DIY Decorative Hardware Inspirations for Wood Gates to Add Durable Curb Appeal to Your Home

Adding decorative hardware to your gate is an easy way to spruce up your yard.

Adding decorative hardware to your gate is an easy way to spruce up your yard.

The other day I got home from the store in a rush to get dinner started. I wanted to surprise my wife with her favorite meal but, in a mad flurry, I ended up slamming the gate behind me a bit too hard. After a deep breath and a few choice words, I turned around to find that the hinges had completely detached from the fence. Needless to say, my wife wasn’t very happy, but we finally agreed it was probably time for a gate makeover anyway. A few days later I began what I expected to be a laborsome, time-consuming task, but it ended up being both simple and enjoyable.

Sprucing up your wood gate with decorative hardware is actually one of the quickest and easiest improvements you can make to your yard. It only requires a few simple tools and a little bit of cash. Your gate is the first and last thing that your guests and family see when they come and go. By combining creativity with quality, decorative products designed for your wooden gate you can add curb appeal—and value—to your home and yard.

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Using Wood Post Anchors, Gravel, and Copper Naphthenate to Keep Your Fence Posts from Rotting

keep your fence posts from rotting

Fence post anchors are an easy way to protect your fence posts from water that might rot them.

Remember that beautiful fence you installed a few years ago? It took a whole weekend, but every time you look at it, you’re filled with a sense of pride and accomplishment. So, when you notice that the carefully-installed wooden posts are starting to show signs of rotting, you can’t help but be upset.

There are few things more frustrating than spending time and energy on a project only to see it disintegrate, especially if you could have prevented it. Fortunately, there are several methods to keep your fence posts from rotting out without having to spend another weekend breaking your back. Read more

Selecting the Right Fastener for Your ACQ Pressure Treated Lumber Project

Right fastener for an ACQ Pressure Treated Lumber Project

Pressure-treated lumber can be corrosive to metals, so you’ll want to choose specially-designed fasteners.

It is starting to warm up outside and you’ve finally decided to get to work on some yard projects, maybe replacing that gate that was damaged last year, or building some raised beds in your garden. But when you’re loading up your lumber you notice the tag “Pressure Treated” or “ACQ”. What exactly does that mean?

Pressure-treated lumber undergoes a chemical process that may cause the accelerated corrosion of metals that come in contact with the wood (like screws and other fasteners). Once the fasteners have corroded, replacing them can be an immensely time-consuming repair for you, depending on the project.

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Choosing Corrosion-Resistant Fasteners for Hurricane-Prone Areas

corrosion-resistant fasteners for hurrican-prone areas

When you live in a hurricane-prone area, make sure you use corrosion-resistant hardware such as powder-coated, hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel fasteners for your building projects.

You’ve been hunkered down for the last two days while the wind and rain ripped past your house, but it’s time to head outside to view the damage. A few shutters are swinging, part of your fence came down, and your mailbox went AWOL. It’s nothing that can’t be fixed in a weekend, right? Then you find the pergola you worked so hard to build a few years ago. It’s still upright, but it looks like it could come down at any minute. If you’ve been through a few hurricanes, you can probably blame the fasteners.

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