Country Lore: Easy-to-open Gate

This reader has an idea for how to keep gates from dragging on the ground.
By Lloyd Kahn
August/September 2005
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This gate won't sag with time.
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Over The Garden Gate

How we milled lumber, made a gate and installed the gate during a break in the weather.

Long gates frequently sag and drag on the ground, making opening them difficult.

This gate, with the stone counterbalance, was built in the Mexican mountain town of Alamos. A large rock counterbalances the weight of the mortise-and-tenon frame, which pivots on a pin inserted into the left fence post and swings open with a slight push.

Lloyd Kahn
Bolinas, California
 








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