didn't confuse low-maintenance with no-maintenance, did you? Take
some time to inspect your vinyl siding and make sure it's in good
shape. Hail, wind, and errant baseballs can all take their toll.
you find a damaged piece of vinyl siding, use a zip tool to unlock
it from the course above it, then pull out the nails holding it
in place. You can take out the entire section or simply cut it
off past the damaged area with snips or a hacksaw. Cut a new piece
of siding that's two inches longer then the area to be covered
and fit it in place making sure the seams overlap the same direction
as the existing seams. Nail the new piece of siding loosely in
place—vinyl moves as it expands and contracts so should never
be tightly nailed in place. Use the zip tool to lock the new section
of siding to the one above it.
Up a Sagging Gate
some investigating to try and determine the cause of the problem.
Here are solutions to several likely sources of trouble.
the post is sound (not rotted), the solution is to reset it.
Dig the post out to below the frost line. Set the post on a
bed of gravel, plumb it, and temporarily brace it in position.
Fill the hole the rest of the way with concrete and let it completely
cure before removing the bracing.
the post has rotted at ground level, you could cut off the old
post at ground level and sister on a new post, digging a new
hole for it as described above, but it will look better if you
replace the entire post.
you get off easy and all that's needed is to tighten the hinge
screws. If the holes are stripped, though, you'll need to give
the screws something to bite into. Remove the screws and pack
each hole with wood toothpicks dipped in wood glue. After the
glue has dried trim the toothpicks flush and reinstall the hinges.
properly built wooden gate has a crosspiece that runs from high
on the latch side to low on the hinge side to help keep the
gate square. If yours doesn't, this is a likely culprit. Your
options are to rebuild the gate, incorporating a crossbrace,
or add a turnbuckle. Note that a turnbuckle runs on the opposite
diagonal as a crossbrace—it should be installed so it is high
on the hinge stile running down to the lower rail on the latch