Tromler Construction - A Sacramento General Contractor: I'm Sure It Will Go Unnoticed By Most Buyers

I'm Sure It Will Go Unnoticed By Most Buyers

 

I'm Sure It Will Go Unnoticed By Most Buyers

 

Okay, so you are looking at building or repairing that deck of yours and want to get some ideas to make those deck improvements. You head over to your local Big Box Hardware store to look at some displays, check the prices, and collect some design ideas for your own home project. I do the same thing sometimes.

While at a local store I came across this display pamphlet showing some design options. Included in the photos was a shot of a gate. Gates are important to have but they do need to be build correctly to last. This one caught my attention because it was not right. That diagonal board is very important in the prevention of the gate sagging over time, it was put in at the wrong angle. Is that the way their installers do it? I hope not.

I'm certain that I am this will go unnoticed by most. My wife tells me that I have an eye for this sort of flaw detection that is of no use to anyone, she may be right. It never hurts to know how things should be done, the end user can choose to use it or not.

Comments

Haha that looks exactly like a gate I built myself for a deck many years ago in Ohio, they must have stolen my design! 

Posted by Stefan Winter, Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech (Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger) about 2 years ago

Tom, interesting!  Do you have a picture of a gate with the proper angle?  I have seen many 45 degree diagonal boards in our area like the one pictured.

Posted by Bruce Walter (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana) about 2 years ago

Oy.  I guess they didn't know how to cut the edges or just didn't want to do the extra cuts.  I see stuff like this all time (e.g. when edges aren't mitred).

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 2 years ago

OK, let me see... the board should be the other way? I might fail the test Tom... but I would make it hit the bottom and top exactly, there seems to be a gap there at both ends.

I had no idea when I logged on today there would be a test. The dog ate my books, I wasn't prepared... OMG... now what?

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 2 years ago

Well... it's certainly of use to YOU should you decide to build a gate! YOURS won't sag. 

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 2 years ago

Tom,  Yes, one would need to know how it is to be done properly otherwise it would be over looked. I'm with Bruce Walter - how is it supposed to be?

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 2 years ago

Physics is physics. 

The wrong angle is the wrong angle.

The right angle is the right angle.

Why?  Because gravity works.

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 2 years ago

I made my Donald put a wheel on the outter end for that reason. (to keep it from sagging.  Now sure which way our board goes.  Tag me when you put the right answer.  Inquiring minds

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 2 years ago

Maybe they did Stefan Winter .
Good point Bruce Walter . It's not the degrees of the board so much as the direction, it needs to be sloping in the other direction.


I noticed those miters too Debbie Gartner 
You are so funny Andrea Swiedler , tests will be announced in the future!

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 2 years ago

Knowing how to build helps with some common problems Marte Cliff 
I hope the illustration earlier helps Kathleen Daniels . I found an older post that may help too!
Gravity does work Jay Markanich , we can use it to our advantage.
Consider yourself tagged Tammy Lankford . I hope this helps.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 2 years ago

I grew up in a family of building contractors - then married another one, so it all makes sense to me. 

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 2 years ago

 Good Monday morning Tom. I often see gates being built that do not have the diagonal. Very essential!

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 2 years ago

Good morning Tom.  I was wondering what was wrong and after reading your reply now I do.  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) about 2 years ago

A lifetime with contractors.... now you must have some stories Marte Cliff .  lol

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 2 years ago

To not have any diagonal support is asking for trouble Michael Thornton 

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 2 years ago

The idea is pretty simple once you see and understand the reason for that board James Dray 

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 2 years ago

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