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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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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