Add some appeal to your aluminum fence by installing a decorative gate. These step-by-step instructions will teach you how to attach and adjust a gate to your fence.
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Plan the swing of the gate(s) — toward the enclosed area or away from it — for easiest entry and exit.
Refer to the gate manufacturer’s instructions for specific details on setting hinges. For many models, line up the hinges on the post with the top and bottom of the adjacent fence panel rails. This helps distribute the weight of the gate.
Hold the gate in position next to the hinges.
Attach the gate to the hinges with screws or bolts. Some manufacturers include the fasteners with the gate. Be sure to drive a screw in every hole.
Verify that the gate opens and closes freely before continuing.
Hold the gate latch arm at a comfortable height on the gate, drill pilot holes, then secure it with screws or bolts.
Hold the latch on the gate post so that it lines up with the arm, drill pilot holes and attach with screws or bolts.
If the gate has self-closing hinges that require a tension adjustment, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for specifics. The following steps are for a typical spring hinge adjustment.
Hold the adjustment nut with a wrench, and turn the tension screw on the side.
Turn the nut accordingly to increase or decrease the tension.
Tighten the tension screw to retain the adjustment. Adjust both hinges equally for smooth and balanced operation.
Install the hinge caps.
To maintain a decorative metal fence: