No matter the type, size or material of a gate, it always needs hinges to work properly. In other words, it is an essential part of a gate. Installing gate hinges might be done by professional technicians. But the truth is that you can also learn how to install gate hinges. Gate hinges are simple pieces that mostly need a proper measure, the right screws, and common sense to be mounted.
Learning the way of install different type gate hinges is especially valuable for domestic gates. For instance, it is common that from time to time you want to re-decor your home.
In addition, if you move out and want to add your own style, a new door is an interesting piece to help you with it.
Also, gates might require some repair due to accidents. With this 10 steps guide, you will find easy to do it yourself.
1. Choose the Height to Install the Hinges
Firstly, you must select the points where to install the hinges. Usually, gates need two or three hinges. Consequently, you will need to mark them all. To do so, use the mounting brackets. Start positioning the first mounting bracket on the highest upper side of the gate. After that, continue with the second and third bracket.
In order the find the right height, consider checking other doors to see if they fit with yours. The instructions to install the hinges or the gate might also include a guide to help you with it.
2. Mark the Location of the Holes for the Mounting Brackets
After you place the mounting brackets, mark the location of the holes in that position. The marks should be done on the gate and on both sides of the post.
3. Drill Pilot Holes on the Gate
Drill all the necessary pilot holes on the gate. Make sure they are deep enough to accept the screws.
4. Secure the Mounting Bracket
Now that the holes are ready, secure the mounting bracket to the gate using the screws. Do not let them too tight as they might need adjustment when you add the hinges.
5. Add and Secure the Hinge
After securing the mounting bracket proceed to secure the hinge to the mounting bracket using the proper screws.
6. Mark the Location for the Holes of the Hinge on the Gate
Now put the hinge against the post and mark its position. In addition, mark the holes to know where you will drill them. Repeat the procedure with all 2 or 3 hinges.
7. Drill Pilot Holes
After marking the hinges and their holes, proceed to drill the pilot holes.
8. Attach the Hinges
Proceed to attach the hinges using the screws, but do not overtighten as you will need to try it to confirm it is well positioned and match with the part in the gate.
9. Check for Level
After completing the preliminary installation, proceed to check if they have the proper level. In addition, check if the mounting brakes and the hinges match correctly.
10. Adjust the Screws for the Final Installation
When you are sure of the level of the hinges and mounting brackets and that they match, then adjust and tighten the screws.
In addition to all the above, consider reading carefully and in detail the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Every hinge has its own particular features that will have to check. Most of the times they are referred to the size of the screws and holes, the recommended height or other similar.
To sum up, this guide will help you learn how to install gate hinges for almost any gate. If you follow them all and check the instructions for specific details, your success is guaranteed.