How to Install a Chain Link Fence Gate
You will find that a chain link fence gate is a great way for you to get from one yard to the other. It can be hassle to have to get from the front to the back whenever you are mowing or doing any type of yard work without a gate to get in and out of.
- Hack saw
- Tape measure
- Bolt cutters
- Gravel (1 Bag)
- Post hole digger
- Ratchet (3/8”) Sockets (9/16” ½” 5/8”)
- Water (5 Gal)
- 5 gallon bucket
- Multicolor poly cord
- Concrete mix (60 lb)
- Mixing stick
- Terminal post with caps
- Galvanized tension bar (4’)
- Walk gate (42” W x 48” H)
- Die cast rail end (1 3/8”)
- Aluminum fabric tie chain link
- Single walk gate hardware set (2 3/8”)
- Galvanized tension bands with nuts and bolts (2 3/8”)
- Hook Fence Stretcher Bar (36”)
Step 1 – Measure
The first thing that you are going to need to do is get the measurements so that you will know what the width of the gate will need to be. Make sure that you add an additional 4 inches for your hardware. You will need to get the measurements transferred onto your fence’s top rail in the location that the gate will be. This will be the inside measurements. From there, you will need to get your tension band and slip it over one of the posts so that you can measure the width of your bolt hole. Make sure to add these measurements to the inside of the marks. This will widen the space that will need to be cut out.
Step 2 – Cut
Cut directly down from your marks that were made on the top rail with your bolt cutters. Take off this section and make sure to remove any grass. Cut the section of the top rail that was measured with a hack saw. Once you have done this, you will need to get your poly cord and tie it in a straight line between your two fence posts. Make sure it lines up to the gate.
Step 3 – Dig
You are now ready to dig holes for the posts. They should be about 2-feet deep. Pour around 4-inches of gravel into each of the holes to allow for proper drainage. Get your 5-gallon bucket half full of concrete and then add water. You will need to pour it into each hole right before you set the post in. Make sure the post goes all the way to the bottom.
Step 4 – Line Up
Line up each of your posts with your level and poly cord. Fill up the rest of your holes and then top them off with concrete, enough where a dome is formed. Slide tension bands over your posts. Rail ends and top tension bands need to be attached to the top rails. Cut posts with your hacksaw until they are the right height and top them with caps. Install your gate hinges. The lower should be installed first. From there, you can install your gate latch.