At the beginning of the year, the neighbour who shares my back garden gate
raised the subject of getting it replaced. As you can see in the above photo, it is a little worse for wear.
What you can’t see is that the top bar with the lock on it comes away and has a tendency to knock us on the head when we open the gate. So, it is only a matter of time before it does us an injury and/or will provide us with not even a smidge of security.
My neighbour had raised the issue of making a new gate, which she thought might be quite simple. However, after she had put in the new fence between us (it is strictly speaking my fence but I didn’t have the funds to help with costs), I felt it was appropriate for me to do the honours on this occasion.
A friend had suggested a company which had put her fence in. So, I took a look at what it had to offer and was quite taken with one of their fence panels, which could be made into gate. So far so good.
I would really love to have had this gate and for them to do the installation, too. The issue was that they messed me around and after a phone conversation with the liaison person this afternoon, I decided to roll back my plan.
The upshot is that I now have a plank of wood
from another company who were friendly and helpful. They may be a national firm and the wood may not be from quite the same ethical source but I am tired of ethical companies with poor customer service.
Anyway, the hope is that I can mend the gate, thus providing a breathing space in order to decide what to do for the long term. Ticking all the boxes might be a bit of a challenge but we shall see!