We have high expectations of hinges, especially those designed for outdoor use. Gate hinges influence both how a gate operates and how it appears. When you carefully select your gate hinges, the rest of your hardware will fall into place. In addition to hardware selection, you must understand how to install gate hinges so that the gate will function properly for many years. Installing new gate hinges will add a lot of value in the long run, whether you are adding a fence to your backyard or simply want to add some curb appeal to the exterior of your home.
How to Install Gate Hinges
Temporarily place the top hinge against the gate to determine the best location for a solid installation. With a grease pencil, mark the location of the hinge. Depending on the type of hinge you select, you can install it on the outside of the fence or inside the gate. To find the best location, place the bottom hinge against the gate. Place the hinges so that the gate will eventually swing in the desired direction, either away from or into the enclosure. Some hinges are capable of swinging in both directions. When working with a wood gate, the hinge should grab as much wood as possible.
Drill pilot holes for the hinge screws at each of the marked locations with a power drill and a drill bit before continuing with the rest of the installation. When you're ready to install the hinge screws to the fence post or adjacent structure, take the hinges apart if necessary to allow for a smooth installation while holding the gate in place. It is advantageous to have a second pair of hands available during this stage of the installation process. Change the drill bit for a screwdriver bit. Install the hinges by positioning them.
As you position the gate for installation onto the fence post, place a solid piece of wood or a concrete block on the ground to support its weight. You want to put as little strain on the screws as possible to ensure the gate is level and the hardware is working properly. Drive the hinge screws all the way into the fence post and the gate to ensure a tight fit. To keep your drill's motor from burning out, you may need to use a ratchet.
Once all of the hinges have been successfully installed, swing the gate open and closed a few times to ensure that it functions properly. Allow the gate to completely stop. The gate is level if it settles without swinging in either direction, and your installation is complete.
Mark the location of the center cross brace on the latch-side fence post if you are also installing one. Place the latch strike into the latch. Place the latch's two components against the post at the cross brace location and the gate until you're happy with the final placement. The center cross brace's final position must allow the gate to close flush with the fence. Mark the locations of the mounting holes. Drill pilot holes in each hole location. To finish your gate installation, screw the gate latch to the fence post and the strike to the gate.
Installing gate hinges may appear to be a daunting task at first, but with a little time and patience, you can complete any installation quickly. HardwareSource has a large selection of gate hinges to help you find the right fit for your installation. Tee hinges, strap hinges, weld-on hinges, pintle hinges, swimming pool gate hinges, and much more are available. Please contact us if you have any questions about this step-by-step guide or our products.