I hired an fencing contractor to install a wood gate and about a 3
foot fence section that it is attached to (redwood posts and western
red cedar rails).
I've noticed the gate is slightly off level. I't barely if at all
noticeable to most people. Anyway, I got out a level and checked the
post next to the gate. It turns out that it is pretty plumb back and
forth, but about a 1/4 to 3/8 inch off side to side (thus the gate
being slightly off). The gate opens past a brick path that has a hump
so that the gate on it's outward swing eventually just barely clears
the brick--that's why the 1/4 inch is even relevent.
Anyway, another problem that has occurred is the latch is not aligned
quite right so it is hard to open unless you first push in the gate.
Also, it now has a strange "creaking" sound when opening.
I am going to have the guy come out and adjust the latch. However, I
don't know if it's acceptable for a post to be slightly off plumb like
that or if it is legitimate for me to expect a professional to get it
absolutely perfect. Also, I don't know what could be done to fix it
except to start all over.
What do you think? Is this margin of error exceptable or should it be
perfectly plumb? I just don't have any experience with this so I don't
know what should be expected in this type of thing.