It is unimaginable to have a garden space that is bordering the world outside but does not have a gate. Whether it’s made from traditional timber or is a composite garden gate, it’s is one of the many entrances to your home. The gate steps up the security measures you take to protect both your home and garden. It also spruces up the entire garden area by providing an artistic allure and a pleasant view.
Considering how essential a garden gate is, most DIY enthusiasts undertake the installation process on their own. The installation process may be as a result of the construction of a new fence that has a gate space. You may also be making a replacement to a worn-out gate or just a change to a better gate design. Ensure that you take down the correct measurements of the gate space to ensure the gate will fit as required. A tape measure that will help you take the correct gate measurements is crucial too. Before starting on the process of installing the gate, decide on which way the gate should open. Most people prefer installing their gates in a way that they open into the garden space. The gate should open and close effortlessly. Typically, this process could take up to an hour and a half. This article guides you on the installation process.
• Tape measure
• Screws, Hinges and Screwdriver
• Plumb line
• Gate Latch
The Installation Process
1. Prepare gateposts that measure about 110mm square and 610mm longer than the height of your gate. The posts should be thicker and measure about 760mm longer than the actual gate if it is above 1.2m height and width.
2. You must use treated wooden posts, and if you cannot access such, you can paint the posts too. Ensure they are strong enough to allow them to hold the gate in place. If you are replacing the gate, ensure that the posts are still in good shape to hold the gate further. If you are using un-weathered posts, remember to make a 20-degree angle from its top, creating a slant that will let rainwater flow.
3. After settling on the way you prefer your gate to open, lay it on the flat ground facing down. The height of the posts should be 50mm higher than the top of the gate. Place the gate in the opening and make sure to leave a 5mm-10mm gap on both sides of the gate. This ensures that it opens and closes quickly and allows for its swelling when it absorbs water during the rainy season.
4. Securing the hinges in the right position is vital during the installation process. Many stores sell their garden side gates inclusive of a set that comprises of galvanised hinges, screws, opening latches and appropriate fittings. Place the hinges in the correct position at the back of the gate. Go ahead to drill the holes after noting the screw position and making sure the holes are not too big. Drill all the holes and using galvanised screws, screw the hinges in place at both the top and bottom of the gate.
5. The two types of latches depend on the size of the gate. For garden gates, people prefer Closed latches. Those with big gates go for Ring Latches. The Closed latch has a two-piece bar that separately attaches to the gate and the post. Position the bar to the gate to come up with the right position. Mark the holes then remove the latch. Drill the holes and go ahead to screw the latch into position. You can add a Brenton Bolt that ensures people cannot open it from the outside. This calls for the need of a Cabin Hook that can pull open the gate when necessary.
6. Make a 25mm ground clearance space between the ground level and the bottom of the gate and place a straight piece of wood beneath the two pillars. You can increase the measurements if the ground is sloped. This space allows a build-up of any matter like leaves and stones, to pass beneath easily.
7. It is now time to place and hang your gate in place. Use props made of timber to hold both your gate and props in place. It is advisable to use concrete to hold the posts properly into the ground. To ensure the concrete offers maximum support, let it sit in place for about 48 hours. After this, remove the timber props and enjoy the success of your DIY project!