High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

DIY Maintenance Checklist For Your Automatic Gate

Construction & Contractors Blog

Having access to an automatic gate can make it easy to enter and exit your property without leaving the comfort of your vehicle. To ensure that your automatic gate continues to work properly, regular maintenance is required.

Here are three simple things that should be on your DIY maintenance checklist when it comes to better maintaining your automatic driveway gate in the future.

1. Lubricate the hinges.

Opening and closing your automatic gate repeatedly can take a toll on the hinges used to attach your gate to the fence surrounding your home. To ensure that these hinges don't lock up on you, it's essential that you keep them lubricated.

Using a standard grease gun and a tube of heavy grease purchased from your local hardware store, locate the zerk fitting on your gate's hinge. This fitting, also referred to as a grease fitting, will likely have a plastic cap that needs to be removed before grease can be applied.

Pump grease into the zerk fitting until you see some starting to come out of the bearing. Replace the plastic cap, then open and close your gate a few times to evenly distribute the grease throughout the hinge's operating system.

2. Lubricate the slide chain.

Many automatic gates feature a slide chain that runs along the bottom length of the gate. The slide chain is designed to run through two idlers, and plays a critical role in the proper opening and closing of your driveway gate.

Keeping the slide chain lubricated allows it to run through the idlers with ease. The best type of lubricant for a slide chain is heavy axle grease, which can be found at your local automotive store.

Use a clean rag to scoop some of the grease from the container, then run the rag along the full length of the chain to lubricate each link. Be sure that you partially open your gate to ensure that you lubricate the part of the chain that is retracted inside the idlers when the gate is fully closed.

3. Adjust the slide chain's tension.

Keeping the right amount of tension in your slide chain is essential not only for the proper opening and closing of your automatic gate, but for maintaining aesthetic appeal as well.

You can identify whether or not your slide chain's tension needs to be adjusted by evaluating the amount of sag present in your gate. It's normal for a 12 to 16 foot gate to exhibit about 2 inches of sag, anything greater than this should be remedied as quickly as possible to avoid placing unnecessary strain on the gate's hinges.

You can tighten your slide chain by using a wrench to take in slack at the idlers.

For more information, contact Gibson Construction Of Nevada Inc or a similar company.


1 June 2016