The cost of technical services are on the rise and most of us cannot afford the price of an expensive last minute service call or car repair. This site will help guide you with some of our experiences and knowledge that Axel and I have acquired over the years. Become a Do It Yourself-er (DIY) and save some time and money. We repair our own home, cars, trucks, computers and more.
We wanted to share our latest project for our house. We found an old and weathered Southwest style courtyard gate. It is made of nice thick pine but showed some signs of water damage and was falling apart. We took measurements on the gate and compared them to the opening in our wall. The gate was almost perfect in width but needed to be cut down in height. This worked out well because the water damage was at the bottom of the gate. We ended up cutting almost 6 inches off of the bottom of our southwest gate. We then used a rubber mallet to pound the tongue and groove features back together. When everything was in place I used a lot of wood glue and long screws to keep it from falling apart again. Next we chose a nice bright light blue paint, I believe it was a good quality outdoor latex paint. Now we had to mount the door to our stuccoed courtyard wall. I chose the correct thickness door jambs, I think they were just the cedar fence planks from Home Depot. I also used simple gate hinges from Home Depot to attach the door to the jamb and then mounted the hinge side jamb to the stucco wall using the new concrete anchors from Home Depot. The latch side of the gate required a double thickness door jamb so that the rabbits don't come in eat our plants and flowers. We were very happy with the results and now have a rabbit barrier for our front yard. Here are some before and after pictures.
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