Lawdy, lawdy, lawdy. The third gate is done. The gate was easy to build. I had it completed in just about two hours. Then I began the process of hanging it.
Hanging the first two gates was quick and easy. I couldn't believe how quickly they went up. Today .... what a difference. OMG, there was nothing that went as the last one did!
The first gates were each mounted to an upright that also supported the roof and were straight up and sturdy. Today the two sides of the gate were merely railings, no upper support, so they don't stand straight. Well, I thought I had it all together, but the gate was too wide at the bottom and too narrow at the top! Despite my measuring and measuring and measuring again, it wasn't quite right. And the supports can't be straightened as they are tied into the railings. I thought of that and tried, thinking I could shim it or something, but they ain't a-movin'!
After some thought, I got out a plane and began shaving the bottom of the gate. The process was to shave a small amount, then try it in place again, plane off some more, check the fit again, over and over, until the gate fits in the spot. The gate is heavy, and every time I had to lift it up was harder than the one before.
The movements of planing are hard on my arms, too. After a while, my arms were SO tired I could hardly lift them. Add to this me having to get down on the deck for some tasks, and then getting up again, over and over and over. And the hinges .... I bought a different kind because I was near a different store, and despite these costing three times what the others did, they don't work as they should. The "self-closing" feature is not strong enough, so it barely closes, and only if it is released from a very wide open position. Worthless.
By the time the gate was finished and hung, I had spent almost four hours on something that, under normal circumstances, should have taken about thirty minutes to an hour. And I was completely exhausted. I barely had enough energy to pick up my tools and clean up. I got a glass of ice water and sat in my hammock chair for a half hour or so, then got energy enough to get into the shower. After that, I simply laid on the couch and read from my Kindle. I have to tell you that I hurt e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e. My toes hurt, for goodness sake!! I've taken Tylenol, had a glass of wine, some cheese and crackers, and I'll live.
The gate isn't perfect, but most people won't notice. Especially when everything is painted so everything is the same color. Bottom line is that the gate is strong and functional. I'm so glad I have no more gates to build. SOOOOO glad!
Pictures will follow soon.