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The Best Ways to Install a Fence Gate

The Best Ways to Install a Fence Gate

What is a fence gate? Gateways are nothing but a particular point of entry. It is a barrier that controls the entry and the exit of the people. It can be of various raw materials, but this article especially talks about only the fence gates.

Such gates are mostly found in the entrances of the gardens because it caters a very natural look to such places. So, if you are having a lawn or a garden, then you can install a fence gate at the back of your house, which would lead you directly to the backyard.

But, for doing all these, you also need to know how to install a fence gate. Read the article below to know more about the installation of the fence gates.

Best Way to Install Fence Gate

Firstly, you need to dig two holes into the earth’s surface. Each hole should be at least one 1/3rd or ½ of the height of the posts. So, suppose if you are willing to drive a six feet tall post under the ground, then the hole should be at least three feet.

Six feet posts can also adjust well with the two feet holes. But it totally depends upon the soil condition of the ground or maybe the weight of the fence. But before taking any step, always do check the manufacturer’s specifications.

Treating the wooden gate posts well is a very important part of the entire job especially, using preservatives before inserting them within the ground. Wood preservatives are preferred to do the task.

Soak the bottom of the posts into it before the installation process. Preservatives are easily available at the local marketplaces, such as in the paint shops. This wood treatment is not for all. It is only for the wood that will be placed under the ground.

The gate posts must be weathered in any way! If you have not cut it yet, you need to cut the top of the wood immediately and create a slant so that rainwater can run off through the top of the wood. Try doing this with a sliding level mark for appropriateness.

The work should be very neat, and after the completion, the slant edge should be covered again with wood preservative. And, if the wood is an untreated one, then you need to cover up the entire post with preservatives

the wood.

The measurement of both the fence gates should be perfect, equal and there should be no compromise done. Deciding which side your gate should open is also a vital part of the entire story.

Place two different posts on either top side of the gates by leaving a bit of gap, which will help the gates to open and close easily. Use two timber lengths to raise the gates slightly higher than that of the usual. Add it on both sides of the gates. If any mistake is made, it can be adjusted later.

As you have determined which side the gate will open, so now you can place the hinges into position on the back of the gate. Do not forget to mark the drill positions, or else you might face a few problems later. Create the holes.

You can test it by driving a screw within it to check the size. Screw the hinges in position using the galvanized screws. Drill holes for the latch screws. Screw the latch into position. Do not forget the gap when doing this as mentioned above.

Bracing the gate is an important part too! Brace the gate with three timber-length posts to make sure that the construction is undoubtedly a perfect one. You can use the braced gate to mark the position of the gate post holes. There should be a good amount of clearance gap between the two gates so that both can open and close freely.

When the gate will open or close, then the ground is to remain level, or else it may create a kind of disturbance. If the ground is soft, you may cover the portion with concrete to ignore the so-called disturbances.

 This will ensure another thing too. By this, the posts will not be pulled inwards by the weight of the gate. Let the concrete sit for 4 to 5 days or so. And then the gate is ready to use. I think this is probably one of the best fence gate ideas to be used among all the other difficult ones.

Mel Bartholomew
Mel Bartholomew, a gardener with an illustrious career spanning over 18 years, is our go-to expert for Patio, Lawn, and Garden. He obtained his BA in Horticulture and has become an author on sustainable gardening practices. Joining our website, he has been a driving force in promoting eco-friendly and efficient gardening techniques. His prior experience includes managing a public botanical garden and hosting garden design workshops. His hobbies revolve around his love for plants, with a particular interest in cultivating rare orchids and bonsai.

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