Gates provide a means to open and close an area for access to a yard, garden or other fenced area. After several years, a metal or wooden gate may sag from age, accidental bumps or loose hinges. Rocky, dense soils or thick grass under a gate make it hard to open and close. Adding a wheel on a gate allows the wheel to bear the weight, lift the opening side and provide fluid movement for opening and closing on rocky soil.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Swing gate wheel
- 3/8-inch bolt 4 inches long and nut
- 2 pair adjustable pliers
- 3/8-inch drill bit
- Swivel swing gate wheel
Place a 3/8-inch drill bit into a drill.
Slide a wooden swing gate wheel onto the vertical post of the gate on the latch side. Mark the bolt-hole in the post with a marker. Remove the wheel.
Hold the drill at a 90-degree angle to the gate and drill completely through the gate.
Place the wooden swing gate wheel on the gate.
Slide a 3/8-inch diameter bolt that is 4 inches long through the bolt-hole in the wheel.
Place a nut on the protruding end of the bolt. Turn the nut clockwise to tighten on the bolt.
Place one pair of adjustable pliers on the bolt head with one hand and a second pair of adjustable pliers on the nut with the other hand. Hold the bolt head in position and turn the nut to tighten completely.
Slide a swivel swing gate wheel onto the vertical post on the opening side of the gate. The round part of the wheel adaptor slides straight onto the metal gate.
Place the bolt from the metal gate wheel kit through the bolt-hole to protrude on the other side of the wheel adaptor.
Thread the nut onto the bolt and tighten it clockwise until it is hand-tight.
Place a pair of adjustable pliers on the bolt with one hand and a second pair of adjustable pliers on the nut with the other hand. Hold the bolt stationary and turn the nut clockwise to tighten it fully.
Tips and warnings
- Metal gate wheels are available in standard sizes for 1 5/8-inch and 2-inch diameter farm gates and for chain link fence gates. Metal gate wheels include the bolt and nut with the purchase.
- Wooden gate wheels are universal to fit any wooden gate size. This type of wheel does not usually include the bolt and nut with the purchase.
- The wheel on a gate can face either outside or inside on a gate. Most homeowners place the wheel on the inside of the gate so it swings onto the property and does not require room outside of a gate.
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