Driveway Gates Installation
Some Tips for Driveway Gate Installation DIY
Driveway gate installation is not something you would normally think of as a DIY project, however, there are people who have done it in the past with success. And so there is no reason why you can’t do it yourself. Below you will find some tips for doing driveway gate installation DIY.
The first step in the right direction is to read the manual thoroughly. Manual means instructions by the manufacturer on how to properly install the gate. If you find it difficult to follow the manual, you can always go to YouTube and search for a video that demonstrates how to install the specific brand of gate that you have.
Once you have reviewed all instructional material, survey the area where you will be installing the driveway gate. Take measurements. Your gate should be positioned far enough so the your car is off the road while waiting for the gate to open. Mark the spot where the gate will be with a string pinned to the ground. Make the string long enough to also mark the posts where you will hang your gate.
The next step involves dirty work. Step back from your property and check the ground for any unevenness. Remember that your gate will run parallel to the ground and so any unevenness will be obvious. Level the ground. You might want to watch different how-to tutorials just to make sure you are doing it properly.
Next, measure the distance between the posts so that they match the entire length of the gate. Dig a hold in the ground, nail the posts and pour concrete over the hole. The hold should not be perfect snug circle to allow the posts to move. Once you have properly placed the posts, you can then hang the gate. If you’ve read the manufacturer’s manual thoroughly, this should not be problem.
If you find it difficult to install a driveway gate or you simply don’t have the time to do it, don’t hesitate to call on a professional installer to do the job. Go to websites like Angie’s List or Yelp to find one in your area.
Of course, if you want to be smart about it, you don’t just hire the first person you see on the Internet. You will want to get the names and contact numbers of at least three professional people. Why? So you can get a quote and have someone install your gate at the most reasonable price possible. When getting a quote, though, make sure that you have it written so you won’t be slapped with surprise charges.
All in all, installing a driveway gate is not rocket science, however, it does take capable hands and good pair of eyes to do a good job. If you are missing capable hands or 20/20 vision, make sure to have someone else do the job. As we said, there are professionals that specialize in it so there is nothing to be worried about.