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How to Install a Sliding Gate

May 26, 2020

When configuring your temporary fence, it’s important to think about all aspects of how it will function. Your Modu-Loc fence is intended for site security and containment. But does this mean it will be difficult for your workers to access your site? Not necessarily!

Modu-Loc fence systems include specific components to create pedestrian and vehicle access gates. Our gates can be placed anywhere in the fence line, allowing for flexible and effective control of site access.

One of the most popular gate set-ups is our sliding gate. Whereas a swing gate requires space for clearance, the sliding gate allows for vehicle and pedestrian access in tight areas. Sliding gates are a great option for maximizing site space and functionality. Double sliding gates are also a good option for saving space while providing a wider opening for large vehicles. The simple design of the sliding gate means it can be easily set up and operated by a single person.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to install your own sliding gate. You can also view our “Sliding Gate Guide Install Guide” video on YouTube!

Before You Start

For a single sliding gate, you will need two gate wheels, a gate guide (circled) and a spacer. To be provided with these items, make sure to let your Modu-Loc sales representative know that you require gate components.

How to Install a Sliding Gate

A worker is seen holding a u-shaped sliding gate guide in one hand and a short square tube called a spacer in the other hand

Step 1

Place the spacer on the square tube of the base where the gate will go.

A rectangular metal fence base with one square upright peg and one round upright peg, and a spacer installed on the square peg

Step 2

Place the gate guide on the square tube of the base at the opposite end of your gate opening. This will ensure the gate slides in a controlled fashion.

A rectangular metal fence base with one square upright peg and one round upright peg, and a u-shaped sliding gate guide installed on the square peg

Step 3

Place a fence panel onto the square tube with the spacer, and the square tube with the gate guide. Do not install the fence panel on the round peg of the gate guide itself.

A dark green steel temporary fence panel sits on top of a u-shaped sliding gate guide, which has been installed on a metal fence base perpendicular to the fence panel

Step 4

Slide another fence panel into the gate guide, between the square tube of the base and the round peg of the gate guide. This panel will be your gate.

A worker slides a loose temporary fence panel into the u-shaped gate guide that has been installed on a metal fence base

Step 5

Insert the first gate wheel into the gate.

A worker inserts a gate wheel into the frame of a loose temporary fence panel

Step 6

Insert the second wheel into the gate at the opposite end. The last fence panel in the fence line should be nestled in between the wheel and the square peg of the wheel bracket. This will act as a guide for the wheel, and keep the gate on a fixed plane of motion.

A worker inserts a gate wheel into the frame of a loose temporary fence panel

Step 7

Insert the square peg of a cap into the gate where it overlaps the last fence panel. The cap should be perpendicular to the gate, so that the round peg hangs over the last fence panel. This will act as a guide for the gate, and prevent it from tipping.

A worker inserts a fence cap into the frame of a temporary fence panel

Step 8

Insert the square peg of a cap into the end of the last fence panel. The cap should be perpendicular to the panel, so that the round peg hangs over the gate. This will also act as a guide for the gate.

A worker inserts a fence cap into the frame of a temporary fence panel

Step 9

If installing a double sliding gate, ensure that the wheels are facing opposite sides so that the two gates can overlap.

A close-up of two overlapping fence panels with gate wheels, forming a double sliding gate

Finished!

Success! Your sliding gate is now complete! You now have a simple access point to allow your personnel to enter and exit the site.

A photo of a double sliding gate constructed from 6' tall dark green steel temporary fence panels

If you require any further assistance, please contact us. 

Author: Stephani Hnetinka

Stephani is a Marketing Assistant who has been working with Modu-Loc Fence Rentals since 2018. She enjoys writing about construction, and loves anything and everything to do with temporary fencing solutions.
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