Am fitting some wooden gates
What is the correct direction to fit the hindge hooks ?
One up and one down would stop theft but all the weight is then taken by the
one pointing upwards
Whats the best suggested method ?
If you fit both hinges pointing upwards the chance of the weight of the gate
being equally supported by both hinges is virtually nil.
To achieve an equal distribution, the hinges on the post and gate would have
to be very accurately fitted and shimming washers would need to be used.
Without that sort of precision the gate weight would be supported by either
the top or bottom hinge.
If the gate weight is supported by only the top hinge you will find that
very soon the top of the post above the top hinge will crack, if for example
someone stands/swings on the gate.
If the gate weight is supported by only the bottom hinge then you have more
resistance to the post cracking should someone stand/swing on the gate.
The answer to your question is therefore:
a) fit the bottom hinge facing upwards to take the weight of the gate
b) fit the top hinge facing downwards as a security measure.
Not really. You fit the gate with one hinge, and support it on a bit of
wood. Then push the pin part of the other hinge up through the eye part
until it touches and screw it to the post. Any unequal distribution will be
minimal and will quickly be evened out by the hinge with the most weight on
it wearing until the other one takes its share. The hinges will last longer
if they're both pulling their weight.
A simple piece of angle screwed to the post will prevent the gate being
Well, I've got a heavy gate and I put both hinges in the pointing upwards. I
didn't seem to find it a problem to get the both at the right height, and
they are driven in, not screwed. Best to have the top hinge of the type that
goes right thro' the post with a nut on the back. Then you can adjust it
from time to time.
And the post hasn't cracked - it's oak.
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