With a vast majority of our customers being DIY-ers (do-it-youselfers), we get this question quote often. To start, we offer something no other manufacturer does: a free installation kit. The kit is fairly comprehensive and is meant to save you some cost and those annoying back-and-forth trips to the hardware store. The kit varies based on what you are ordering, but for a full iron fence/ gate/ driveway gate order, you would receive:
- 3/8″ Hex Driver (to fasten brackets w/ screws)
- Hex Driver Extension (to assist w/ angle)
- 12oz. Touch-up Paint
- Outdoor Construction Adhesive (to fasten caps to posts)
FOR WALK GATES:
- 3/8″ Drill Bit (to drill posts for female portion of hinge)
- 5/8″ Drill Bit (to drill gate frame for male portion of hinge)
- 1/4″ Hex Driver (to fasten gravity latch to gate)
FOR ESTATE GATES:
- *3/8″ Drill Bit (to drill posts for female portion of hinge)
- *3/4″ Drill Bit (to drill gate frame for male portion of hinge)
That full kit would cost you over $125 shopping for it at one of the big box stores. We also have an install kit for our aluminum fence and gates as well that is equally comprehensive.
So we get you started off pretty well. A list of other potential tools you will need could include:
- String Line along with stakes (wood or steel rebar) to fix the string to
- Shovel and Post Hole Digger for post holes. You can also rent a motorized post hole digger/ auger for faster post hole digging.
- Tub, wheelbarrow or powered mixer for cement
- Measuring Tape
- Rubber Mallet and Regular Hammer
- Hacksaw or Sawzall for trimming panels (if necessary)
- Drill or power driver
- Wrench and socket set
- Square or Angle Finder
- Bags of concrete mix
And that’s it folks. The closest thing to something ‘specialized’ is a motor driven post hole digger. They are not necessary, but are rented all over the place at very reasonable prices and your back will thank you if it is a big project.
Got any questions on installation tools or where to get started? Feel free to give us a call or email here and we would be happy to help. You can also access our iron and aluminum installation guides in the Knowledge Center under ‘Installation’.