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There are a few common oversights when installing our garden gates:
- For Rocky Mountain latches it is necessary to chisel the strike plates flush to the jambs or posts. If they are surfaced-mounted, half the preferred 3/8″ swing clearance is lost and the gates run the risk of swelling in the wet seasons such that they won’t close.
- Surface mount the hinges. The gates need light and air flow on all six sides. All gates included the preferred bronze 4″ extruded ball-bearing butt hinges. These represent the best exterior hinge available and they are included simply to insure a less functional hinge doesn’t jeopardize the functionality of the gate’s swing.
- Ideal swing clearance on single gates is 3/8″ and on double gates at 1/2″. The net width of the gate was calculated to allow these swing gaps with the given dimensions provided by the site. If your clearance is less than required, due to out-of-plumb posts/columns, you must plane the gate to fit the taper of the listing post. If there is no dead bolt, the gate can be hung and the latch stile can be planed with the gate in position–at 2″ off the grade as designed. . If there is a dead bolt bore, the gate must be removed and planed along the hinge edge.
- We do not support the use of electronic strikes or lock sets that compromise the preferred 3/8″ swing clearance. Most electronic access systems require less clearance which can potentially result in the gate swelling during the wet season until it does not close, wedging against the post or jamb to require a shoving/yanking effort with each passage. Any resulting damage is not warrantied for replacement or repair.
Jambs are provided for sites with masonry columns (stucco, stone, brick, etc). Standard jambs are 1-1/2″ thick x 3-3/4″ width. For columns with smooth faces such as stucco or brick or fabricated paver block, the jambs mount directly against the column. Most installers use the masonry ‘gold’ exterior spread bolt. 3/8″ dia. x 3-3/4″+_ length. The spread bolts are recessed into the jambs, including the wider washers. The wood stops accompanying the gates and mount against the jambs, covers the bolt exposure from being visible.
*For columns clad with irregular stone, the jambs are best mounted directly against the column cinder block core. This requires a measurement from the block to the outermost stone; we will adjust the jamb thickness so the jambs are 1/2″ thicker than the proudest stone, allowing a free swing. Normally temporary jambs are set such that the stone mason can proceed with cladding his stonework, cutting to the temporary jambs, which are removed when the Gate and jambs arrive.
** If columns with irregular stone already exist, you can either cut the stone to create a cavity for the jambs, or mount the jambs using threaded rod and back-filling the voids with mortor–adjust the nuts on the threaded rods to insure the jambs are perfectly plumb.
The following images illustrate the rare mishaps when things simply go wrong.
Wood Gate Stops
The following specifications are also available as PDF downloads on the above links along the left margin, as well as clicking on the images to download the pdf.
JAMB MOUNTING TO OUT-OF-PLUMB WALL