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How do I install a single swing gate?

Start with reviewing your plans or proposal; the hinge side of the gate should be illustrated.  If not, contact your salesman to verify what side of the opening the gate will hinge.  After determining what side of the opening the gate will hinge; carefully review that you are not hanging the gate on the wrong side of the opening.  If there is a not only a slope from one side of the opening to the other but a slope perpendicular to the opening; you may discover that the gate will not fully open or close.  If this is the case, discuss with the salesman hinging the gate from the other side. 

Once you are ready to hang the gate, follow these steps.

  1. chain-link-swing-gates-5.gifIf using a bull dog or strap hinge, install the bottom hinge as low to the ground as possible.  Do not tighten.  Further adjustments may be necessary.  Install the post portion of the top hinge approximately one foot from the top of the gate.  Stand the stub at the bottom of the gate into the bottom hinge.  Lean the gate back tight against the post portion of the top hinge and install the strap around the gate frame to the hinge.  Make sure that none of the hinges are supporting the gate off of a tension band.  Over time, the hinge will wear through the band.  Align the top of the gate with the top of the top rail.  Adjust your hinges and tighten.  Install your drop fork.  The drop fork should work freely without encountering the in-ground sleeve as it rises and falls.  Once completely shut /down, there should be about a ½” clearance from the back of the drop fork to the post.
  2. If using a male / female pintel hinge, install the bottom male pintel hinge approximately one foot from the bottom of the gate with the pintel up.  Install the top male pintel hinge approximately one foot down from the top of the gate with pintel down.  This will assure that no one can lift the gate off the hinges.  Install the female hinge so that it fits snug over the pintel. chain-link-swing-gates-6.gif

 

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