DIY Gate Installation
After you have completed the major part of building a fence, the next step is installing a steel gate for security. Installing a gate is relatively easy! Logically a fence gate is fixed between two sections of fence. This ensures further support for the steel gate. The fence gate should be securely fixed to fence posts that are securely fixed into the ground.
Post opening digger
Instructions to follow
1. Since steel fence gate endure lots of mechanical misuse, it is vital to fix the gate posts in huge concrete footers. This will prevent the gate post from moving after a period of time due to continuous movement of the gate opening and closing. Allow the concrete to dry completely after fixing the gate post. After the concrete is adequately dry, you can commence the next step of fixing the fence gate.
2. Before installing a gate you should take accurate measurements of the width and length for the gate. Allowing for suitable gate hinge and latch spacing is very significant when taking measurements. Use a tape measure to accurately mark the spots you wish to install your gate hinges on the gate post and mark using pencil or marker. Measure the steel gate and mark approximately the positions you want to place hinges. Using the base guideline as a beginning point mark the matching positions on the gate post.
3. Fix the first hinge on the first spot you marked onto the gate. Inspect it using a level, ensure the hinge levels by adjusting it and then mark the screw holes using a marker. Open and close the hinge to check you have fixed it facing the appropriate direction. Set the screw holes, then fix the hinge back in position and tighten it using screws and a screw driver.
4. For the remaining hinges, repeat step 2. Be careful when fixing the hinges to ensure a uniform and smooth look.
5. Put the gate alongside the back of the column of hinges and try opening and closing to ensure everything is fixed correctly.
6. Grip the gate in position against the gate post as an assistant checks the gate to make sure it level. After the gate is adjusted into an even position, let the assistant mark all the screw openings through the hinges and to the gate. Ensure they are even again, to ensure the gate will be firm and in a level position.
7. Drill the screw openings into the gate like they were marked.
8. Then put the gate against the gate post and hinges. The screw holes should be aligned with the crew holes in the hinges, Instruct your assistant to drive the screws into the hinge screw openings through the gate to tighten the gate onto the hinges.
9. Once all the screws are fixed, try to open and close the door. The hinges might require some oil, however the gate should hang and sway freely.
10. Add some more concrete on the bottom of each post using a trowel. This will help to make it mound-shaped and let water to flow and not remain stagnant around the posts.
11. Make sure the concrete is even sloping in one side a bit to allow water runoff.