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How To Install Manual - Chain Link Cantilever Gate
By Chad Hoover, CFP

[ 1 ] Overview [ 2 ] Plan [ 3 ] Layout [ 4 ] Set Posts [ 5 ] Install Fittings [ 6 ] Hang Gate [ 7 ] Install Latch [ 8 ] Install Operator

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Fence & Gates with Flat Bed Delivery - Hoover Fence Co.
Above: Hoover Fence makes delivery of four cantilever gate kits.

Shown above are three 6' high x 25' wide opening cantilever sliding gates. The finished size of this gate is approximately 1-1/2 times the opening size, or nearly 37-1/2'.
Shown above are three 6' high x 25' wide opening cantilever sliding gates. The finished size of this gate is approximately 1-1/2 times the opening size, or nearly 37-1/2'.

6'H x 25'W Opening Cantilever Gate - Hoover Fence Co.
Please note such large gates usually ship on a flat bed.

Forklifts, skidsteers, or other equipment may be useful in unloading such gates. Minimally, man power must be provided for unloading. This gate is in excess of 500 lbs.
Forklifts, skidsteers, or other equipment may be useful in unloading such gates. Minimally, man power must be provided for unloading. This gate is in excess of 500 lbs.

Step 1:  Receiving Your Products
Check to make sure you have received the proper parts within 5 days of receiving your Hoover Fence Co. cantilever gate kit using your packing list enclosed with your shipment and a copy of your order.

Step 2:  Layout
Drive two wooden or steel stakes into the ground to be used to attach string line to (Fig. A). Drive stakes a foot or two away from where you want gate posts to be located; this will allow you to drill/ dig holes without obstructions. It may also allow you to 'drop' the string line while excavating holes. Be careful not to bump or move stakes.

Drive two wooden or steel stakes into the ground to be used to attach string line.   These will be used as a guide to install your gate.  You will be setting your gate posts to this string approx. 1/4" - 1/2" from this line.  Stretch masonry string from one stake to the other.   Make sure the masonry string is tight and free of obstructions.  This string line will represent where your gate will be once installed.  Adjust stakes and string line if necessary.
Fig. A

Stretch masonry guide string tight between these stakes; be sure the string is on the same side of each of the stakes when wrapping. This string will represent the location of the gate and serve as a guide string as you set posts. Posts will be set in concrete 1/8-1/4" from string line even though the gate & latch posts could be of differing diameters (Fig. A-1).

Cantilever gates require 3 posts which make them unique; two are used to mount the rollers and gate and a third is required as a latch post.  The (2) roller posts will be the same size and larger than the latch post.  Although the latch post is smaller in diameter, you will set it in concrete the same distance from your guide string as the roller posts.  The cantilever latch makes up for the offset once the gate is installed.  Cantilever gates only have chain link stretched in the opening portion of the gate.  The counterbalance is not stretched with chain link as it is typically behind the rest of the fence.  Do set your gate opening posts at the ordered size.  The portion of the gate which is stretched is typically 6" wider than the opening to provide security where the rollers will offset the gate.
Fig. A-1

The gate hardware is designed to make up the difference and cantilever gate latches will compensate for the offset the rollers/ posts cause. Keep in mind, once the rollers are mounted the gate will actually slide a few inches on the inside of these posts and on the inside of the fence (Fig. A-2). This is several inches from the string line.

Cantilever gates require 3 posts which make them unique; two are used to mount the rollers and gate and a third is required as a latch post.  The (2) roller posts will be the same size and larger than the latch post.  Although the latch post is smaller in diameter, you will set it in concrete the same distance from your guide string as the roller posts.  The cantilever latch makes up for the offset once the gate is installed.  Cantilever gates only have chain link stretched in the opening portion of the gate.  The counterbalance is not stretched with chain link as it is typically behind the rest of the fence.  Do set your gate opening posts at the ordered size.  The portion of the gate which is stretched is typically 6" wider than the opening to provide security where the rollers will offset the gate.
Fig A-2

Make sure the masonry string is tight and free of obstructions. Adjust stakes and string line if necessary. If you remove the string to excavate holes, take care to restretch the string line back the way it was prior to removing.

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Mark fence post locations. Be sure to account for auger diameter and post diameter when marking.
Mark fence post locations. Be sure to account for auger diameter and post diameter when marking.

Check hole location prior to filling with concrete mix. The hole should not be centered perfectly under string line; it should be offset slightly so that the post will be centered in the concrete footer. If necessary put post in empty hole and check with a level. The post should be plumb to the string with approx. 1/8-1/4" clearance.
Check hole location prior to filling with concrete mix. The hole should not be centered perfectly under string line; it should be offset slightly so that the post will be centered in the concrete footer. If necessary put post in empty hole and check with a level. The post should be plumb to the string with approx. 1/8-1/4" clearance.