How to Install Gate Hinges
Position the top hinge against the gate temporarily to locate the best location for a solid installation. Mark the hinge location with a grease pencil. Depending on the type of hinge you choose, you can install it on the exterior of the fence or the interior of the gate. Position the bottom hinge against the gate to locate the best location. Place the hinges where the gate will ultimately swing in the direction you desire, either away from the enclosure or into the enclosure. Some hinge types are able to swing in both directions. When working with a wood gate, you will want the hinge to grab as much wood as possible.
Using a power drill with a drill bit, drill pilot holes at each of the marked locations for the hinge screws to double check how they will look before you proceed with the rest of the installation. Take the hinges apart, if necessary, to allow for smooth installation while holding the gate in place when you are ready to install the hinge screws to the fence post or adjacent structure. It helps to have a second pair of hands during this step in the installation process. Replace the drill bit with a screwdriver bit. Position the hinges for installation.
Place a solid piece of wood or a concrete block on the ground to support the weight of the gate as you position it for installation onto the fence post. You want to alleviate as much stress on the screws as you possibly can to ensure the gate is level and the hardware is functioning properly. Drive the hinge screws into the fence post and the gate as far as they will go to ensure a tight fit. You might need to use a ratchet to prevent the motor in your drill from burning out.
Once all the hinges are successfully installed, inspect them to check that the gate functions properly by swinging the gate open and closed a few times. Allow the gate to come to a full stop. If the gate settles without swinging in either direction, the gate is level and your installation is complete.
If you are also installing a center cross brace, mark the location of the brace on the latch-side fence post. Insert the latch strike in the latch. Position the two components of the latch against the post at the cross brace location and the gate until you are satisfied with the final placement. The final position of the center cross brace must allow the gate to shut flush with the fence. Mark the mounting hole locations. Drill pilot holes at each of the hole locations. Attach the screws for the gate latch to the fence post and strike to the gate to complete your gate installation.
Installing gate hinges may seem like an intimidating task at first, but you can make quick work of any installation with a little time and patience. RF offers a wide selection of gate hinges that can help you find the perfect solution for your installation. We carry bullet hinges, barrel hinges, weld on hinges, tee hinges, strap hinges and so much more. If you have any questions about our products, please feel free to contact us.