prowell woodworks for garden gates


product specifications

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Printed Installation Guides and Working Drawings arrive with all shipped or delivered orders

There are a few common oversights when installing our garden gates:
1) 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.
2) 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.
3) 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 postion--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.
4) We do not support the use of electronic strikes or locksets 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.



wood gatesA temporary embedded jamb mounted to the block core. The stonemason has set his irregular stone to the jamb template, which is replaced when the Prowell jambs arrive with the gate. The jamb thickness is the depth of the stone + 1/2" to allow free gate swing.


wood gates A front view of an irregular stone column after the stone has been set and the
temporary jamb removed.

Embedded Jambs-1
Embedded Jambs-1


* Step by Step Installation Text

* Installer Puertas Espanol

* Pool Gate Codes

* Shipping Rates--50 States

* Double Gates

* Speakeasy Options

* Electronic Access?

wood gates PDF Specifications

* Wood Gate Stops

* 60" openings? Dbl Off-Set Options

* Setting Your Post

* Setting Jambs to Columns

* Embedded Jambs

* Setting Jambs to Steel Posts

* Swing Direction

wood gates Latch Boring Specifications

* Rocky Mountain

* Optional Bronze #40-300 Thumb Latch

wood gates CPW Gate Hardware

* Rocky Mountain Hardware

* Optional Bronze Hardware

* Pool Code Reference

wood gates 3rd Party Gate Hardware Links

* Full Swing Pivot Hinge

gate jambs to masonry column
stone columns for gate jambs
Embedded Jambs-2
Embedded Jambs-2

wood gates Illustrating how the stone is cut to fit and the voids are filled with mortar for a tight fit. The jambs is 1/2" proud of the outermost stone to insure a free gate swing


embedded gate jambs

wood gates The total jamb thickness for this application is 2-3/4". This is the measurement from
the cinder block core to the outermost stone, plus 1/2".


embedded gate jamb

Embedded Jambs-3
Embedded Jambs-3

wood gates Illustrating an embedded jamb onto a typical block column with a steel post core and irregular stone cladding.

wood jambs for wood gates

wood gates Two columns, with the temporary jambs set. The stone can now be completed,
while work on the gate progresses independently.

embedding wood jambs into stone gate columns

Surface Jambs
Sloped Grades

wood gates Illustrating a typical jamb mounted to stucco columns with overhanging caps. Here the cap overhangs only 1". The jambs are 1-1/2" thick, so the remaining 1/2" is chamfered (mitered) to avoid the unsightly end cut. The jambs are mounted with recessed masonry spread bolts.

how to install jambs for wood gates

wood gates Sloped Grades can be complicated. Therefore we've devoted a whole section. For more on Sloped Grades, click on the image, or here Click Here

gates with sloping grades

Double Off-Set Gates

wood gates
Double Off-Set gates (click on the image below for more info on Dbl. Offsets )


double wood gates

wood gates



Dbl Gate Hardware
Dbl Gate Hardware

wood gatesIllustrating a typical #80-100 bronze Cane Bolt and the #50-250 bronze gate stop.
The 50-250 is included with all double gates. The cane bolt is an added, but necessary


wood gates Typical hardware for a double gate:
Rocky Mountain latch E414
Bronze Gate Stop #50-250
Bronze Cane Bolt #80-100

Double gates with cane bolt

Latch & Stop
Mechanical Dead Bolts
wood gates The Bronze Gate Stop #50-250 is required with all double gates. It is this L-shaped thingie that acts as to stop the operable gate, instead of the gate latch itself, which is far too expensive to act as a stop. The mortise for the 50-250 stop is created in the shop, but to insure the gates are flush when closed, the Stop must be set the proper depth.

Shown below with the RMH E414.
wood gates

Lockey's mechanical dead Bolt #2210 (OIL)

>>To the Lockey site for more specs

double gate latches and stops
LOCKEY machanical dead bolt for gates
Dead Bolt by RMH #507
Dead Bolt #300-100
wood gates Dead Bolt DB507 most often accompanies the RMH latch E414. ß   wood gates The Bronze dead bolt shown with the thumb latch #30-400.
When there is grid such as this, the dead bolt is set below the latch at a position that disallows someone to reach through the grid to access the thumb-turn to release the dead bolt.

wood gate dead bolt by rocky mountain custom wood gates with dead bolts
wood gates All gates prefer the 4" bronze ball-bearing hinge. Available at our cost of $48/pair to help insure this hinge as a default simply to prevent an inexpensive, cost-cutting alternate hinge from becoming the potential weakest link in the overall integrity of the gates.

Dark Bronze or Nickel
best bronze hinges for wood gates
wood gates Rocky Mountain strike plates should be mortised (chiseled) flush to the post. If they are simply mounted to the post or jamb, you lose 1/4" of the 3/8" swing clearance needed for seasonal expansion and the gate will potentially not close. This is such a common oversight that we include it among the list of common installation flaws in a print sheet included in the white envelope along with your drawings and full installation guides.
wood gate rocky mountain latches



A solution to the repeated slamming of a wind tunnel, as well as local Pool Code requiring self-closing gates.
Click Here for info on Pool Codes for Prowell Gates

The below products should be purchased directly from the manufacturer. Click on the images


Gate Width
Gate Weight
Link to Install Guides
To 54"
To 125 lbs
50 -125 lbs
$288 ($426 Stainless)
40" - 64"
75 - 175 lbs
$288 ($426 Stainless)
44" - 72"
150 - 250lbs.
$288 steel ($426 Stainless)

* To Specifications on all Lockey Hydraulic Closers

wood gates For our smaller gates that are only 1-1/2" thickness

wood gates For the larger gates.


* Download the PDF install guide
Lockey videos on Installing TB175
  *Download the PDF Install Guide
Lockey videos on Installing TB200, 400, and 600


  • Lockey Hydraulic Gate Closer TB175 fits most flush gate and frame arrangements
    where the gate weight is up to 125 lbs and width is no more than 54 inches. Both the
    travel and latching speeds are fully adjustable, ensuring gates close in a controlled manner.
    These closers are particularly suited to garden gates, picket gates, barrier gates and
    lightweight doors (NON FIRE RATED).
  • No special skills are required to install the gate closes, as detailed step-by-step instructions
    are included. In performance tests, the TB175 has achieved 100,000 cycles. For Use With
    Gates Up To 125 LBS And 54" Wide.
  • Material Steel Color Black Finish Powder coated
  • Max. opening angle 90 degrees
  • Max. gate weight 125 lbs.
  • Max. gate width 54 inches
  • Types of gate material Timber / metal / vinyl
  • Gate closing speed Adjustable Gate latching speed Adjustable

*Note: Because of the 1-3/4" wide mounting plate, this is not for those with utilizing
Prowell's 1-1/2" thick jambs. (See TB400)

  • Lockey Hydraulic Gate Closer TB400, also known as a Pedestrian Gate Closer, does not slam gates shut. It firmly and quietly pushes gates closed, making it ideal for use with Lockey Locks, magnetic locks and other latching devices. The closing speed is pre-set to provide a controlled close of 8 seconds or more*, depending upon the weight of the gate and quality of hinges. With this closer there is no risk of maladjustment or tampering with the speed adjustment after it is fitted. (NON FIRE RATED)
  • Each gate closer includes instructions, mounting brackets and fitting bar. As with most gate closers, it is advisable to install a mechanical stop to restrict the gate opening angle** to avoid damage to the closer.
  • Easy to install. For Use With Gates Up To 175 LBS And 64" Wide.
  • Material Steel Finish Black painted Hinge arrangements
  • In-line and offset Opening angle**
  • Maximum of 110 deg.
  • Gate weight Up to 125 lbs.
  • Gate width Up to 52 inches
  • Types of gate materials Timber or steel
  • Gate closing speed* Hydraulically controlled.

*Note: The mounting plate for the TB200 can be swiveled to mount directly against the
face of a jamb or post.


For more comprehensive info in SureClose hinges, follow either of these links:
Hardware Specifications
Pool Codes

wood gatesSureClose ReadyFit 108 SF S----D&D Technologies    
SureClose hinge

SureClose hinge


For gates at 48" or less in width.
One self-closing Sure-Close hinge 108 SF S and one dummy Sure-Close hinge 108SM S.

Works on left or right-handed, in-swing or out-swing applications.

The 108 SF S self-closing hinge opens to 90-degrees.
(Code# 74108323)

The Sure-Close dummy hinge 108SF S
(Code # 74001313)

wood gates Magna Latch Top Pull--$65 +-
(Click the image to go to their web site)
  wood gates Low Tech Pintle style Pivot Hinge
If you want a pivot style hinge without the band strap across the front of the gate, this is one option
pool lock Specifications:
  • Magnetically triggered
    (self latching, no jamming)
  • Highly child resistant
  • Key lockable (2 models)
  • Meets Pool Safety Standards
  • Fits new and existing gates
  • Adjustable for 3/8" to 1-7/16" gap
    (see below)
  • Can adjust up to a 2" gap with
    optional spacer.
  • Made to fit square posts but
    can fit round posts with
    optional adapter.
  • Tested to 400,000 cycles
  • Independently tested to meet
    international safety codes
    (for fences 5' high and higher)
bolt hinge


The following images illustrate the rare mishaps when things simply go wrong.
wood gates A photo sent to us in 2017 from a gate built in 1999. The result of two large dogs over the course of, well, 18 years. Now there have been multiple improvements since 2001 that would hopefully prevent such a scenario, but nevertheless, large dogs can be a problem.
gates with large dogs
wood gates The gates and panels are delivered at 5-7% moisture in, say, June. Delivered to, say, a dry heat climate is, say, Palm Springs. They are given a finish either at the shop or by the homeowner. As the wood acclimates to the new heat, it gradually dries out beyond the 5-7% moisture and consequently shrinks, exposing a line of unfinished wood that was originally embedded into the dadoes, or grooves, of the stiles and rails. A common issue, requiring that this exposed streak simply be touched up with the same stain or finish. In the wetter months the panel will expand and the once exposed streak will have returned to it's dado. After a season of both climates, the cedar will have acclimated and the expansion/contraction will occur at a minimal rate.
swollen gates
wood gatesAlthough the gate shown below was installed at the preferred 3/8" swing clearance, they experienced the wettest winter in a decade, resulting in the gate experiencing such expansion that it swelled to where it bounces off the post instead of closing properly within the opening. Exasperated by potential wind tunnels that have the gate slamming repeatedly, and bouncing off the post with each slam. Eventually this can result in damage to the vertical stile, as shown in the above right image. Wood is wood and can't be dictated to the same behavior as steel. In this scenario the gate should be planed down along the latch edge while still in place and until it closes properly, rather than allow it to potentially be damaged beyond use.
swelling gates

wood gates Below we see an application where the homeowner has elected to use a type of spring hinge. These are self-closing hinges most commonly available only in steel with some sort of plating that ultimately, quickly, rusts. Their closing torque is set on site, setting the speed or force which the gate closes. If the torque is set in a wind, the gate will slam when the wind is quiet. If set on a still day, the gate will not have enough torque to close against the force of a wind. The result can be the below image where the hinges were set in the wind and repeated slammed closed on the still days until the stile simply broke clean. The more certain means of satisfying the need for self-closing functions are the Lockey hydraulic closers.
spring hinges
wood gates About once every 5 years or so we encounter a gate that was kicked around during the shipping process that it arrives looking more like a prize fighter after a hard loss. Upon acceptance of the UPS delivery, note any damage to the box or crate and record this on the driver's receipt form, with your signature. Then, if the gate is in fact damaged, take photos and reach out to UPS (800-333-7400) within 5 days. Provide them with the BOL # on your receipt to register a damage waiver. UPS Freight is a good company. If there is an issue, they'll award you with the waiver that affords Prowell to build you a replacement. (See more on shipping HERE)
damage to shipped gates

wood gates The cedar has a genetic code drawn from thousands of years in the temperate climate of the Pacific Northwest. It sits in the Prowell shop as inventory, which is more or less the same climate. when it ships to, say, Mississippi in August, the cedar goes through a transformation of figuring out what the hell is going on. This heat and humidity thing unlike anything it's genetic code knows. So, it expands and contracts excessively for a few weeks as it gets accustomed to its new home. If it is finished prior to that with a layered type finish such as paint, the paint often has trouble keeping up with the constant flexibility of the acclimating cedar and the result can be bubbles, as we see below. Over time, the paint stiffens, and although the cedar has acclimated, it will continue to expand and contract minimally from season to season, resulting potentially in a stiff rigid paint coverage that cracks and checks in it's refusal, or inability, to remain flexible. Solid colors are better manifested by using a solid-body stain, which is far more flexible. Paint is for areas like siding and windows, etc, protected from the full elements by roofs and half of the siding or front door protected by the insulated interior temperature of the house itself.

bubbling paint finish exterior

wood gates There is a specific, universal methodology to constructing a column. Commonly it begins with a steel post core as 4x4 or 6x6, set 32"+ into concrete, clad with cinder block that is seated into a shallow 4-6" bed of concrete, which is clad in stucco, stone, brick, etc. Or a footing o f18- 24" deep without the steel core and cinder block building off the footing, reinforced with re-bar set vertically through the block cavities and into the footing and the block cavities poured with concrete, and then clad with stucco, stone, brick, etc. Below we have a column bearing the whopping load of a gate weighing approx 65 lbs. The column is listing, simply sinking to the shifting soil. It cannot be fixed and must be razed and re-built.
sagging gate
wood gates What can happen when there are double gates mounted to poorly built columns that list such that they are no longer plumb. Normally this will see the columns collapsing inward, so the gap between the gates is narrower at the top. Here the columns have simply given to the shifting soil substrate. For the sake of the gate's lifeline, Prowell just assumes your columns were constructed properly.
sagging gates

wood gates

Saving the best for last, and to also illustrate the various levels of competency existing the trade. Sent in from Peachtree, Georgia as a testament to their finished installation, we're left to wonder what they had put in their morning coffee.

crooked gates






The following specifications are also available as PDF downloads on the above links along the left margin.


gate jamb PDF specifications
  gate jamb PDF spec
  gate jamb  to masonry column PDF spec
  gate jamb PDF spec



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