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How to fit double gates
To secure with nails or screws. the gates in place
Place the gates in between the two gate posts and sit them on a level A piece of sawn, or dressed lumber of greater width than thickness. Usually 19mm (3/4") to 38mm (1 1/2") thick and 75mm (3") or more wide. packed up off the ground to the required height (see above picture). Place wedges or packers at the sides of the gates and the middle of the gates so that the gaps between the gates and posts are even, and the gates are ‘jammed in place’.
The gates should be able to stay in position by themselves while the hinges are screwed in place.
Check that the gate opens.
Take out all wedges and packers and see how the gates open.
The gate with the offset hinge should lift above raised ground when opened.
Finishing touches to the gates
Close the gates and add the hardware.
Fit the A metal rod that has a head on one end and threads on the other and is used to fasten together lumber. The most common bolts used or referred to in projects within this website are coach/carriage bolts and hex bolts. and gate The locking device on a door or window.. Note that usually the latch should be put half-way up the gate, but if the gate is to keep little kids in or out, then put the gate latch towards the top of the gate.
Finally, cut a hole in the gate handy to the latch and big enough to put a hand through. This is so the gate can be opened from inside or outside.
Note: There is also another benefit to the “offset hinge”: the gate will always swing shut by itself, merely because of gravity.