Gate bracing

I've just finished a standard timber side gate - 3 horizontals with 2 parallel 45 deg braces. A builder came round to quote for a job and said I had my braces the wrong way relative to the hinges - they should be at the other 45. With my reasonable grasp of mechanics I can't see how it would make a difference which way the braces lie relative to the hinges - any comments?

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Aug 05, 2014
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Correct slope for gate bracing
by: John

The correct direction for the braces is for them to slope upwards from the hinges. The reason for this is so that the braces are in compression and you have the self weight of the gate closing up the joint between the horizontal and diagonal member.

If you have the braces going in the wrong direction they will be in tension and over time they will tend to open up and gradually the gate will weaken.

Take a look at the following page on gate construction, look closely as it highlights examples of braces sloping the right way and also the wrong way.

I hope that you find this useful. Correcting this error is fairly straightforward and should help your new gate to last a long time.

All the best

John

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