regular bamboo gate
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These are the standard steps to install our
and door to your new or existing fence.
- Examine both gateposts.
Check the gateposts to make sure they are leveled (perfectly horizontal) and
plumb (perfectly straight vertically). One or both of your gateposts may not
be exactly upright. You can eyeball this, or use a spirit level for greater
- Examine the hinges on the fence gate.
On fence gates, each hinge is typically attached with two sets of lag bolts.
A lag bolt (sometimes called a lag screw) is a steel screw used for wood
projects. It looks like a screw, but the top is flat, thick, and hexagonal.
Note the size of the bolt — 1/4-inch, 1/2-inch and 3/8-inch are common lag
bolt sizes — in case you have to replace one that is rusted or missing.
- Disconnect the bottom hinge first.
Even if the hinge looks perfectly fine, go ahead and disconnect it by
removing the lag bolts with a ratchet or open-ended box wrench.
- Now, tackle the top hinge.
Partially disconnect the hinge by removing only the lower lag bolt.
- Lift and shore up the leaning post.
Set stones, bricks or blocks around the post to prop it up to the desired
upright position. A spirit level will give you an accurate reading. You may
have to dig around the post to reset it or replace a wooden one that has
warped or rotted.
- Reset the top hinge. Once
the post is level, reattach the lower lag bolt on the top hinge. Tighten it
securely with a ratchet or wrench. Use blocks or stones to prop the fence
gate erect or have a helper hold the fence gate steady and straight.
- Next, reset the bottom hinge.
Don’t be surprised if you have to reposition the holes in the post: The old
holes no longer match up due to wear. Rather than lift the fence gate, your
best option is to drill new holes so that the fence gate remains aligned.
Moving the hinge just this small amount will correct the angle and prevent
the fence gate from sagging. Use a drill to make new holes that are slightly
smaller than the screw you’ll use to attach the hinge. For example, use a
3/16-inch drill bit for a 1/4-inch screw.
- Replace the lag bolts on the bottom hinge.
Tighten all the bolts on the top and bottom hinges and either oil the hinges
or spray them with WD-40 or a similar lubricant so the fence gate will swing
freely without creaking. Repeat these steps on the other gatepost if
Heavy or long fence gates (such as a wooden driveway fence
gates) may need additional support to keep them from sagging again. Installing
guy wires — strong metal wiring that attaches fence gates to the tops of their
posts — can help keep them leveled. You may want to check out fence gate wire
kits for this purpose; these usually contain all the parts required in a