Assembling & Hanging a Chain-Link Gate

1-2 hours

Learn how to assemble and hang a chain-link gate for your fence

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Most of the time, the best way to buy a chain link gate is to buy one that is preassembled. You may want a custom gate — one large enough to accommodate a big landscaping tractor, for example. Building a gate is a lot like building a short section of fence, except you won’t need a fence puller.

Shown at left: top rail; latch; hinge; side rail; tension band; bottom rail; and tension bar.

A chain link gate is amazingly strong. Unlike its wooden counterparts, a chain link gate isn’t likely to sag over time.

When building your own gate, first fit the frame together, then attach the mesh by slipping tension bars into the tension bands. Standard tie wires hold the mesh at the top and bottom. Metal hinge pins hold the gate in place, while an adjustable metal latch keeps the gate securely closed. You can also buy special corner brackets that let you customize the width of your gate.

This guide details how to assemble the gate, and then install it.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

Assembling the Chain-Link Gate

1
Assemble the frame
Assemble the frame - Hanging Chain-Link Gate

Slip tension bands onto the pieces of tubing that make up the frame. You will need at least three tension bands for each tension bar or four if the gate is more than 4 feet high. Assemble the frame by sliding the pieces of tubing together.

2
Position a tension bar in the mesh
Tension bar mesh - Hanging Chain-Link Gate

Insert a tension bar into the chain link mesh by sliding it through the end loops of the mesh. Be sure to thread the bar through the entire width of the mesh.

3
Attach the tension bar to frame
Attach the tension bar - Hanging Chain-Link Gate

Attach the tension bar to the tension bands on one side rail. Thread a second tension bar into the mesh close enough to the other side rail to hold the mesh taut once it is attached to the tension bands. Unhook the strand of mesh near the outside of the second tension bar and pull it out to remove the excess mesh.

4
Attach the second tension bar to frame
Attach second tension bar - Hanging Chain-Link Gate

Pull the mesh and the second tension bar tightly and slip the tension bar into the tension bands. If the mesh isn’t tight enough, unhook the tension bar and slip it into the next set of loops, then unravel the excess mesh and hook the bar back into the tension bands.

5
Tie mesh in place
Tie mesh in place - Hanging Chain-Link Gate

Pull the mesh and the second tension bar tightly and slip the tension bar into the tension bands. If the mesh isn’t tight enough, unhook the tension bar and slip it into the next set of loops, then unravel the excess mesh and hook the bar back into the tension bands.


Hanging an Assembled Chain-Link Gate

1
Hang the hinge straps
Hang the hinge straps - Hanging Chain-Link Gate

Install the hinge straps on the gate, spacing them evenly from the top and bottom. Position the gate and support it on wood blocks. Mark the gatepost to show where the hinge straps will meet it.

2
Hang the hinges
Hang the hinges - Hanging Chain-Link Gate

Set the gate aside, then slide the hinge pins into place at the marks and tighten them with the top pin pointing down and the bottom pin pointing up. Install the gate on the post, lifting the upper hinge strap onto the top hinge pin and lowering the bottom strap onto the lower pin.

3
Hang the gate
Hang the gate - Hanging Chain-Link Gate

Position the latch catch on the gatepost opposite the hinges and tighten it. Slide the latch pin onto the side rail of the gate, line it up with the catch and then tighten it with a socket wrench.