Question - Which way should my gate swing?

Answered by: Lawrence Powell  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 22-06-2022  |  Views: 1431  |  Total Questions: 8

A gate should always swing inward toward private space, not outward toward public space. The hinges can be placed on either side of a single gate. If the gate will swing into a sloping hillside, mount the hinges on the downhill post. Position your top hinge against the gate at the top cross brace. Depending on the hinge style, you can install it on the exterior of the fence or on the interior of the gate. Place the hinges where the gate will swing in the direction you desire, either away from the enclosure or into it. One quick way to square up a gate is to drive a screw eye into the upper corner of the gate on the hinge side and another into the lower corner on the gate side. Run wire and a heavy-duty turnbuckle from one screw eye to the other, and tighten the turnbuckle until the gate frame is square. For gates with standard 2x4 framing and 4x4 posts, leave a 1/2- to 3/4-inch space between the latch post and the gate frame. On the hinge side, it will depend on the hardware you use. About 1/4 inch is usually sufficient. Gates that open outward open onto pathways and even into the road. This is not acceptable for safety reasons and because they could cause an obstruction. Unless there is sufficient space on the property to accommodate them opening fully, swing gates should open inwards towards the prepertry.

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Justor double action spring hinges allow doors to swing in both directions and provide a self closing function. They are frequently used in hospitals, hotels and restaurants.

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Remove the blocks and allow the door to swing in the opposite direction. If the door swings too easily, insert a hex wrench into the holes on the bottom of both hinges. Use the hex wrench to turn the end of the cylinder clockwise, tightening the spring. Do both hinges the same way.

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Double acting spring hinges allow the door to open 180 degrees in either direction and spring action returns door to center closed position. Saloon Door Hinges is another name for these hinges. The manufacturer recommends using three hinges per door for heavier doors. Two hinges may be used for lighter doors.

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A compression cross-brace takes weight from the top bar and transfers it by pushing down against the bottom hinge, or a vertical component or post, which transfers load to both hinges. Hinge Side on Right with Brace running from Top of latch side to bottom of hinge side. Typical on Wooden Gates.

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Mix enough two-part epoxy wood putty to fill the crack and trowel it in with a putty knife. Wait for the putty to set, then swing the hinge back and drill a 1/4-inch pilot hole through each of the holes in the hinge. Drive a screw into each hole. Reinforce the gate with a cable if the wood itself is twisted.

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As far as the foundation for your posts, to support a swing gate, they should be at least 36 to 40 inches in the ground and in at least a 12 inch diameter concrete sauna tube.

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These hinges keep both post and gates flush when hung on the front or back of the post. Cranked Hook and Band. When hung on the front or back of the post the gate sits proud of the post. Straight Hook and Band. When hung on the front or back of the post the hinges allow the post and gate to remain flush.