How to Replace Garden Gate Hinges

Fixing a broken or damaged gate can instantly perk up and upgrade the look of your home exterior. A lockable garden gate provides additional security to properties, so it is important to maintain it and ensure that it’s fully operational. To help make your DIY improvements easy, we have put together a simple guide on how to replace garden gate hinges. Scroll down for tips on selecting your hinges and steps on how to rehang a wooden gate with heavy duty gate T hinges.


Selecting your Gate Hinges

Our T hinges feature a rectangular-shaped knuckle which fits to the gate post and has a tapered strap which fits to the gate. We offer 300mm (12”), 400mm (16”) and 450mm (18”) T hinges to suit your gate or shed door installation as the width of your gate will determine the hinge length required. The hinge should be at least one third of the width of the gate. Our heavy duty gate hinges are sold in pairs and feature pre-drilled fixing holes ready for fitting.


Small gates will require 300mm (12”) T hinges and 400mm (16”) hinges for gates that are larger. For gates measuring over 900mm wide, we recommend our 450mm (18") T hinges as the longer length will stabilise the weight of the gate. Available in various sizes to suit your installation, our gate hinges in zinc finish and epoxy black finish provide a high level of weather protection.


Steps for Rehanging A Gate

TOP TIP: Fitting a large gate can be difficult if attempting it alone, so find yourself a friend to help make it easier!


For this task you will need: a screwdriver or drill, new heavy duty T hinges and screws, exterior-quality wood filler, new gate latch, bradawl, thin wooden wedges (or battens to hold gate level when rehinging).


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Remove the broken or rusty hinges with a screwdriver, along with any other fittings such as a gate latch. You may find it challenging to remove gate hinges that are particularly rusty, so try tapping the head of the screw first to loosen it up.


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Locate the screws holding the post to the wall. Tighten the screws to determine whether they are holding the post securely to the wall. If this has no effect, you may need to remove the gate post and insert new wall plugs into the old holes.


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The old screw holes may no longer correspond with the new T hinge holes, so fill the old holes with an exterior-quality wood filler. Allow it to set then sand and smooth.


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Screw the new hinge to the gate first then hold up the gate to the old post. Use the wooden wedges or prop up the gate with battens so it is raised to the correct height. Drill pilot holes first, then screw the hinge securely to the post. Insert the top and bottom screws to keep the gate in position while the remaining screws are inserted.


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Finally, close the gate to attach the new gate latch. Place the latch part on the post and mark the screw holes with a bradawl. Do the same with the bar part on the gate then screw both parts in place.


The installation of your garden gate should now be complete. Our high-quality selection of gate furniture features everything you need to operate a gate and secure you garden and shed.


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