something like this:

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  4. EddieM

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    Wanna be careful what you post, from that photo I can tell exactly (to the property number) where you live.
     
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    Washers will work. Use at least two stainless washers and grease them lightly where they touch. Multiple washers are better than a single thick one because they will align themselves to run flat, instead of rubbing on the hook and pin.

    I use C form stainless washers which are bigger, for the hole size, than usual, so have a greater surface area. You can buy small quantities on ebay.

    Also use a long spirit level to see if the post is leaning.

    Your gate may have been bent by urchins swinging on it and you might be able to bend it back. Or, if they are fully symmetrical, hang then upside down.

    Edit
    I agree the holes in the gate look worn oval.
    I'd consider having them drilled out and a bronze push pressed in, but the washers are a much easier first step.
     
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  6. Keitai

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    Ground. Probably wall is ****ed and leaning. Not certain though
     
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    On the asphalt I can see the rubbing arc from the left-hand gate, locking edge.

    Next time you have the drive done you could dig it out a bit to reduce the level
     
  8. Keitai

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    Alright I'll try the washer route. How about fitting new thingies (hinges?) On the wall? They would have to be very strong with the weight of these gates though.
     
  9. Keitai

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    I dont live there. Local church asked me to sort it
     
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    The hinges you have are built into the brickwork so a bit of a job to change. Might be a hundred years old. If it was me I might put new ones in, not in the same place. I am not much good at brickwork.

    Edit
    .....it looks like stone. Somebody spent a fair bit of money on that.
     
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    Who gives a toss where he might live ?
     
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    I doubt it that he lives in a Church. I'm more concerned that he is trading as a handyman that comes on a diy site asking for help.

    Andy
     
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    Rather than interfere with the stone pillars, I'd consider moving the eyes on the metal gate.....easy enough to slit them off and weld 'em back on.
    Washers first though!
    John :)
     
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  14. Harry Bloomfield

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    It might even be possible to use eyebolts, with a nut either side of the gate metal... An eye, with a long thread attached to the side.

    This sort of thing - https://wireropeshop.co.uk/wire-sto...=17_80&zenid=0b0a49663de43f1c208373095fe3fe48

    Basically you cut the present socket bracket from the gate, then drill a hole where the socket was, and fit an eyebolt with a nut either side of the gate vertical metal work. That way they are adjustable, so any wear can be adjusted out.

    What ever method is used, it would be worth making the gates less easy to lift off, to prevent their theft by scrap metal collectors. I have a nut fitted on top of the bracket of the gate post, to which I added some weld. They cannot be lifted off, without grinding the nut off first.
     
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    I see four options.
    1. Dig/scrape a couple of inches out of the driveway and have it resurfaced at a lower level.
    2. Get the crooks out of the piers and rebuild them with the crooks a couple of inches higher.
    3. Cut the hinges off the gates and weld them back on a couple of inches lower.
    4. Use spacers. i.e. build it up with washers.
    I know which one I would do first.
     
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