How to Install a Fence Gate
Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner install a new gate to fence in her pet dog
- Drive the post hole digger into the ground, separate the handles, and set aside any soil the digger collects. Do this until you have two holes each about 30” deep.
- If objects like a brick or rock are encountered that the post hole digger can’t remove, an iron digging bar can help loosen the object.
- When the hole is close to the desired depth, the round end of the digging bar can be used to compact the soil in the hole to its final level.
- Use the level to ensure the post is plumb in both directions.
- Fill the hole with a few inches of soil to hold the post plumb. Use the round end of the digging bar to compact that soil.
- Mix the concrete in the wheelbarrow with a little bit of water. Ensure the water is spread evenly throughout the mix, but don’t let the mix get too wet.
- Fill around the post evenly with concrete until the concrete is 3” below grade. A piece of scrap wood can be used to compact the concrete and remove air bubbles.
- When setting the second post, use a board and the level to ensure both post heights are the same.
- Once the post is plumb, use a scrap board the width of the finished gate as a spacer to keep the correct distance between both posts.
- Predrill and then attach the hinges to the gate sections.
- Predrill and attach the hinges to the posts using lag screws.
- Attach locking hardware and drop rod to the gate.
For a custom opening like this, a fence contractor could fabricate a custom gate to fit your opening.
Expert assistance with this project was provided by Pro Fence Company.