“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” . . .

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” . . .
The song’s name says it all. As we get closer to the first day of Winter, the days are getting shorter, and we’re getting cold, wet weather.
Here are some winter tips for your fences and gates to keep you from getting left out in the cold:
If you need to keep your gates in one position (like closed for your kids or pets,) block up under the gates near the latch side. This will help keep them from binding up under the weight of snow/ice.
If you don’t need your gates in the closed position, leave them open or take them off (if small enough.) It will make it easier if you need to clear snow.
Remember to keep locks, or any metal-on-metal moving parts lubricated and clear of snow and ice to keep from freezing up when it gets really cold.
And probably most important, don’t use automated gates as snow plows to clear the driveway. Unless you like to keep fence companies busy with repairs!
Pictured: Black chain link enclosure in Homewood (Placer County).