A common dilemma homeowners face is determining whether a project is something they can do themselves or whether they should leave it up to the pros. Here are three home improvement projects and our recommendation on what is and isn’t DIY territory.

Repairing a Sagging Gate

Gate kits make repairing a sagging gate a straightforward DIY project.
Gate kits make rebuilding a sagging gate a straightforward DIY project.

Wooden fence gates tend to warp and sag over time due to exposure to the elements. Reinforcing the gate so it doesn’t sag is a relatively simple DIY project.

One way to reinforce the gate is to add a diagonal support board inside opposing corners of the gate frame. Screw the diagonal support in place to transfer the weight of the gate to the hinge side and keep the gate from sagging. Watch How to Reinforce a Fence Gate to Keep It from Sagging for more info.

Another way to prevent sagging is with a gate kit, such as the EasyGate No-Sag Gate Kit from Homax. The kit comes with four gate brackets with attached hinges and screws, and can be used to build a new gate or repair an existing one.

For a different application of the Homax EasyGate Kit, watch the Checking In With Chelsea webisode Going Dutch, Door Style.

A gate kit can also be used to create a Dutch door on a shed.
A gate kit can also be used to create a Dutch door on a shed.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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