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How to Put Wheels on a Gate

Gates provide a means to open and close an area for access to a yard, garden or other fenced area. After several years, a metal or wooden gate may sag from age, accidental bumps or loose hinges. Rocky, dense soils or thick grass under a gate make it hard to open and close. Adding a wheel on a gate allows the wheel to bear the weight, lift the opening side and provide fluid movement for opening and closing on rocky soil.

Wooden Gates

Step 1

Place a 3/8-inch drill bit into a drill.

Step 2

Slide a wooden swing gate wheel onto the vertical post of the gate on the latch side. Mark the bolthole in the post with a marker. Remove the wheel.

Step 3

Hold the drill at a 90-degree angle to the gate and drill completely through the gate.

Step 4

Place the wooden swing gate wheel on the gate.

Step 5

Slide a 3/8-inch diameter bolt that is 4 inches long through the bolthole in the wheel.

Step 6

Place a nut on the protruding end of the bolt. Turn the nut clockwise to tighten on the bolt.

Step 7

Place one pair of adjustable pliers on the bolt head with one hand and a second pair of adjustable pliers on the nut with the other hand. Hold the bolt head in position and turn the nut to tighten completely.

Metal Gates

Step 1

Slide a swivel swing gate wheel onto the vertical post on the opening side of the gate. The round part of the wheel adapter slides straight onto the metal gate.

Step 2

Place the bolt from the metal gate wheel kit through the bolthole to protrude on the other side of the wheel adapter.

Step 3

Thread the nut onto the bolt and tighten it clockwise until it is hand-tight.

Step 4

Place a pair of adjustable pliers on the bolt with one hand and a second pair of adjustable pliers on the nut with the other hand. Hold the bolt stationary and turn the nut clockwise to tighten it fully.