Everybody – the hardworking TCPA volunteers and docents in particular – will be very happy to know that we got the gate fixed up today. Steve from Brock Fence came out and rehung it with new hardware, straightened the barbed wire and the chain link, put in a drop post so we can close half of it at a time, and in general made it a functioning gate again. No more will it take three people to get the gate closed after our Open Day!
Steve did a great job and this is going to be a big improvement. We’re planning on replacing the entire gate, of course, but that’s a project that won’t happen overnight. In the meantime, we’ll enjoy our “new” gate – which was probably first installed over 60 years ago, in the 1940s or 1950s. So all things considered, it hasn’t done a bad job.
Below is the new drop bar and hook. This may not look very exciting, but if you’ve ever had to hold one half of the very heavy and crooked gate closed with your foot while attempting to capture the other part with the chain and padlock, you’ll appreciate how wonderful this is!