If the 4 x 4 posts appear to lean to the left, that is only an illusion of perspective because of the camera angle. There was a large bush at my left elbow and I could not move farther to the left when I took the photo.
I did a search on Instructables and could not find anything similar to what I am showing here. Although my solution is very simple and may be obvious to many, this could be of help to someone who does not happen to think of it. Although this Instructable may not be as glamorous as preparing for a Zombie Apocalypse, there comes a time when all of us will deal with home repairs, and this is a common one.
Step 1: What needs to be done
The tops of the two 4 x 4 posts need to be pulled away from the house slightly. The simple way to do that is to add a strut that will pull so as to shorten the red line I have laid over the photo.
I used a rule to measure the length of the red line and I used an angle finder to determine the angle of the red line relative to the vertical lines.
The photo shows the outside or street view of the gate. I do not want to add a strut to this side, but to the inside of the fence. I also showed the outside of the gate because I am writing this Instructable after I made and installed the strut.
- 1/8 x 3/4 x 4 inches strap iron
- 1/8 x 1 x 3 inches strap iron
- 3/8 inch concrete reinforcement bar
- 1 inch angle iron
- 5/16 inch threaded rod
- 2 nuts 5/16 inch
- 1 lag bolt 5/16 x 2 1/2 inches
- 3 lag bolts 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches
- Hacksaw or angle grinder with a cutting wheel and a grinding wheel
- Angle finder
- Drill and bits
- Wrenches for installing lag bolts and for making adjustments
- Spring clamps