I've been making a featheredge garden gate this weekend, and have just
got to fit the diagonal bracing. Most gates I've seen in the Sheds and
garden centres have the diagonals parallel - bottom left to centre
right, and centre left to top right. One or two have them meeting in the
middle - bottom left to centre right, and centre right to top left.
Any reason one should be better than the other?
Well all things being equal, I would say one big brace which is lower on
the hinged edge. Those with two braces and a central bar, are a little
harder to call of course. My old woodworking master at school always baked
the doors so that the hanging weight was compressing the cross stay, not
pulling it off.
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We had one where the brace went from hinge-top to lath bottom. The
joints opened up, and it sagged. So I put a wire across the opposite
diagonal, and a little tension got it back in place.
(OK, a lot of tension. Two strands, and a bit of wood wound around and
around to twist the wires.)
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