Frequently Asked Questions About the Adjust-A-Gate Gate Kits for Wood,
Vinyl, and Composite Lumber Gates:
saw the Adjust
A Gate on your website. I am
building a wood fence that requires a large gate opening (approx 16' wide)
to accommodate a large boat. The double swing Adjust-A-Gate seems as if it
may work for my application but it says that it opens in only. Do you have
anything or can you suggest? Anything that swings out? I may need to build
the gate out of wood with external hinges, but I wanted to ask the experts.
Thank you in advance.
adjust-a-gate kits come equipped with a standard hardware package that we do
not alter and cannot substitute for, however there are options for solving
your dilemma. The gate kit will arrive with a pair of male lag
screw gate hinges (approx.
4'' long) that screw into a wood post and female strap hinge that fits the
square steel upright of the gate frame. The kit also arrives with a simple gravity
latch and double kits will
include a drop rod. Typically the gate kits are installed so that the male
lag screws screw into the wood post on the inside of the gate opening. In
other words the male hinge points towards the other gate post, be it another
hinge post in the case of a double gate or a latch post in the case of a
single gate. This may allow the gate to only open in one direction,
typically inwards. Opening the gate outward becomes impossible because the
pickets on the wood gate bind with the pickets of the fence section.
Included in Kit:
Male Lag Screw Hinge
For Wood Gates
Included in Kit:
Female Strap Hinge
For Steel Frame Gates
Included in Kit:
Installed Male & Female Hinges
For Wood Gate
Included in Kit:
Zinc-Coated Gravity Latch, Padlockable
There are a
couple remedies for this. One, unscrew the male lag screw so that the space
allowance for the hinges are increased and allows the gate to open in both
directions without binding on the adjacent fence panel. You may need a longer
male lag screw or a J-bolt
male hinge to accomplish this
depending on how thick your pickets and panel are. Longer male lag screws
and J-bolt male hinges may be found in our chain link parts catalog here are
are compatible with the female hinge that attaches to the gate.
option is change the position of where the standard male lag screw is
installed. It could be screwed into another side of the hinge post. Consider
mounting the male lag screw into the face of the post or the inside of the
post. Either change will affect how the gate opens and in which direction.
Keep in mind this may put your gate out of alignment, or no longer flush
with the permanent fence sections by a few inches.
either of the above options won't work, consider other hardware
alternatives. Nearly any type of hinge designed for wood gates will work and
we feature a multitude of different sizes and shapes online in our wood gate
hardware catalog found here.
A pair of strap hinges or tee hinges may be used instead of the standard
hardware. These wood gate hinges simply mount to the face of the gate and
face of the adjacent wood fence panel and would allow the gate to open
'out'. Most of our hinge sets are sold by the pair and include lag screws
for mounting into wood. You may use these and mount the hinges to the wooden
2x4 used in the Adjust-a-Gate kit and to the 2x4s or 4x4 wood adjacent post.
You may also wish to consider using thru-bolts and nuts to install these
type hinges instead of the lag screws typically supplied for larger, heavier
have a round steel galvanized chain link style post, or would like to use
one instead of a wood 4x4 post. Can I still use this Adjust-a-Gate kit for
you may, however you may need additional hardware. Standard gate hardware is
supplied with this kit as shown above and in the installation manual found here.
The gate hinge which is supplied is a male lag screw as shown above. This
hinge is designed specifically for a wood post which may be a 4x4, 4x6, or
6x6. You cannot drill a hole a drive this screw into a steel post. Instead,
you may use a standard chain link style male
hinge, or a J-Bolt style
is the difference between the 3-rail steel gate kits and the 2-rail steel
difference between the 2-rail kits and the 3-rail kits is the height of
steel verticals in the gate kit and the quantity of horizontal rail
brackets. The 2-rail gate kits are 45" high and ideal for building a gate 4'
high which typically has only two horizontal rails. The 3-rail gate kits are
60" high and are ideal for a 5' high gate or taller which normally has three
horizontal rails. Heights of steel gate kits cannot be modified. There are
steel mounting tabs which accept the wood 2 x 4 (2 x 4 not included)
preinstalled for horizontal rails which will hold the pickets. See pictures
I add a motorized gate opener such as the GTO
PRO2000XL to your
you for writing. Our Adjust-a-Gate kits consist of an adjustable steel frame
and hardware suitable to construct a steel frame for a wood gate. You may
add nearly any of our gate openers for an automated gate application. The GTO brand
of gate openers is ideal for residential and light commercial automated gate
applications. Choose the gate opener model based on the weight and size of
the gate(s) you wish to automate. The GTO
PRO2000XL gate opener is
suitable for gates up to 12’ wide and weighing 400 pounds. Consider other
models of GTO gate openers if your gate exceeds these limits such as the GTO
PRO3000XL or GTO
PRO4000XL single gate
There are a
few things to keep in mind when adding a GTO gate opener to any wood gate,
even one made with our Adjust-A-Gate adjustable steel gate frames for wood
You will want
to attach the gate operator mounting points preferably to steel mounting
points, both on the gate and gate post. Wood has a tendency to become soft
in time and the ‘pushing’ and ‘pulling’ of the gate operator can cause
mounting bolts and screws to become loose. If this is impractical and you
are forced to mount the gate operator to a wood surface, both part of the
gate and gate hinge post, do so with larger metal washers or plates on both
sides. Use bolts to attach all items which extend clear through the wood and
‘sandwich’ the gate and gate post to help prevent the bolts from ‘pulling’
You may wish
to add a piece of steel or wood mid rail if using one of our shorter
Adjust-A-Gate single gate kits such as model numbers AG-36 or AG-60. These
two models have steel frames for wood gates approximately 45” high, making
them ideal for wood gate projects 4’ and 5’ high. In general, wood fence
pickets may extend up above and down below the top and bottom rails by no
more than 6-9”. If you extend pickets beyond these general limits, they may
have a tendency to warp prematurely. Adding an extra backer board can keep
fence pickets straight. Our adjustable gates frame for taller wood gates,
such as models AG-36-3 and AG-60-3 both have steel tabs for attaching a mid
rail. These models have a steel frame measuring approximately 60” high and
are ideal for wood gates 5’ high and taller. It is ideal, but not necessary,
that the gate operator be mounted roughly at mid height on the gate and gate
post for equal weight distribution.
you leave a space between pickets which will allow wind to flow through the
gate. Solid privacy gates can be subject to more wind than picket or
semi-privacy gates. Even a small space left between pickets can relieve
stress on the gate(s), gate operator(s), and hardware.
You will also
want to consider replacing any screws provided with the Adjust-A-Gate steel
gate kits with bolts and washers. Bolts are generally stronger and will
outperform screws in most applications. You will want to reinforce your gate
to make it as strong and rigid as possible for automating.
consider adding a GTO electric lock to your gate project, such as the FM144 or FM142 for
the latch side(s). This will help relieve stress on the gate operator arms
and help provide for a more secure gate.
Adding a gate
opener to any gate will prove to be a extremely convenient, secure, and
worthwhile investment in your property. Please review our extensive GTO
gate opener accessories for
automated gate entry, exit,
devices compatible with your
forward to working with you.
would like to use a round chain link style post as a hinge post, what size
do you recommend?
A5.) The correct
size steel post will of course depend on the height, width, and approximate
weight of the gate. In general, a 2-1/2"
O.D. (2-3/8" actual) SS40
post will accomodate most gate sizes. When possibly, avoid "free-standing"
gate posts which do not have anything attached to them; a fence post with
either a stretch of chain link of a panel attached to it will gain
additional structural support. A 3"
O.D. (2-7/8" actual) is a
better choice for larger wood gates. If you are stretching the limits of one
of our Adjust-a-gate kits, a 4"
O.D. post should be used.
I use a round post for my Adjust-a-Gate Kit, how do I attach my adjacent
wood fence panel to it?
Fence Co. carries a few styles of wood to steel fence post adapters as
follows. Please read our fence
memo on this subject here.
you offer any Adjust-A-Gate kits for vinyl styles of fence?
A7.) Yes, Hoover
Fence offers Adjust-a-Gate Kits for vinyl
privacy fence gates and
agricultural style post
and rail vinyl gates.
you offer an Adjust-A-Gate kit for composite board fencing?
is likely most will work for composite fencing as well. However the model
AG-36-3B was specifically developed for use with composite lumber. The frame
of this kit is 1-1/4" instead of 1-1/2" like the standard gate kits,
features a J-Bolt hinge, instead of a lag screw, is black in color, and
still has frames that accept a 2x4 (1-1/2" actual) horizontal rails. View of
picture here and AG-36-3B pricing
you offer non-adjustable fixed width gate frames?
A9.) Yes, Hoover
Fence can fabricate nearly any type of gate frame or complete gate by
request. We offer custom gate frames fabrciated with welded frames for swing
and slide gates. these are commonly made of galvanized square or round
tubing. We also offer the posts, gate hinges, latches, gate openers and
recently purchased a 3-rail Double Adjust-A-Gate Kit w/Drop Rod, 36-60"
size post hole and concrete footer size do I need for the hinging and
latching posts for the Adjust-A-Gate adjustable steel framed gate kit?
A10.) This all
depends on the size of gate and location for the installation of the gate
kit. The height of the wood gate, width of the wood gate, and thickness of wood
fence componentsused will all affect the weight of your wood gate. We
prefer to use western red cedar fencing components as they have excellent
weathering properties and are light weight and easy to work with. You may
order a wood gate kit, 2x4 backrails, and only the amount of pickets you
will need directly from our website. Treated lumber is also a popular choice
for wood fences and gates, however weigh more per picket, rail, and post
than the western red cedar counterparts. Your geographic region will also
affect the depth and diameter of post holes used for a gate post, be it your
hinge or latch post. Check your local building practices for proper depth to
dig your post holes; normally the depth of a post hole will coincide and be
based on your region's frost depth. Dig post holes to a depth below your
local frost line. In general, post holes should be dug 30-36" deep and be
10-12" in diameter. Larger, heavier gates should have gate posts set 36-42"
deep and 12-18" diameter. Another basic rule of thumb often used when
installing fence and gate posts is to bury 1/3 of a post in the ground and
dig the post hole diameter to three times the diameter of the post. For
example a 6' high fence using 4x4s as posts should have post holes 2' deep
and 12" in diameter. Be sure to 'bell' your holes which means to dig them
larger in diameter at the bottom than at top. 'Carrot-shaped' holes, holes
which are larger in diameter at top than at bottom can have a tendency to
heave. Another good fencer's tip is to leave your concrete level down a few
inches from grade, or the surface. This also helps to prevent gate and fence
posts from heaving.
holes deeper and larger in diameter if you encounter poor footing soil such
as sand, or are digging in a wet location.