Step 2: Access + Driveway Gates and Posts Installation


Access Gate Installation

TOP SPREADER BAR ACCESS GATE: Location for gate needs to be mostly level.

REMOVABLE TOP CABLE ACCESS GATE: Location for gate can be non-level or level. This is the recommended access gate for non-level ground.


HINGED GATEPOST INSTALLATION

Pilot Post Hole: Start a pilot hole for each post using a San Angelo (round pointed) digging bar.

*Instructions for Use of dry pack cement (Quick-crete), not necessary

TECHNIQUE 1: Around your pilot hole, dig out a post-hole digger size hole of approximately one foot deep. Install reverse sleeve following instruction below. Once sleeve is installed, fill and pack hole with dry cement. Use the top end of a San Angelo digging bar or the bottom end of a sledgehammer handle to pack cement.

TECHNIQUE 2: Install the reverse sleeve following instruction below. Once sleeve is installed, dig an area of soil out around the sleeve. Fill and pack hole with the cement. Use the top end of a San Angelo digging bar or the bottom end of a sledgehammer handle to pack cement.


INSTALL REVERSE SLEEVE

  • Use the post driver to install your reverse sleeve approximately 3 feet into the ground. Post needs to be perfectly level. If there is any movement in the reverse sleeve, brace the sleeve with a brace block.

BRACE BLOCK: A 5-inch piece of a 4x4 piece of wood cut on a 45-degree angle at one end.

  • Brace block needs to be placed on the side of the sleeve where gate will predominately be opening towards. Use a sledgehammer to pound brace block level with ground. Be careful not to push post off of level.

BOTTOM BRACE BAND INSTALLATION FOR HINGED GATEPOST

  • Slide 1 3/8” brace band on to the reverse sleeve.

  • Tighten eyebolt nut.

  • The eyebolt needs to face down the fence line.


INSTALL POST AND HINGES

  • Slide the gatepost onto the reverse sleeve.
  • Slide 1- 1 5/8 inch male gate hinge onto gatepost and let slip to the bottom.
  • Anchor Post: Anchor post to reverse sleeve to prevent the post from lifting up when tension is applied as well as prevents shifting when operating gate. Approximately one foot up the post use the 11/64 inch drill bit (18V drill recommended) to pilot out a hole through the post and reverse sleeve. Fasten with a self sealing screw (use a drill/driver with a hex drive).
  • Slide 1 5/8 inch collar and eyebolt onto the gatepost. Tighten at approximately 3 inches above the height that the metal fence will be. The eyebolt needs to face down the fence line, away from gate.
  • Slide the other 1 5/8 inch male hinge onto the gatepost. Fasten the first male hinge facing in (where the gate will be in the closed position) at approximately 8 inches off ground.
  • Fasten the top male hinge approximately 6 feet up the gatepost, facing in and inline with the bottom gate hinge.

INSTALL BRACE BANDS, BRACE CUP AND BRACE PIPE

  • Slide the 1 5/8 inch brace band with 1 3/8 inch brace cup and hardware onto the gatepost. Approximately 5 inches from top of post, semi-firmly tighten brace band. Brace cup needs to face down the fence line.
  • Insert the 1 3/8” brace pipe into brace cup.
  • The brace pipe needs to rest at approximately 45-degree angle to the ground by the next line post location.
  • Pilot the posthole for the next post approximately 2 inches away from where the brace pipe rests on the ground. Keep the gatepost in a level position.
  • Insert the reverse sleeve into the pilot hole and drive it about 3 feet into the ground in a level position.
  • Slide the 1 3/8 inch brace band onto the reverse sleeve. Keep the eyebolt facing in and the brace cup facing the brace pipe. Slide brace band to ground.
  • Insert the brace pipe into the brace cup and begin to tighten. Keep the eyebolt vertical and check for levelness of gatepost. Check post for levelness after tightening. Use 9-inch magnetic level.
  • Slide line post onto reverse sleeve. Install collar with eyebolt and post cap. 
  • If tension/angle adjustment is required: use the up and down play of the 1 5/8 inch brace band at the top of gatepost.

·       UP: Moves the post towards the next line post.

·       DOWN: Moves the post away from the next line post.


BUILD GATE FRAME

  • Assemble gate frame.
  • Before completely tightening screws, measure diagonally from corner to corner– and opposite corner to corner of gate frame; measurements need to be equal.
  • Install female hinges before mounting.

MOUNT GATE FRAME

  • Hold gate frame in a level position so the female hinges are on the same side as male hinges. Slide female hinges onto male hinges. Keep gate approximately 3-4 inches off the ground– rest gate frame on a piece of wood or rock.
  • Keep the gate frame level, tighten female hinges.
  • At this point it is important to keep gate closed and on leveling block or rock. Do not swing gate until tension is added to mounting post.
  • Position latch just above middle section of gate and tighten. Keep latch in the closed position, facing straight down the fence line away from gate. When using two latches, position latches about one foot apart.

INSTALL LATCH GATEPOST

  • With gate closed and level, use the san angelo digging bar to determine latch post location. Slide digging bar through gate latch vertically to mark spot. Make sure digging bar is located in the center of the latch, error on the side towards gate.
  • Pilot hole and install reverse sleeve. Slide a 1 3/8” brace band onto the reverse sleeve. Keep eyebolt facing down the fence line and tighten.
  • Slide latch gatepost onto the reverse sleeve. Check for levelness and that the gate latch fits.

ANCHOR POST: Anchor post to reverse sleeve to prevent the post from lifting up when tension is applied as well to prevent shifting when operating gate.

  • Approximately one foot up the post use the 11/64 inch drill bit (18V drill recommended) to pilot out a hole through the post and reverse sleeve.
  • Fasten with a self sealing screw (use a drill/driver with a hex drive).

GATES WITH REMOVABLE TOP CABLE (no spreader bar)

  • Install line post and brace pipe off of latch gatepost. (Follow instructions above: INSTALL BRACE BANDS, BRACE CUP AND BRACE PIPE)
  • Install post caps on both gateposts. Cement or self-sealing screws is recommended.

SELF-SEALING SCREW INSTALLATION: Pilot a hole through cap before sliding cap onto post. Slide cap onto post. Pilot hole through cap pilot hole and post. Fasten cap to post with self-sealing screw.

  • Follow provided instructions for installing cable and turn buckle. Do not over tighten top cable. Over-tightening will cause posts to pull in and brace pipes to dislodge.

BUILD GATE DOORWAY USING TOP SPREADER BAR

  • Keep gate-leveling block in place until the top fence cables have been installed and tightened.
  • Slide 1–1 5/8 inch gate corner onto the spreader bar. Keep gate corner in the middle of spreader bar.
  • (Small stepladder is recommended for next step)
  • Slide the gate corner onto the gatepost. Keep the gate corner in the middle of the spreader bar. (This will keep gatepost level)
  • Pull the top spreader bar out until is flush with the second gate post end.
  • Slide the other gate corner onto the top of latching gatepost. Hold gate corner in place.
  • Keep spreader bar length even with both ends of gate corner. Make sure it isn’t sticking out on either end.
  • Check levelness of top spreader bar and gateposts.
  • In the provided holes in the gate corners, drill pilot holes into the gateposts.
  • Install and tighten self-sealing screws into gatepost. Repeat process on other side of gate corners.
  • Recheck levelness of top spreader bar and gateposts.
  • While holding top spreader bar in place, drill pilot holes through provided holes in gate corners into spreader bar.
  • Install and tighten self-sealing screws into spreader bar.

PROFESSIONAL DEER FENCE TIP Keep leveling block in place until line posts, cables and fence are installed.


Driveway Gate Installation

  • Locate the hinged post location– use a tape measure to make sure there is at least one foot on both sides of driveway. Keep in mind the width of gate being installed.

HINGED GATEPOST INSTALLATION

  • Dig the hinged gatepost hole twice the width of a normal post hole digger, approximately 3 feet deep. Keep the width consistent throughout the entire hole. Use a digging bar if needed.

  • Using a digging bar, soften the soil at the bottom of the hole. Put one end of the 2 3/8 inch reverse sleeve into the hole. Position sleeve so that 3 setting screws are at the top and facing gate side. Keep the sleeve in the middle of the hole.

  • Hold the sleeve in place and keep level. Fill hole approximately 1/3 full with dirt. Use the back end of a sledgehammer handle or digging bar to pack the dirt around the sleeve. Use a sledgehammer to drive sleeve a few inches into ground until snug.

  • Use magnetic level to check sleeve for levelness. Start adding dry Quickcrete into hole. Fill and pack until 3-4 inches short of ground level.
  • Check sleeve for levelness. Drive sleeve into ground with a few sledge hammer hits and repack quickcrete. Check sleeve again for levelness.
  • Slide gatepost onto sleeve. Use stepladder if needed. Post should be about 6 inches below ground level. Check the height of gatepost to make sure it is the required height. (If not, adjust at the bottom by adding or removing concrete). Fill and pack hole with quickcrete to ground level. Check post for levelness. (Keep in mind on which way the gate is swinging. For best results, angle the gatepost slightly off level away from the weight of the gate in its open position.)
  • Slide one 2 ½ inch male gate hinge onto gatepost and let it slip to the bottom.

SECURE GATEPOST TO SLEEVE

  • Pilot two 11/64 inch holes through post and sleeve in the following locations:
  • On the fence line side of gatepost, opposite of sleeve setting screws– first hole at 6 inches from ground, second hole at 18 inches from ground.
  • Fasten post to sleeve with self-tapping metal screws.

INSTALL BRACE BANDS, BRACE CUP AND BRACE PIPE

  • Slide 2 ½ inch collar with eye bolt onto the post and fasten a few inches above the height that the bottom metal fence will be. Eyebolt needs to face down the fence line.
  • Slide the other male gate hinge onto gatepost. Locate hinge approximately 1 foot below planned location of gate and fasten. Hinge needs to face the driveway.
  • Slide 2 ½ inch brace band with brace cup and eyebolt onto post and secure. Keep the brace band about 3 inches below the top of gatepost. Brace cup needs to face towards the next post on the fence line.
  • Slide 1 5/8 inch brace pipe into brace cup. Let pipe fall down to the ground on a 45 degree angle towards the planned location of next post in the fence line.
  • Pilot the posthole for the next post approximately 2 inches away from where the brace pipe rests on the ground.
  • Insert the line post reverse sleeve into the pilot hole and drive it about 3 feet into the ground in a level position.
  • Slide the 1 3/8 inch brace band with 1 5/8 inch brace cup onto the reverse sleeve. Keep the eyebolt facing in and the brace cup facing the brace pipe. Slide brace band to ground.
  • Insert bottom of brace pipe into brace cup and begin to tighten. Keep the eyebolt vertical and check for levelness of the gatepost. If adjustment is needed, slide the 2 ½ inch brace band with brace cup up or down the gate post. (keep in mind the weight of the driveway gate will offset the pull from the top cable and fence which will run off of the gatepost.)\
  • Slide line post onto reverse sleeve. Install collar with eyebolt and post cap. 

APPLY TENSION TO HINGING GATEPOST

MATERIALS NEEDED: 20 feet of 11 gauge nylon cable, 1 medium gripple

  • String cable through eyebolt at the top of gatepost diagonally down through eyebolt at the bottom of next line post. Pull cable back to eyebolt at the top of the gatepost. Fasten and tighten by stringing cable through medium gripple.

BUILD GATE FRAME 

  • Assemble the gate frame.
  • Do not completely tighten the diagonal gate cables until the gate is mounted.
  • Install female hinges before mounting.

MOUNT GATE FRAME

  • Bring the gate frame over to gatepost. Have a wood block or rock to place the gate frame on when mounting. Place wood block about a 1 foot past the center of the gate frame towards the latching post location.
  • Place gate frame onto leveling block. This will allow for easy adjustment when mounting the gate frame.
  • Determine the location of the bottom male gate hinge. This needs to be at least 4 inches above gate corner. The hinge needs to face towards the gate and be in line with the top gate hinge. Tighten gate hinge.
  • Mount the gate frame onto the gate post by sliding the female hinges onto male hinges. Tightening the female hinges using a 9/16 inch deep socket. Allow for snow clearance at the bottom and check for other obstacles which may effect the gate when opening.
  • Check to see that the gate stays level by removing the leveling block. As a reminder, there needs to be tension coming off of the opposite topside of the gatepost to offset the weight of the gate frame.
  • Finish tightening the tensioning cable(s). Be sure not to over tighten. Tighten just enough to hold the gate in a level position.  
  • Install the gate latch(es) to the latching side of the gate frame just above (and below) the middle gate section.

INSTALL LATCH GATEPOST

  • Keep the gate in its closed position to locate the latching gatepost hole. Use the San Angelo digging bar to mark the middle of the hole. The bar should fit level inside of the latch and or latches in their closed position. Keep in mind the post when determining this location.
  • Repeat the digging and reverse sleeve process that was used on the hinging gatepost.
  • Put the reverse sleeve into the hole. Locate the sleeve so that the post will fit into the gate latch(es). Keep the sleeve in a level position and see if the bottom latch fits over the sleeve. If the latch is not low enough, lower it down to check the fit.
  •  Finish installing the reverse sleeve in the same manner as before. Be sure to use enough cement.
  • Slide the gatepost onto the sleeve. Check latch fit. Repeat all steps from the first gatepost installation. Be sure to brace post as well as secure it to the sleeve with a self-sealing screw.
  • Check levelness on both posts and gate frame (adjust if needed).
  • Install gatepost caps. Slowly pour 1 gallon of water in both postholes.
  • Allow cement to setup for 24 hours. Fence and cable may now be run off of both posts.


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