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How do I install a cantilever gate?

A cantilever gate should be installed on a level plane so that the gate can roll in both directions without having additional gravitational pull as a result of the weight of the gate.  Slight adjustments can be made to allow for some minor slope, however, too much slope and the gate could prove to be dangerous while rolling down hill.  To install a cantilever gate:

  1. chain-link-sliding-gates-2.gifInstall the two bottom cantilever rollers so that the rollers are toward the inside of the fence while fabric is on the outside.  The rollers should be approximately 1” off the ground.  Place a piece of rail across the two rollers.  Place a level on the rail and adjust the rollers up or down so that the rail is level.  Also, make sure that the rollers are adjusted so that the gate will not slide into the grade as a result of a slope.  Tighten the rollers.
  2. Install the two top cantilever rollers so the rollers will capture the gate once in place.  Hand tighten the rollers. 
  3. Install the gate onto the two bottom rollers.  Stand the gate up.  When in the upright position, slide the two rollers over and onto the gate.  With the gate touching both bottom rollers (balanced in-between the rollers), tighten the two top rollers, leaving a ½” clearance between the rollers and top of gate frame (track or 2.5” pipe).  Tighten the rollers.
  4. Roll the gate forward and backwards through the opening.  If the gate binds, you may have to raise one of the top rollers. 
  5. Adjust the rollers as needed so that you keep the gate as close to the ground as possible, but do not place the rollers below grade or buried.  In the winter, the areas around the rollers will fill with snow and freeze. 
  6. Do not dig a trench for the gate to fully open.  Again, in the winter the snow will freeze the gate in place. 
  7. Fully tighten all rollers upon completing final adjustments.
  8. Install the latch assembly.  If installing a gate operator, use the large “V” receiver that allows the gate to be channeled into the receiver.  If manually operating the gate, use a cantilever locking device so that a padlock may be applied.

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