LAYOUT AND PLANNING
CAUTION: BEFORE DOING ANY LAYOUT OR INSTALLATION OF
FENCE OR GATES, BE AWARE THAT THIS MANUAL IS FOR RESIDENTIAL
FENCE ONLY. ALL FENCE AND GATES MUST BE INSTALLED TO
CONFORM WITH B.O.C.A. SPECIFICATIONS AND/OR LOCAL BUILDING
NOTE: FOR EASIER INSTALLATION, WE RECOMMEND AT LEAST
TWO PEOPLE INSTALL THE FENCE.
LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES MAY REQUIRE A SETBACK FROM PROPERTY
LINE TO FENCE LINE, OTHERWISE, IT IS RECOMMENDED TO
BE 2" INSIDE THE PROPERTY LINE. IT IS IMPORTANT
TO FIND OUT ALL THE REQUIREMENTS BEFORE INSTALLING YOUR
|1.1) First, stake out the area to
be enclosed and run a string around the stakes as shown
in Figure 1. The posts should remain 1/8" away from
1.2) There are four (4) types of fence post, see Figure
The first is the line post, which has 1" square
holes punched on opposite sides of the post. Second
is the end post, which has the 1" square holes
on only one side of the post. Third is the gatepost,
which has 1" square holes on only one side and
has a thicker wall. Finally, the corner post has holes
punched on two adjacent sides. Separate the posts into
their respective groups
|1.3) At this point, use
a rubber mallet to drive the post caps onto the post.
Use caution not to damage the post or post caps.
1.4) Determine the amount of concrete mix you will
need by consulting your local building supply dealer.
Mix the concrete on the dry side to obtain a quick set
and to give additional support when installing the fence
2.1) For the ease of grass trimming under the fence,
we recommend locating the bottom of the fence picket
2-3 inches above ground level. Before you begin, decide
whether you would like the screws on the fence sections
facing the inside or outside of your property, the installation
is similar either way. Generally the screws are installed
on the inside, giving a smooth outside appearance.
CAUTION: IF YOU LIVE WHERE
EXTREME GROUND FROST MAY OCCUR, EXTEND CONCRETE FOOTING
BELOW THE FROST LINE.
NOTE: LOCAL MUNICLPALITIES
MAY REQUIRE DIFFERENT HOLE DEPTHS. PLEASE VERIFY
THAT THESE DEPTHS MEET ALL LOCAL BUILDING CODES.
2.8) Place a post in the next hole
and place a sections of fence in the slots of the gatepost.
Insert the other end of the fence section into the slots
of the first line post. Pour a stiff mix of concrete
into each hole. Check the post for being plumb and check
alignment with string guide before the concrete sets.
This procedure is repeated for the remaining sections
2.2) Using a post hole digger, dig the specified hole
deep enough for the appropriate fence size and post size.
2.3) If possible, begin installing your fence with
a gate as follows :
A) For a single gate installation set the gate opening
MIN 1 1/4" wider than the actual width of the gate
(Example: a 36" wide gate will actually measure
35" wide and will require the actual gate opening
to be 36 1/4" wide).
B) For a double drive gate installation
set the gate opening 2" wider than the actual width
of the two gates (Example: Two 36" wide gates will
actually measure 70" wide overall and will require
the actual gate opening to be 72" wide).
NOTE: FOR PROPER GATE OPERATION
GATEPOSTS AND GATES MUST BE INSTALLED SO THAT A 1/2"
MIN. GAP IS PRESENT BETWEEN THE LATCH SIDE OF THE GATE
AND THE GATEPOST OR OPPOSING
DOUBLE DRIVE GATE. SEE FIGURE 8
2.4) Pay particular attention to
the direction of the slots on the post while planning
the installation of your gate, especially if your gate
is at the end of the property line. See Figure 3 for
2.5) Dig the postholes as recommended
in Step 2.2 and set a post in each hole. While holding
the posts perpendicular to the ground and the correct
distance apart, proceed to fill the holes with concrete
and tamp around each post until the concrete is approximately
2 inches below ground level. Attach gate after concrete
has hardened. Verify that the posts are plumb, level,
and the correct distance apart.
IMPORTANT: FOR PROPER GATE OPERATION, BE SURE THAT THE
TOPS OF THE GATEPOSTS ARE LEVEL AND THE POSTS ARE PLUME.
YOU MAY NEED TO REGRADE THE GATE OPENMG AREA SO THAT THE
GATE WILL OPEN/CLOSE PROPERLY AND STILL MAINTAIN A 2-3"
CLEARANCE BETWEEN BOTTOM OF TKE GATE AND THE GROUND LEVEL
2.6) Proceed to install all other
gateposts that are NOT in the same straight line of
fence. The installation of gates that are in the same
line will be installed when the fence reaches that point.
2.7) After the gateposts have been
set, proceed with the straight run of fence. Starting
from the center of the gatepost, measure 6'-3/4"
for the center of the hole for your first line post.
See Figure 3. Proceed to dig holes at 6'-3/4" intervals.
For a straight alignment, we recommend not to install
more than 8 sections of fence at a time.
|NOTE: IF A FENCE SECTION
IS UNDER 6' LONG, A HACKSAW IS NEEDED TO CUT THE FENCE
TO THE PROPER LENGTH. ALSO, A 3/16" x 3/4" NOTCH
IS REQUIRED FOR THE NEWLY CUT ENDS. SEE FIGURE 4.
IMPORTANT: IN ORDER FOR TWO SECTIONS OF FENCE TO FIT
INTO A CORNER POST, A 45-DEGREE MITER ON THE FENCE RAIL
MUST BE CUT. SEE FIGURE 5,
NOTE: FOR A NEAT APPEARANCE, WE RECOMMEND REVIEWING
THESE THREE STEPS AFTER COMPLETING EVERY 8 SECTIONS
OF FENCE THAT ARE INSTALLED
A) Sighting along the top horizontal rails, the fence
should appear to be one continuous line.
B) Properly aligned and plumb posts will appear to
be connected when viewed from the end of a straight
section of fencing.
C) Check to make sure that the posts are parallel to
NOTE: BECAUSE OF THE ABILITY OF THE FENCE TO RAKE,
THE FENCE MAY FOLLOW THE CONTOUR OF THE TERRAIN, RATHER
THAN HAVING SHARP UP AND DOWN FENCE PATTERNS. ON UNUSUALLY
ROUGH GROUND, YOU MAY RAISE OR LOWER A POST TO FOLLOW
THE CONTOUR OF THE TERRAIN.
2.9) Continue adding sections offence until you get
to either the end of the line or the next gate. At this
point, add either a wall mount casting, a corner, end
or gate post whichever is applicable.
3.0) Gate Installation
3.1) After the concrete has set, the gate can be installed.
With proper installation of the gateposts, there will
be a 1/2" allowance between the gate and each post.
Decide at this point whether the gate is to open inward
or outward. See Figure 6 for examples. Under the assumption
that the installer is standing on the outside of the
fence, opening outward means opening toward the installer
and hinging left means that the hinge is on the installer's
left side. Notice the position of the hinges in Figure
9 in relation to the diagonal. To prevent the gate from
sagging, install the hinges on the side of the gate
where the diagonal, if present, is at the bottom. All
gates are available as left or rights to provide smooth
appearance on the outside.
NOTE: IT IS IMPORTANT TO MOUNT THE
GATE IN SUCH A WAY SO THAT THE HORIZONTAL GATE RAILS
ARE IN LINE WITH THE HORIZONTAL RAILS OF THE FENCE
|3.2) Place the gate on
blocks at the correct elevation and clamp the hinge post
leafs to the post. The outer hinges should be placed within
1/8" of the gate top and bottom rails or as far apart
as possible for the best performance. Remove the gate
and verify that the hinge post leafs are completely flush
and plumb with the mounting surface, to avoid binding.
Attach the hinge to the post by drilling 7/64" pilot
holes and fastening with screws provided. If additional
hinges are used, equally space them between the two previously
3.3) Center the gate into the opening. Check elevation,
plumb and clearance, and clamp the gate to the hinge
gate leafs. Drill 7/64" pilot holes
and attach with the screws provided.
3.4) If the hinge is to be mounted on a flat surface
you may need to shim out the hinge post leafs so that
the hinge does not rub or bind against the mounting
3.5) The screws provided with the hinge are intended
for securing the hinge to Delgard posts & gates.
|If the hinge is to be
mounted to a masonry column, wood, etc., ask your local
building supply dealer to recommend appropriate fasteners
for your mounting application.
NOTE: IF: YOU REQUIRE THE GATE TO BE SELF-CLOSING,
USE THE ADJUSTABLE SPRING HINGES PROVIDED TAKING CARE
TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED WITH THE SELF-CLOSING
3.6) For a double gate installation, be certain you
have a left and right hand gate and install them as
shown in Figure 9. The top of the diagonals, if present,
must run towards each other between the gates. The mounting
procedure is the same as a single gate.
3.7) Test the gate for smooth free-swinging operation,
then proceed to install the latch hardware as needed
per the latch installation instructions.
4.0) DROP RODS
NOTE: THE DROP RODS ARE GENERALLY MOUNTED ON THE: INSIDE
OF THE GATE.
4.1) Mount a drop rod guide two (2) inches from the
bottom of the gate by drilling two (2) 7/64" holes
and fastening the guide with two (2)# 6 x 1/2"
self-tapping screws. Fasten the second guide 20 inches
above the bottom of the gate in the same fashion as
the first guide. Before fastening the second guide,
use the drop rod to align the guides. Next, install
the drop rod catch high enough so that the rod will
not drag on the ground while opening or closing the
gate. Be certain not to install the catch too high so
that the rod pulls out of the bottom guide. The fastening
procedure is the same as the other two guides.
|4.2) The final
installation step is completed after the concrete
around each post has hardened sufficiently. Fasten
the post to the fence using the # 8 x 1" self-drilling,
self-tapping screws provided. Be careful not to
over-torque the screw as this will weaken the screw
and possibly shear the head off.
4.3) To complete your fence, after the cement
has hardened, replace dirt and grass around the
|5.0) REGULAR MAINTENANCE
5.1) Check for proper gate operation daily when gate
is in use Lubricate or adjust if necessary.
5.2) Keep gate and fence area free of debris and climbable
5.3) Check fasteners for tightness and replace any
worn or damaged parts.
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