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HOW TO INSTALL AN ALUMINUM GATE HINGE

RESIDENTIAL GRADE GATE HINGE INSTALLATION MANUAL

1.  WARNING !

1.1 These hinges can be adjusted to close a 6’ wide gate, but are optimized to close a  4’ wide gate (or smaller) when supplied with a low friction latch to conform with B.O.C.A. specifications.  However, like all mechanical devices, with age and wear, these hinges
will require periodic lubrication, readjustment and eventual replacement.
Just as you manually lock your home or car for security,  you must also manually verify the gate is secured each time, as the self-closing motion could be hampered by wind, an obstruction, etc.  Remember ,where children’s safety is involved, double check all barriers to prevent accidents.

2.  INSTALLATION (See Fig. 1)

HINGE SELECTION CHART

width

height

RESIDENTIAL, X'TRA & AERO
(LIGHT USAGE)

COMMERCIAL
(HEAVY USAGE)

UP TO 4'

+4' UP TO 6'

UP TO 4'

+4' UP TO 6'

3'

2

2

2

2

4'

2

2

2

2

5'

2

2

2

3

6'

2

2

3

4

7'

N/A

N/A

3

4

8'

N/A

N/A

3

4

NOTE: Not recommended to be used on gates over 6' wide.

2.2 Place the gate on blocks at the correct elevation and clamp the hinge post leafs to the post.  Make sure the tabs are flush with gate post.  The  hinges should be  placed within
1/4” of the gate top and bottom rails or as far apart as possible for the  best performance. Remove the gate and verify that the hinge post leafs are completely flush and plumb with the mounting surface, to avoid binding.  Attach the hinges to the post by drilling 7/64” pilot holes and fastening with the screws provided.  If a third hinge is used it should be located  below the top hinge and a fourth hinge should be located above the bottom hinge.
2.3 Center the gate into the opening. Check elevation, plumb and clearance, and clamp the gate to the hinge gate leafs. Drill 7/64” pilot holes and attach with the screws provided.
2.4 If the hinge is mounted on a flat surface you may need to shim out the hinge post leafs so that the hinge does not rub or bind against the mounting surface.
2.5    The enclosed screws are intended for securing the hinge to posts and gates.
If  the hinge is mounted to a masonry column, wood, etc., ask your local building supply dealer to recommend appropriate fasteners for your mounting application.
2.6    Add 4 drops of graphite film lubricant to the top of each hinge, taking care to remove any excess lubricant from painted surfaces.
2.7    Test the gate for smooth free swinging operation, then proceed to install the latch hardware as needed.

3.  HINGE ADJUSTMENT

3.1    To adjust hinge tension, depress the cam with a 5/16” wide tip slotted screwdriver and turn the cam 1/4  turn, then allow the cam to rise to engage the two detents.  Clockwise increases tension.

3.2    Check with the Building Officials as to local requirements and adjust as instructed.

3.3    In the absence of any local regulations, gates surrounding a pool or other similar risk, should be adjusted so gate can be opened 4”,  released, and the gate will latch securely. Repeat 5 times.  Note:  you must use a low friction type latch to meet  this requirement.

3.4      Adjustment Tips:

The hinge can be adjusted from either  end. Turn the cam clockwise to increase or counter clockwise to decrease tension.

Adjust one hinge at a time, 1/4 turn per adjustment, checking the operation after each adjustment.

Alternate adjustment between hinges so    that each hinge has preferably the same tension.

When allowing the cam to rise, wiggle the cam to help it engage the two detents.

4.  REGULAR MAINTENANCE

4.1    Check for proper gate operation daily when gate is in use.  Lubricate or adjust tension if necessary.

4.2    Keep gate and fence area free of debris and climbable objects.

4.3    Check fasteners for tightness and replace any worn or damaged parts