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How to Install gate latches?

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Gate latch is also a piece of hardware in our lives, so this kind of thing is not very common, but it helps us a lot. It used to be very common, and it's still widely used. Gate latch can be seen in the garden,in the fence and in the ranch. This article is about how to install garden gate latches.

The following knowledge points are listed below:

  • Tools and materials needed to install gate latches

  • Steps of gate latch installation

  • Matters needing attention for the installation of gate latch


1. Tools and materials needed to install gate latches

Tools: drills, dust masks, earmuffs, gloves, puzzles, guides, goggles

Materials :garden door,gate latch, door lock, marker, paper tape, pencil, sandpaper, tapping screw


2. Steps of gate latch installation:

(1) Step 1: Choose gate hinges and prep the garden gate

Replacing hinges can update the look of garden gate or add new functionality, like a spring-hinge that closes the gate for you. Most are either silver or black in color, and some hinges are more decorative than others. A “T-hinge” will provide more support to your gate, since the gate-side leaf of the hinge stretches out horizontally and attaches to more of the gate’s frame. (Note: In terms of the "anatomy" of a hinge, the pin is what the hinge pivots on, and the leaves are like wings that stretch out in either direction from the pin.)  A galvanized metal hinge will resist corrosion longer than a basic hinge—especially near saltwater.

Generally speaking, larger hinges will come with larger screws, and larger hinges will make your gate sturdier than smaller hinges.

• Start with the garden gate closed and latched. Place blocks of wood under the gate to support it when you remove the hinges.

• Unscrew the existing screws from the upper hinge. You’ll be backing out the screws from both the post-side of the hinge, as well as from the gate itself.

(2) Step 2: Mark and pre-drill holes for new upper hinge

Open your new hinge up with the leaves stretching out from the pin, then hold it up to the gate and gate post in the spot where you’ll be attaching it. Mark the spots for the new holes. Make sure you’ll be screwing into the gate frame and not just a fence board. Pre-drill if necessary. If you’ve chosen a nice, beefy hinge, it likely came with lag screws, which are large-diameter, hex-head screws. They will probably require the pre-drilling of an undersized hole before installation of the lags.

(3) Step 3: Anchor the new hinge to the gate and post

Install gate screws loosely. Attach both wings of the hinge—one leaf to the post and the other to the gate (making sure there is something for the screws to bite into). You’ll tighten the screws fully once you know the gate is true in its opening.

(4) Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 for the lower hinge

• Repeat for the second/other hinge(s)

• With the hinge screws snug (and while lifting up on the gate so as not to have it sag), swing the gate open slightly and close it to see if everything is aligned properly and ensure the gate will latch. Adjust if necessary. When it's working smoothly, fully tighten the screws.

(5) Step 5: Install the new garden gate latch

• Mount the bolt to the gate frame

• Align the post-side latch and affix with screws

It’s that simple!One important element we had to consider was making sure the bolt didn't stick out from the gate too much and run into a corner of the garden that juts out near the gate opening. Make sure the placement of your gate latch doesn't interfere with the swing of the gate.


3. Matters needing attention for the installation of gate latch:

(1) When installing the gate latch, the installation height of the bolt should be selected according to the user's usage habits and the specific situation of the gate. It is necessary to ensure that you do not have to bend over or stand on tiptoe when touching the gate latch.

(2) In addition, the installation of the gate latch should also pay attention to the type of the bolt, the different types of the bolt in the installation is different.

(3) Finally, the gate latch should be checked after the installation, which can make the gate play an important role.

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