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Gate Installation – Fixing to Timber Strainer Posts.

These tips for gate installation will help you to hang the perfect gate.


Tools Needed:

  • Drill and Bits
  • Spirit level
  • Tape measure
  • Shifter
  • Gate Hardware Kit – FG4 or FG9
  • Timber blocks (for temporarily propping the gate)

To Install onto timber Strainer Posts.

  1. Ensure that your gate has 50mm clearance between the two strainer posts – see our tips on choosing your gate size
  2. Place the gate on a set of blocks evenly between the two strainer posts – this will assist in working out where to place your hinges.
    The blocks need to be tall enough to leave clearance at ground level for the gate to swing, but short enough to stop small animals getting under the gate.
    Temporarily secure the gate with wire.
  3. Open up your Gate fitting pack, and remove washers and nuts from both the Gudgeon Thread and the Top-Strap Thread.
    On each fitting put back one nut and one washer – these will tighten against the post.
  4. Choose your hinge positioning – normal practice is to install hinges in the centre of the post – this allows for  a gate to be opened from either side of the fence.
    If you are only opening the gate from one side, then place the hinges at 45 degrees to the fence, this will allow for the gate to completely fold back onto the fence.
  5. To Attach the hinges (FG4 or FG9)
    • Line up where you want the bottom Gudgeon bolt to be, and mark your post where the Gudgeon thread will pass through.
      Mark another point on the post 25mm below the Gudgeon thread – this will be for the anti-twist bar.
    • Line up where you want the top hinge to be and mark your post where the hinge thread will pass through.
      Mark another point on the post 25mm to the side of the Top-Strap thread – this will be for the anti-twist bar.
    • Drill your four marked points with an 18mm auger bit – note the thread holes need to be drilled all the way through, the anti-twist bar may only need to be drilled 100mm (depending on your post size)
    • Hammer in your bottom Gudgeon thread – it should be a tight fit to stop moisture entering the hole.
      Place the gate onto the Gudgeon –  with the mesh side of the gate being on the side where you have more stock pressure.
    • Hammer in your Top Strap thread, ensuring that the hook of the hinge goes around the top of the gate.
    • Install remaining washers and nuts onto Gudgeon and Top-Strap, so that the gate is fixed into position.
  6. Adjust the gate
    • Using your spirit level, adjust the nuts to lift up or lower the gate, so that it is horizontal
    • Test your gates swing
  7. Install the Latch
    • Drill an undersized pilot hole for the latch chain into your post, and then screw in your chain with a shifter  – this should be a tight fit.
    • Drill an undersized pilot hole for the fixing eyelet, and then screw in your chain with a shifter  – this should be a tight fit.
    • The chain should sag slightly for easy opening and closing.