How to Install a Tube Fence Gate
Tube fence gates are available in several lengths and in three colors. The lengths range from 4 foot long walk-through gates to 20 foot long drive through gates with a standard height of 50 inches. Colors include red, green and galvanized metal, with tube diameters of 1 3/4 inch and 2 inches. Merchants sell the gates including a hardware kit for installation on posts.
Place the gate on wood blocks to hold in place. Make sure the top gate rail is even with the top of the fence. Attach one gate hinge on the vertical part of the gate two inches above the first horizontal tube. Screw the bolt into the hinge so it is hand-tight. Place the second gate hinge on the vertical part of the gate two inches below the bottom horizontal tube. Screw the bolt onto the hinge hand-tight.
Mark the gatepost on the hinge side with a marking pen at the bottom of the hinge level for both top and bottom hinges. Use a drill to drill pilot holes for the hinge pins on the markings. Use a 3/4-inch drill bit for a 2-inch tube gate and a 9/16-inch drill bit for a 1 3/4-inch tube gate. Drill the holes 5 inches deep.
Screw both hinge pins into the holes and tighten by inserting the end into an open-ended wrench to turn. Position the top hinge pin so that it points down and the bottom hinge pin so that it points up. Loosen the top hinge and slide upwards on the gate. Tighten the bottom hinge fully by turning the nut clockwise with pliers.
Place the bottom of the gate on the bottom hinge pin by inserting the hinge pin into the hinge. Slide the top hinge down and place on the top hinge pin. Tighten the top hinge fully with pliers.
Insert the chain into a fencing staple and hammer it into the post on the latching side of the gate. Wrap the chain around the gate and clip the end to it to latch the gate.
- Aluminum tube gates are 3 inches shorter than the length stated on the gate. This allows room for hinges and latches between the gate and the gateposts. Install the gateposts 4 feet apart for a 4-foot gate.
- When drilling holes for hinge pins hold the drill level so that the hinge pins are level and the gate will hang levelly upon installation.
- Make sure that the top hinge pin points down and the bottom hinge points upward for a secure gate. If both pins point upward, the gate can simply be lifted up off the hinges for easy access to the property.
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