How to Install a Garden/ Side Gate

Fitting a metal garden or side gate is easier than you may think and most inexperienced DIYers are capable to install the gate themselves. If you have purchased metal posts with the gate, you will be supplied with the posts alongwith the hinge pins and closing latch receiver already fitted. If no posts are required, 2 x hinge plates and closing latch receiver will be supplied (free of charge) for you to connect the gate to the existing pillars/ posts. For information on fitting posts, see "How to Fit Posts".

  • First, clearance is required between the ground level and the bottom edge of the gate. We recommend 25mm (1") but this may need to be increased if the area is sloped.  Place a straight edge (such as a piece of timber) on the ground between the pillars.

  • Attach the threaded bars to the gate frame (there are tow pre drilled holes in the frame). Then place the gate onto the timber.
  • Connect the threaded bars to the hinge plates are mark the position of the holes on the pillar/ post. When marking the lower plate, ensure the gate is plumb by using a spirit level.
  • Remove gate and drill holes using a hammer drill. Insert the wall plugs so that they are flush with the surface and screw the hinge plates in position.
  • Lift the gate onto the hinge pins and adjust the width/ level using the two nuts on each threaded bar.
  • On the opposite side of gate, there will be a pre attached latch. Mark the position of this on the pillar/ post and fix closing receiver to the pillar using wall plugs and screws.
  • Test opening and closing of gate and adjust if needed.

Tools Required:

  • Spirit Level
  • Hammer
  • Hammer Drill
  • Scewdriver
  • Drill bit