How to Build a Gate with Wheels
Attaching a wheeled gate to a fence is an excellent way to enable yourself to easily move a larger or heavier gate. This is particularly useful for gates that span an entire driveway or other large space. These gates can be built from a variety of materials, and the wheels on the bottom of the gate take strain off the hinges, making heavier materials more practical with less work necessary for the person opening the gate. This project requires only basic materials and experience to complete.
Measure the distance the gate needs to span and subtract 1/2 an inch to allow for movement. Cut 1-1/2-inch-thick gate boards to fit the width of the gate. Stack as many as necessary next to each other to reach the desired gate height. Be sure to allow adequate clearance at the bottom of the gate for the wheels.
Cut 1/2-inch-thick support boards to the height of the gate or slightly shorter. Evenly space two of them on top of and perpendicular to the gate boards, with their largest surfaces touching. Drill two holes through each support board and into each gate board, then screw them together with 1-1/2-inch galvanized wood screws. Flip the gate over and attach two more support boards in the same fashion.
Drill three evenly spaced holes in the bottom edge of the gate, slightly smaller than the diameter of the attachment screw on three all-weather wheels. Screw the wheels firmly into the holes.
Position the assembled gate in its area with the help of an assistant. Line up three hinges evenly between the gate and the attachment point. Mark the positions of the hinge holes in both the gate and the attachment surface. Remove the gate and drill out each marked spot, using a masonry drill bit if drilling into a masonry wall. Attach the hinges to the gate with 1-1/2-inch galvanized wood screws. Secure the hinges to the attachment surface with 3-inch galvanized wood screws.
Swing the gate and determine the best place for the latch. Mark the screw holes for the latch and drill them in both the gate and the attachment surface. Attach the latch to the gate with 1-1/2-inch galvanized wood screws. Secure the latch to the attachment surface with 3-inch galvanized wood screws.
Things You Will Need
- Tape measure
- 1-1/2-inch-thick wood gate boards
- 4, 1/2-inch-thick wood support boards
- Drill bits
- 1-1/2-inch galvanized wood screws
- 3 all-weather hinges
- 3-inch galvanized wood screws
- All-weather latch
- Outdoor heavy-duty wheels or castors
- Some wheels attach with multiple screws through screw holes. Install these wheels by positioning them on the bottom edge of the gate, drilling out each hole, then attaching them with 1-inch galvanized wood screws.