Swing gates - this is the most common option for entering the country house, into the courtyard of a private house or into a garage. This design is very convenient, practical and versatile. The gates are easy to manufacture, they are very easy to install, the main thing is that they are made of high-quality and durable materials. In order for the products to last as long as possible without malfunctions, it is necessary to monitor them correctly - clean the mechanisms of contaminants, lubricate and regulate the system. But over time, minor breakdowns cannot be avoided, even with perfect care, various parts of a robust construction begin to wear out.
Swing gate device
Before proceeding with the repair of the gates, it is necessary to understand how this design is arranged.
Absolutely all varieties of swing structures can not do without the following elements:
- supporting pillars;
- gate leaves;
- locking mechanisms.
Some designs are also equipped with a special swing mechanism, which is fixed at the bottom of the fold.
Damage to the swing structures does not exist too much, and you can probably do the repair yourself with your own hands, for this you only need to be able to handle basic repair tools.
Failure options and their elimination
The most common failures in swing structures are skewing of supports, sagging flaps, jamming and breaking of loops, malfunctions of the locking mechanism.
Damage to these elements is quite common, which is associated with constant high loads on them.
Damage may be as follows:
- loop displacement may occur;
- may loosen the mount;
- the stem may break;
- the loop may be deformed;
- the loop may be damaged by corrosion.
The loop can also break, this happens in those cases when it was poorly attached to the support post. Another reason is factory loop defect. To eliminate the breakdown, it will be necessary to remove the gate leaves and replace either only the hinge mounting, or install a new hinge (in the case of factory defects).
If, due to the sufficiently high pressure of the metal leaves, the loop or rod deforms, it is also better to completely replace them, since sorting out these parts will take a lot of time and will not guarantee that the breakdown can be eliminated.
Often there is the problem of jamming the system. It is most often caused by prolonged “downtime” of the gate - a period when they were not used at all. Precipitation could fall on the hinges, condensate precipitate due to the temperature difference, as a result of which the loops can lose their smooth rotation property, and they begin to jam. This moment can be eliminated by dripping liquid solid oil or machine oil into the loop mechanism, at the same time, the flaps should be gradually rocked so that their course is completely unlocked.
Repair of support poles
In those situations when the gate leaves are open for a long time, the support pillars may skew. In order to prevent this from happening, it is necessary to establish protection - drive a wedge between the ground and the edge of the widened gate leaf.
If the distortion of the support pillars has already occurred, it will be difficult to fix this defect. To do this, you will need to remove the gate leaves from the hinges and reinstall the support posts, strengthen the soil and cement them again.
Sash sash repair
This malfunction occurs in a metal gate. This is due to the deformation of the structure, which, in turn, is caused by the absence of cross members on the sash frame.
In order to eliminate the sag of the sash, you will need to remove them from the hinges, disconnect the frame from the canvas, align and strengthen it, then install the cross-beams. Next, you can re-mount the canvas and install the gate leaves.
Locking mechanism repair
This breakdown is quite rare, but still causes a lot of inconvenience.
In cases where the gate constipation is a structure of an eye and a valve - repair will not be difficult. The problem in such cases is the curvature of one of the elements. Therefore, it will be enough just to straighten the deformed part.
If a mortise locking mechanism is provided in the swing gates, it will require more effort and time to repair it. It will be necessary to remove the mortise mechanism and return it for repair; if it is not repairable, replace it with a new one.
If oar gates are installed in your private house, at the cottage, in the garage or in any other place, do not forget that the period of their proper functioning will directly depend on the frequency of opening and closing of the shutters. Bring them into action should be as rare as possible , and even more so you can not leave the sash open for a long time. This tip is universal for all kinds of systems.
Also, in order to avoid many breakdowns, it is very important to carefully care for the hinges of the system - lubricate them with special means that prevent the occurrence of corrosion.
Summing up, we can conclude that most of the breakdowns of swing gates can be eliminated quite simply, and you can deal with it yourself. In the event of more serious breakdowns, or if you use complex swing structures, which include Nice automatic systems, it is best to turn to professionals for help repairing.
See how to repair swing gates in the next video.