How To Install Folding Security Gates
Folding security gates are a great way to keep an area protected only when it needs to be. These gates stay up to cover the doorway or opening of an area and can easily be opened up to allow others in. Installation on these specific gates can be tricky if you are unaware of the necessary steps and lack the proper tools. However, you will find that a little know how and the right equipment, these gates are not difficult to put up at all.
Step 1 – Measure Area
Get a good measurement of the area that you will need the fence for. Make sure that you have the proper measurements so that you will be able to get the right size gate. A gate that is too small will not be able to properly cover the area where as a gate that is too big will not be able to stretch out as it should.
Step 2 – Prepare Gate
Once you have the gate, you will need to be closed and stand it up against the area where it will soon be mounted. You will need to let it be completely stretched out and make sure that it is stood up properly where it will not fall or be mounted crooked.
Step 3 – Mark Surface
When you have the gate set up against the desired area, you will need to get the surface marked so that you will know where to put the holes. The area that needs to be marked is through the holes that are in the hinge bar. A pen or a pencil will work, just make sure that you can see it completely before you move on to the next step.
Step 4 – Bolts
Depending on the type of material that you will be mounting the gate onto, you will need specific bolts. For instance, if you are working with steel, you will need a bolt that is 5/16 x 1, if you there is wood, then lag bolts that are 5/16 x 2 will be necessary. However, if you are working with concrete or brick, then lag bolts that are 5/16 x 2 will be needed in 3/8 inch holes.
Step 5 – Mount
Once you have the proper bolts, you are ready to drill the correct size holes that will go into the mounting surface. You will need to get the gate mounted by putting the screws in through the hinge bar. Once you have done this, you are ready to stretch out the gate along the opening. The locking bar that is on the other side should be lined up so that the padlock hole matches. Get your pen or pencil back out to mark through the mounting holes. Drill the holes and put in the screws to finish mounting the locking bar and then you are ready to insert a padlock.