How to Put Wheels on a Gate

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Gates provide a means to open and close an area for access to a yard, garden or other fenced area. After several years, a metal or wooden gate may sag from age, accidental bumps or loose hinges. Rocky, dense soils or thick grass under a gate make it hard to open and close. Adding a wheel on a gate allows the wheel to bear the weight, lift the opening side and provide fluid movement for opening and closing on rocky soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Swing gate wheel
  • 3/8-inch bolt 4 inches long and nut
  • Drill
  • Marker
  • 2 pair adjustable pliers
  • 3/8-inch drill bit
  • Swivel swing gate wheel

Wooden Gates

  • Place a 3/8-inch drill bit into a drill.

  • Slide a wooden swing gate wheel onto the vertical post of the gate on the latch side. Mark the bolthole in the post with a marker. Remove the wheel.

  • Hold the drill at a 90-degree angle to the gate and drill completely through the gate.

  • Place the wooden swing gate wheel on the gate.

  • Slide a 3/8-inch diameter bolt that is 4 inches long through the bolthole in the wheel.

  • Place a nut on the protruding end of the bolt. Turn the nut clockwise to tighten on the bolt.

  • Place one pair of adjustable pliers on the bolt head with one hand and a second pair of adjustable pliers on the nut with the other hand. Hold the bolt head in position and turn the nut to tighten completely.

Metal Gates

  • Slide a swivel swing gate wheel onto the vertical post on the opening side of the gate. The round part of the wheel adapter slides straight onto the metal gate.

  • Place the bolt from the metal gate wheel kit through the bolthole to protrude on the other side of the wheel adapter.

  • Thread the nut onto the bolt and tighten it clockwise until it is hand-tight.

  • Place a pair of adjustable pliers on the bolt with one hand and a second pair of adjustable pliers on the nut with the other hand. Hold the bolt stationary and turn the nut clockwise to tighten it fully.

Tips & Warnings

  • Metal gate wheels are available in standard sizes for 1 5/8-inch and 2-inch diameter farm gates and for chain link fence gates. Metal gate wheels include the bolt and nut with the purchase.
  • Wooden gate wheels are universal to fit any wooden gate size. This type of wheel does not usually include the bolt and nut with the purchase.
  • The wheel on a gate can face either outside or inside on a gate. Most homeowners place the wheel on the inside of the gate so it swings onto the property and does not require room outside of a gate.

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