How to Install a
How to Install a Fence Gate that will
withstand the Test of Time and a Lot of Physical Abuse
By Mark J. Donovan
installed the main part of a fence all thatís left to do is hang the fence gate.
After everything else youíve done in installing the fence, hanging a fence gate
is relatively easy. This said, the fence gate takes a lot of abuse and thus
should be securely attached to oversized fence posts that are securely fastened
into the ground.
Hopefully youíve designed and installed the fence so that the fence gate is
positioned in your preferred location.
Ideally the fence gate should be installed so that it is centered between two
sections of fence. This will ensure additional support for the fence gate. Also
note that your fence gate will be more rugged if there is a section of fence
attached to each gate fence post. If for some reason it is not possible to
center the fence gate between two sections of fence, then make sure to hinge the
fence gate on the gate post that is attached to a section of fence.
Prior to installing the fence gates posts you need to first measure the width
for the fence gate. It is important that when making this measurement that you
allow for the proper gate hinge spacing and latch spacing.
Due to the fact that a fence gate, and its associated gate posts, take a lot of
mechanical abuse it is important to set the gate posts in large concrete
footers. Setting the gate posts in concrete footers will prevent the gate posts
from shifting over time, caused by the constant motion of the gate fence opening
After setting the gate posts into their concrete footers it is best to allow the
concrete to cure for about a week prior to completing the process of hanging the
Once the concrete has sufficiently cured, you can move on to the next stage of
hanging the fence gate. Keep in mind that is important that you mount the fence
gate high enough off the finished grade of soil so that the fence gate opens and
closes freely. Moreover, you may want to mount it a few inches above the soil
grade to enable you to open the fence gate even when there is a couple of inches
of snow on the ground.
Next, consider where you should mount the fence gate hinges on the fence posts.
Make sure they are positioned at not only the right height, but also in the
proper direction so that the gate swings open and close in the preferred
Finally, make sure you clearly know where you want to locate the latch on the
opposite fence post. And again, you want to make sure you locate it at a height
so that the fence gate sits level between the two fence gate posts and swings
open and close freely.
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