If your in need of a new garden gate, wall or fence, here are a few steps which will make it easier to setup and finish without any long term issues. Firstly, set up the entryway and posts first and assemble the fence from them. In case you’re supplanting the old door, ensure you double check your measurements precisely ensuring the correct size you require. It merits taking a measuring tape with you when you purchase your new entryway, as they’re sold in both metric and magnificent sizes and the changes aren’t generally precise. To wrap things up, consider which way you need your entryway to open (most open into a property instead of out).

Apparatuses and materials required


Gateposts for light entryways ought to be around 100mm square and 610mm longer than the door’s stature. For larger gates (more than 1.2m high or wide) the posts ought to be thicker and no less than 760mm longer than the entryway tallness. It’s constantly best to check the maker’s particulars.

You’ll have to treat wooden gateposts with a glue or similar before you introduce them and set them in concrete as post spikes don’t give enough stability required to ensure that the gate structure will be strong enough under stressful circumstances. Where possible, attempt and pick fittings that have been japanned (lacquered) or electrifies to stop them rusting.

Top tip – Adjusting the pivots

With a few pivots, you may locate there’s some development or ‘play’ when you endeavor to screw them to the entryway. This makes them hard to position precisely. If so, you’ll have to modify them after the posts are set. This will be simpler in the event that you fit just two holding screws for every pivot into the post while it’s as yet lying level. It’s best to hold up until you’ve hung your entryway before you fit the hook.

Stage 1

On the off chance that your entryway posts haven’t been weathered, you’ll have to slice the best to an inclination so water can keep running off. Attempt to do this in the first place, utilizing a sliding slant to check a 20 degree point from the highest point of the post.

Stage 2

Proceed with the line square down the substance of the post and saw conveniently along it. At that point paint the cut edge with wood additive. In the event that the wood is untreated, you’ll have to paint the entire post.

Stage 3

When you’ve chosen which way you need your entryway to open, lay it look down on level ground. Place the posts either agree with their tops 50mm higher than the highest point of the door and leave a 5mm hole either side of the entryway so it can open and close unreservedly. Utilize two timber lengths to raise the entryway marginally, so it sits in accordance with the gateposts. You can change this as essential with timber off-cuts or wedges.

Stage 4

Place the pivots into position on the back of the entryway. Stamp the screw positions and bore one pilot gap. Test it by driving in a screw to check the bore isn’t too expansive, at that point bore the rest of the pilot openings.

Stage 5

Next, fasten the pivots put utilising galvanised screws. On the off chance that you think that its dubious to position them precisely on the post, hold up to fit them and the lock until you’ve hung the entryway.

Stage 6

Bore pilot openings for the hook screws, at that point screw the lock into put. Remember to permit a 5mm hole amongst door and post while doing this.

Stage 7

Support the door and posts with three lengths of timber to ensure the development is strong. Utilise the propped entryway to stamp the position of the post openings.

Stage 8

Utilize a spade or post-gap borer to burrow your post openings around a spade and a half wide and sufficiently profound to leave a 50mm leeway hole underneath the door so it can open unreservedly.

You can check this is sufficient by laying a soul level on the ground where the entryway will open and level the ground on the off chance that you have to. In delicate ground you’ll have to burrow a trench between the post gaps around 300mm wide and 200mm profound and fill it in with concrete.

This will help prevent the posts from being pulled inwards by the heaviness of the door. Lower the gateposts into the openings, utilizing a soul level to check they’re in line.

Stage 9

Utilise timber props to hold your door and posts in the correct position. At this point you need to mix the correct concrete/aggregate mix, which will let you set the posts into the ground. Make sure to slant the surface downwards to coordinate water far from the wood.

Stage 10

Let the aggregate/concrete mix set for 48 hours before you evacuate the props and support.


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