Wooden gate disintegrating around metal latch

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Old 05-07-20, 03:58 PM
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Wooden gate disintegrating around metal latch

This gate and latch are only 8 years old, but the wood around the latch pin is disintegrating. There is no automatic closer on this gate, so it doesn't get slammed around too much.

I have tried holding it together with wood fillers (e.g., Plastic Wood) and staples, but it's still coming apart. Any ideas how to fix it so it lasts some more years?

One photo shows the latch in place, the other shows it unscrewed so you can see what's under it.
 
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Old 05-07-20, 04:06 PM
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Cut out the rotting piece and replace it with new wood.
 
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I really do not like modern pressure treated lumber. It just doesn't last as long as the old CCA. If you are anywhere near a coast check lumber yards, not home centers to see if they have 2"x lumber that is treated for ground contact. It will contain more preservative and might last longer than the commonly available above ground treated lumber.
 
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I agree, it needs to be replaced.
Next time use carrage bolts with a nut and washer on the back side, not lags.
 
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It looks to me like that board was bad from the start, judging from the way the grain runs at the end. Replace the entire board.
 
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Thanks for the replies. I know nothing about gate construction. What is holding that one board to the rest of the gate? I don't see any other hardware, is the board glued in or simply pressure-fitted?

PS, the really rusty looking metal frames are the originals, predating my ownership. The fence builders just reused them. Are there maybe hidden screws running through the metal to hold the now-rotting board in place?
 
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I'm certain it's nailed or screwed in place.
 
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I know nothing about gate construction.
I think you need to hire a local handyman to look it over and repair it properly.
 
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Old 05-21-20, 03:18 PM
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I'm certain it's nailed or screwed in place.
Unfortunately, the board is indeed nailed into place. I found the holes and got all excited thinking it was screwed. Then I could have just pulled out the wood and flipped it around and used the other end for the latch. But the board is held in place with 2 countersunk nails, 1 at each end, so I don't see any way to remove it. Dang.
 
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That's why they invented sawzalls and oscillating tools.
 
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