Working On Fixing Up My Rotted and Sagging Gate Control Box

Friday June 29, 2018 Guerneville CA.

More work on the gate repairs

I knew I better get my automatic front gate fixed soon, so today I started on repairing the box it’s all  mounted in.

But first I went to town to get some money as I spent most of it on the new gate opener. My neighbor where the fire was paid me for the new gate controller and I had to cash his check too, so off to the bank I went.

Discussing a spring tap

On the way home I stopped at a guys down the road and discussed how to best tap his old spring he was working on.

When I got home it was late in the day, but I needed to get some gate work done.

Rotten wood and sagging

I went out to the box and had a look at what I needed to do.

Here’s the gate box that has a rotted roof and is sagging badly.box

 

Here’s the part that is rotted the worst. That wire used to go through the part that is rotted so the box is now sagging a lot.rot

 

Getting things ready to work

I loaded up my wheelbarrow with the tools I thought I’d need and the supplies I thought I would need. Even though I think I have everything, it’s always a lot more trips back and forth to the house to get boards and cut boards and get tools I didn’t realize I need. Needless to say I always get a lot of exercise around here while working away.

My chicks are doing well

I checked on the chicks. They were full and sitting around digesting.chicks

 

The box needed support boards

I went out to the gate with my stuff and added some new boards. One to the back that I screwed and wired up to hold the box up. I then added some roof support boards around the top which helps hold the old box together and gives  me a place to screw the new top to.top

 

I added these boards around the top and screwed everything into them to make it strong.top2

 

New roof

I cut this piece of metal roofing to put on the top, but realized the big holes in it would let critters into the box so I cut a board to put on it first, then I screwed the piece of metal roof down which looks like this.box6

 

Here’s the finished product.finbox

 

Still  more work to do on this project

This gate project is taking a lot longer than I thought it would. But it needed the work I’m putting into it badly so it’s good to get it done and all fixed up. I still have another day replacing all the gate control stuff with the new stuff and then I’ll be done with that job.

After that the day had warmed up a bit and I was tired so I went in and had a nice nap. When I got going again the day was almost over so I chair hopped a bit and came in at dark after shutting the chicks in the coop for the night.

That was my day.

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