Determine the placement of the hinges by the design of the gate; hinges are attached to the horizontal boards on the gate. A light gate will need two hinges measured and set an equal distance from the top and bottom of the gate, while a large gate will also need a third hinge in the exact center of the gate.
Lay the gate down flat on the ground. The pivot pin on the hinge protrudes out one side; this is the side the hinge will swing to. Set the long strap leaf of the hinges on the gate with the pivot pins up.
Adjust each hinge so the pivot pin is off the gate, yet perfectly even with the side of the gate.
Draw circles inside the screw holes of the hinge strap with a pencil. Remove the hinges and drill holes slightly smaller than the screws that are provided with the hinges, and in the exact center of the penciled circles.
Put the hinges back on the gate aligning the holes in the strap over the drilled holes. Drive the screws in tight with the drill using the screwdriver bit.
Stand the gate up alongside the gate post with the width of the pivot pin between the gate and post. The short vertical hinge leafs should be level with the gate and flat against the inside of the gate post. Place blocks under the gate to hold it at the height and ground clearance desired.
Press the vertical hinge leafs flat against the gate post and draw circles inside the screw holes with the pencil. Flip the hinges back toward the gate and drill holes in the center of the drawn circles.
Flip the hinges back in place and use the drill and screwdriver bit to drive screws into the drilled holes and tight against the hinge.
Remove the blocks and the gate will swing in the direction the hinges are mounted on. If the gate is heavy, attach the third hinge in the center of the gate in the same manner as the other two hinges.
Things You Will Need
- Portable drill
- Drill bit
- Screwdriver bit
- Tape measure
- Should the gate be too heavy for the screws provided with the hinges, use heavier screws, or drill completely through the gate and attach the hinges with appropriate sized bolts and nuts. Use heavier screws to attach the vertical leaf to the post as well.
- Should the T style hinge’s vertical leaf prove too narrow for the post, you can use a door-style strap hinge with two long leafs.