Deteriorating walk in Gate


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Old 03-29-23, 12:01 PM
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Deteriorating walk in Gate

Hi, I have this small gate in front of my house and after a few years exposed to the elements, it has shown great signs of almost breaking apart. I want to fix it but I have minimal knowledge of wood work. This is solid wood assembled by a handyman/carpenter years ago. Suggestions? tips? for an "easy" fix that does not require much specialty tools? There are two spots in opposite corners, diagonally, that need to be fixed. (See pics)
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03-30-23, 11:40 AM
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Cutting PVC is the same as cutting wood. Same tools, same techniques. The only difference will be if using power tools. PVC can heat up, melt and might bind when cutting. Slow hand sawing is no problem.
 
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Old 03-29-23, 12:36 PM
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Well it's pretty much a lost cause, since the perimeter provides the structure for the entire door. It needs to be totally rebuilt someday.

If you just wanted to put a bandaid on it to get by for a few more years, you could make some corner gussets for it. Basically a big triangle on each corner... applied to all 4 corners... on both sides of the door. Maybe use a piece of 1x10 PVC since it won't rot. If you want to fill the rotten void, just fill it with Bondo or similar. Then cover it up with the gussets and paint it.
 
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Yes, a few more years, as I said I want to fix this one. A piece of PVC 1x10? Flat? to make a gusset? How would I do that? This has to look decent is the entrance of my house. Is there a hardware already for this?, I can't find a piece that would cover the corners...they are all Gate kits with corner support.
 
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Cut the 1x10 into pieces 10" long. Then cut those pieces diagonally to make two triangles. Then nail or screw those to the corners of the door. You would need eight triangles. Once it's painted it's going to look better than it currently does.

If you don't like that idea, put long pieces of 1x6 vertically on each side, which would also hide the rot. But that won't help as much to keep the door square. That's why I'd suggest the corner pieces.
 
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If cutting PVC is problematic just get pre made corner brackets. Most home centers carry them. Then all you have to do is screw them into place.
 
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Thanks guys, the most I can do at home is cutting wood. Not PVC. I'll look for a way to get a corner bracket of sorts.
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Cutting PVC is the same as cutting wood. Same tools, same techniques. The only difference will be if using power tools. PVC can heat up, melt and might bind when cutting. Slow hand sawing is no problem.
 
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