How to Mount a Heavy Iron Gate

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How to Mount a Heavy Iron Gate
A heavy iron gate will provide superior protection and a unique look. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Wrought iron is used to fashion many decorative and functional items, including wrought iron gates. A heavy iron gate will provide superior protection while giving your fence a new look. Add an iron gate to your wooden fence in no time with only a few tools. Installing a heavy iron gate requires the assistance of someone else to prevent injury and ensure proper mounting.

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Things you need

  • Hollow iron post, 4 inches by 4 inches by 6 feet, 5/8-inch thick
  • 4.54kg. sledgehammer
  • Treated boards, 2 inches by 4 inches by 24 inches
  • 12-foot step ladder
  • Caulk gun with 30-year silicone
  • Drill with ¼-inch and 5/8-inch bimetal bits
  • Fine-point marker
  • 6-inch galvanised bolts with 2 washers and a nut each
  • Wrenches
  • 1-point hinged gate latch
  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses

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  1. 1

    Set up your ladder beside your wooden fence post. Climb the ladder and lift the hollow iron post. Slide the iron post over your wooden fence post. Lay a treated board across the top of the iron post. Drive the iron post into the ground with a sledgehammer until it is level with the top of the wooden fence post. Caulk the gap between the iron and wooden fence posts.

  2. 2

    Lay a row of boards along the fence line within the gate opening. Have your assistant help you to stand the iron gate in place on top of the treated boards on the ground. Move the gate to line up the hinges with your fence post.

  3. 3

    Mark a spot on the metal fence post in the location of each retaining hole inside of each hinge. Lay the gate gently on the ground. Drill through each of the marks on the iron fence post with a 1/4-inch bit. Enlarge the holes with your 5/8-inch bit.

  4. 4

    Lift the gate so that it stands on the treated boards. Line up the retaining holes in the hinges with the holes you drilled through the iron fence post. Slide a bolt through a washer, then a hole in a hinge, through a hole in the iron fence post, add a second washer and twist on a nut. Install another bolt assembly through each set of holes. Tighten the nuts on each bolt assembly with your wrenches.

  5. 5

    Grasp the end of the gate and lift it to remove the pressure on the treated boards. Have your assistant remove the treated boards from under the gate. Drill and attach the one-point latch assembly on the free end of the gate. Lift the latch, close the gate so that it is in line with the wooden gate post and lower the hinged latch to secure your heavy iron gate.

Tips and warnings

  • Work gloves and safety glasses are required when using hand and power tools.

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