Tips on When to Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro

Danny Lipford with SimpleMat tile setting mat and Fusion Pro grout, which make installing a backsplash more DIY-friendly.

Danny Lipford with SimpleMat tile setting mat and Fusion Pro grout, which make installing a backsplash more DIY-friendly.

A common dilemma homeowners face is determining whether a project is something they can do themselves or whether they should leave it up to the pros. Here are three home improvement projects and our recommendation on what is and isn’t DIY territory.

Repairing a Sagging Gate

Gate kits make repairing a sagging gate a straightforward DIY project.

Gate kits make rebuilding a sagging gate a straightforward DIY project.

Wooden fence gates tend to warp and sag over time due to exposure to the elements. Reinforcing the gate so it doesn’t sag is a relatively simple DIY project.

One way to reinforce the gate is to add a diagonal support board inside opposing corners of the gate frame. Screw the diagonal support in place to transfer the weight of the gate to the hinge side and keep the gate from sagging. Watch How to Reinforce a Fence Gate to Keep It from Sagging for more info.

Another way to prevent sagging is with a gate kit, such as the EasyGate No-Sag Gate Kit from Homax. The kit comes with four gate brackets with attached hinges and screws, and can be used to build a new gate or repair an existing one.

For a different application of the Homax EasyGate Kit, watch the Checking In With Chelsea webisode Going Dutch, Door Style.

A gate kit can also be used to create a Dutch door on a shed.

A gate kit can also be used to create a Dutch door on a shed.

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  • gene cox Says:
    May 28th, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    i have a solid wood door with a lead glass center that the mahogany finish is becoming faded about half the length of the door due to the angle of the sun on that part. i was told to just use a very fine steel wool and don’t refinish. sounds stupid to me. what do you suggest, refinish or stupid ??


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Tips on When to Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro