Decorative Driveway Gate
IMPORTANT: Before digging holes for your installation, be sure to contact the appropriate utility companies and request that they mark the locations of all eletric, cable TV, pipes, gas lines, etc. This will insure your safety and prevent you from damaging any of these utility lines.
CALL 811 BEFORE YOU DIG.
Parts List Gate Panel(s)
Adjustable Gate Hanger Touch Up Paint Pen (1) Gate Posts (2)
Single Gate (2)
Dual Gates (4)
5/8″ BALL 1-1/2″ Bolts Washers
(2x for single) Single Gate (8) Single Gate (8)
(4x for dual) Dual Gates (16) Dual Gate (16)
Level Concrete Mixer (recommended) Post Hole Digger
Mallet Water Bucket Spray Paint for marking
Tape Measure (25′) Quick Set Concrete (400 lb. per post) String Line
Shovel Wrenches Grease Gun
Line Level Wheelbarrow Extra Person for Help
Square Stakes (6)
Determining Position for Gate Post Installation
Be sure to allow 4″ clearance from the bottom of the gate to the highest point on driveway or curb.
Setting Stakes and Level Lines ( Overhead View)
Set a level string line for center-to-center of posts measurements:
Dimension “B” on Installation Manual Cover (gate specs)
If ground is not level shim rebar with wooden wedges and blocks supplied to level across drive.
|ITEM NO.||PART NUMBER||DESCRIPTION||QTY.|
|1||GB-DBC016||DUAL BELL CURVE OVAL 16′||2|
|3||GB-AGH||ADJUSTABLE GATE HANGER||4|
|4||GB-REBAR||1/2″ ROUND BAR||2|
Setting the Posts
- Dig the holes approximately 12″ wide, 18″ long (the elongated side should run parallel to the driveway). Do not perfectly round to help prevent posts from twisting over time. Depth of the hole will depend on whether the ground is level or sloped. If the ground flat, holes should be approximately 30″ deep.
- Mix the concrete according to the instructions on the concrete bag. A stiff mix is necessary for post to stand by itself while concrete sets. If mix is too liquid, posts will need to be held in place until the concrete sets.
- Start with a base of concrete approximately 5-6 inches deep before putting the post in the hole.
- Next, place the post in the hole that is on the highest side of the driveway (if sloped). The level indicator on the post must be aligned with the string line (at least 4 inches above ground). Before concrete is addedtie posts off with stakes and string to keep plumb in vertical.
- Fill the remainder of the hole by alternating the concrete around the four sides of the post so it stays centered. Double check measurements to ensure no movement. Double check all measurements before concrete is added.
- Leave a gap (approximately 5″) between the ground level and concrete. After the concrete dries you can fill the rest in with dirt so that grass can grow over the concrete.
- Repeat Steps 3-6 for the second post.
(A) Check to be sure that the posts are plumb by checking each side with a standard level.
(B) Use a measuring tape to insure that the space between the insides of posts is equal to “Dimension B” on the Cover Sheet of the installation manual.
(C) Insure that the level indicators for each post align with the string line.
(D) Make adjustments as necessary.
Attaching the Hinge Plates and Hanging the Gate
Your post will arrive with hinge plate and hanger attached to posts.
Important: Allow concrete to set for 24 hours before starting next step!
- Secure the hinge plates to the gate post with the bolts, washers, and nuts. Tighten nuts by hand.
- Secure bottom hinge bolts to the gate with the washers and nuts included. Tighten nuts by hand.
TIP: A slightly loose hinge bolt provides ease and flexibilty when dropping the hinge bolt into the hinge barrel. Do the top hinge bolts as you set the gate in place.
- Make sure ball bearings are inserted into all hinge barrels.
- Lower the gate hinge bolts into the hinge barrells. Make sure the hinge bolts fit all the way into the hinge barrels.
- Adjust gate level by tightening and the hinge bolt nuts.
- Check to be sure your gate is level before tightening all nuts with a wrench. If installing a dual gate, be sure that both gate panels are level with one another.
- Tigten ALL nuts with a wrench.
Maintenance and Troubleshooting
- If your gate in not level: Adjust the hinge bolts to lift or lower the top or bottom of the gate panel.
- If minor rust develops: Use black touch up paint.
- If your gate is squeaking: Lubricate hinge. For maintenance lubricate grease fittings once per year.
IMPORTANT: Lubricate gate hinges once a year for smooth operation. Using a grease gun, place nozzle over the gate hinge grease fitting and squeeze the gun handle to insert the grease into the hinge barrel.