Deck door wheel is leaving a mark on paint and need a way to lift it

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Old 08-17-15, 01:49 PM
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Deck door wheel is leaving a mark on paint and need a way to lift it

The wheel bottom of the door is touching the ground while getting close to the closing point and its causing a mark. I wanted a way to lift it a little bit so it wont touch the ground. Is there some kind of spring I can attach to lift it up or any other ways.

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Sounds like it is not needed and I would consider removing it.
 
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If the wheel does it's job and runs across the floor/deck - it will leave a mark!
If you raise so the wheel doesn't hit the deck - why is it there?

didn't we cover this previously??
 
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We covered it previously but I can not find a way to take a screw driver down there to remove it. Very annoying to see a mark after so much hard work.
 
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Right angle screw driver or a screwdriver bit in a 1/4" drive ratchet.
 
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Remove the hinge straps, turn the door upside down to remove the wheel, then replace the hinge straps. The door will sag eventually, due to the way it was made. There is no angular support from the hinge side bottom to the latch side top.

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Never once seen that small a gate need a wheel you the gate is built right.
The latch you have there now requires it to line up perfect or it's not going to latch.
Replace it with a self adjusting one.
Everbilt Black Self-Adjusting Gate Latch-18591 - The Home Depot
There's no cross buck to keep the gate from sagging.
Wright Products 50 in. Zinc Turnbuckle-V691 - The Home Depot
 
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Chandler, it's interesting to see the direction you put that diagonal. I personally put that the other way going from the top of the inside to the bottom of the lack side so they are in tension instead of an compression like they are in your design. I seen it done both ways and really don't know if there's one way that's really better than the other one. I guess the reason I've always used tension is that I normally use aircraft cable with a turnbuckle to provide adjustment.
 
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The reason I do it that way is that it doesn't rely on fasteners to keep the tension as it would in a "pull" situation. Having it low hinge to high latch is like a crutch and the fasteners only keep it from falling out. Now, with A/C cabling, your method would be boss, since you actually have nothing but "pull".
 
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Just to be clear, solid wood braces as Larry pictured go from bottom hinge corner to upper outer corner to transfer the outer load to the inside in compression. Turnbuckles as Joe mentioned go from top hinge to lower outer corner to lift the outside (tension). Some say you can use it either way. I feel even though it's "solid" it can still flex and bow. A cable always goes from top hinge to lower outer to lift as well (tension). At least that the way I've always done it.

As small as that gate is, I'd probably use the rod to have less of a visible brace.

Those mitered corners aren't a good idea either. Very weak joint in this usage.

If it were mine, I'd take the whole gate off and re-build it correctly.
 
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......and use the proper hardware. I like this Homax EasyGate Heavy-Duty No-Sag Fence Gate Bracket Kit-80096 - The Home Depot
 
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Thanks for all the info. I will see if I can use one of them. Ahh! this house is a pain.
 
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and use the proper hardware.
Exactly what I was thinking of Larry, makes things so much easier and works well.
 
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......and use the proper hardware. I like this Homax EasyGate Heavy-Duty No-Sag Fence Gate Bracket Kit-80096 - The Home Depot
That looks interesting but I'm not quite sure how you would attach them, which they provide an illustration. I've actually also used these:
Wright Products 50 in. Zinc Turnbuckle-V691 - The Home Depot instead of aircraft cable.
 
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The kit I linked to uses 2x4's screwed at your particular length to the metal. You can make it as tall as practical, or as wide. It even comes with welded on hinges. No sag, no runs, no drips, no errors.
 
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And the kit uses all straight cuts (if you want) makes making a gate a 30 min process.
 
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Every house can be a pain.
All have there issues, new or old.
We own three so there's always something that needs to be done if I can find the time.
 
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That looks like HEAVY door. No wonder is sagging. They might want to keep bears away or large/strong dog in. I hope they don't have to bring the grocery shopping up that way and stop to open the gate at the very top.

Good links and info on this thread
 
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Actually it looks like a heavy gate to me not a door.
 
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