Installing a Front Door Gate

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In order to add more security to your front door, you may want to add a gate. There are several different types of gates for your front door. You will need to shop around and do some research in order to find the best one for you. You will be able to find a lot of gates that are made out of metal, some from metal-clad wood and others made with decorative wrought iron. You will find that most of these gates can be very heavy and difficult for just one person to handle by themselves.

Step 1 - Read Instructions

Because each gate is different, it is always a good idea for you to be able to get the instructions and read them carefully.

Step 2 - Put Gate in Place

You will need to start by setting the gate up where it will go in front of your door. You will need to line it up correctly to make sure that it is going to fit correctly and that you will be able to get the hinges connected with no problems.

Step 3 - Determine the Hinges

There are several ways that the hinges can be attached from the gate to the door. This will determine the amount of work that will be involved with installing the gate itself. You will need to have your assistant nearby for this task as you will need help lifting one side as you attach the hinges to the door. Be sure that you are aware of what type of experience you will need to install your gate. Some hinges will require welding. If this is the case, you will need to have some welding experience. If you lack this experience, look into other types of gates that require little more than screws and a screwdriver.

Step 4 - Install Frame

Some, but not all, gates will come with a frame. If you have chosen a gate with a frame, you will need to install your frame around the actual gate. This will help to keep your gate in place and adds even more security to your door.

Step 5 - Install Fasteners

One of the last things that you will need to do for your gate is to install the fasteners. The type of fasteners necessary is determined by the gate you have chosen. The most secure type of fasteners will not be visible when the gate is in the closed position. Each type of fastener will install differently.