How to Install Gate Latch?

How to Install Gate Latch?

How to Install Gate Latch?

A gate can be made more secure with the use of a gate latch. Some models feature a key-operated locking mechanism, while others are only gate latches that can be secured with a padlock or another type of device.

Chain Link Gate Latches, Ornamental Metal Gate Latches, Vinyl Gate Latches, and Wood Gate Latches are all available at Fitting Plus Company, which carries the greatest quality Chain Link Gate Latches, Ornamental Metal Gate Latches, and Vinyl Gate Latches that the industry has to offer. We are pleased to be able to provide gate latches for sliding as well as swinging fence gates. These gate latches are available in a variety of materials, including aluminum, steel, polymer, and stainless steel.

There are many different kinds of gate latches, such as single gate latches, double gate latches, pool gate latches, and even a gate latch that is made entirely of wood! Whatever it is that you could possibly require, we ought to have it here. If you haven't been able to find what you're looking for, please get in touch with us so that we can help.


The process of installing a gate latch will be covered in this post.




How to Install Gate Latch?

Fortunately, replacing an old latch with a new one or installing a new latch is a rather basic process. It calls for the use of only a few fundamental tools but can make a significant impact on the way your gate functions as well as its overall appearance.

Although there is a great deal of variability in the designs and appearances of latches, the procedure of installing them will typically be the same as what is outlined here.


Let's take a look at each stage involved in the process of installing a gate lock!

Tools & Materials Needed

  1. A grease pencil or a marker
  2. Drill/Driver
  3. Screwdriver
  4. Hardware for gates
  5. Pilot hole drill bit

Step 1: Select gate hinges and prepare the gate.

You can modernize the appearance of your gate by replacing the hinges, or you can add additional functionality by installing a spring hinge that automatically closes the gate. Either fittings plus or the hardware store in your neighborhood will have a good selection of hinges for you to pick from.

The vast majority are either silver or black in color, and while all of them have some degree of decoration, some are more elaborate than others. Your gate will be more stable if you use a "T-hinge," which is distinguished by the fact that the gate-side leaf of the hinge extends in a horizontal direction and is attached to a greater portion of the gate's frame.

In terms of the "anatomy" of a hinge, the pin is what the hinge pivots on, and the leaves are like wings that reach out in either direction from the pin. Both of these components are attached to the hinge by means of the nut. Some hinges feature an adjustable spring that allows the gate to be closed after it has been opened.


A galvanized metal hinge will resist corrosion for a longer period of time than a standard metal hinge, particularly when it is located near saltwater. In general, larger hinges will be packaged with larger screws, and larger hinges will lend greater stability to your gate in comparison to smaller hinges.

  • Make sure the gate is closed and fastened before you begin. When you take the gate off its hinges, you should stabilize it by placing wooden blocks underneath it.
  • Remove the screws that are already attached to the upper hinge. You will need to remove the screws from the post-side of the hinge as well as from the gate itself in order to get the gate off its hinges.

Step 2: Make marks and do preliminary drilling for the new top hinge.

After you have opened your new hinge so that the leaves are extending out from the pin, place it next to your gate and the gate post at the location where you will be attaching it. Put a mark on the locations where the new holes will go.

Be certain that you will be screwing into the gate frame, and not simply a fence board, before beginning the project. If it's necessary, do some predrilling. If you have selected a sturdy hinge, it most likely came with lag screws, which are described as having a big diameter and a hex-shaped head.

Before the lags can be installed, they will most likely need a pilot hole to be drilled first that is smaller than the final diameter of the hole.


Step 3: Fix the newly installed hinge to the gate and the post.

Loosen the gate screws before installing them. Make sure there is something for the screws to bite into when attaching both of the hinge's wings; one leaf should be attached to the post, and the other should be attached to the gate.

After you have confirmed that the gate opens and closes correctly, you will then thoroughly tighten the screws.

Step 4: Continue with steps 1, 2, and 3 for the lower hinge.

  1. Perform the previous steps for the second or other hinge (s)
  2. Ensure that the hinge screws are tight and, while lifting up on the gate to prevent it from sagging, swing the gate open slightly and then shut it. This will allow you to test whether everything is aligned correctly and ensure that the gate will latch.

Make any necessary adjustments. When everything is running nicely, you can go back and thoroughly tighten the screws.


Step 5: Take off the previous latch

The "gravity gate latch" is by far the most popular form of gate latch; nevertheless, there are many different kinds available to satisfy a variety of requirements.

In the same way that black and silver are typical colors for hinges, black and silver are frequent colors for latches as well. However, there are distinctions in the manner that these latches work, how they lock, and how quickly they can be operated from either side of the gate.

Installing a post-mount gate latch is the solution recommended for most homeowners who are looking for a latch that can be used simply from either side of the gate. With this configuration, the bolt is fixed in place and mounts on the gate. The fact that it locks into a handle with two ends removes the necessity of having to reach over the gate in order to open it.

When it comes time to replace the latch on your gate, be sure to pay attention to whether it swings outward, inward, or in both directions. Based on this information, you may select a latch that best meets your requirements.


Step 6: Setting up the new latch 

  1. Mounting the bolt to the gate frame are your tasks.
  2. Make sure the post-side latch is aligned, then fasten it with screws.

It really is that easy!

We had to make sure that the bolt did not protrude too far from the gate and run into a corner of the house that is protruded at the opening of the gate. This was an essential factor that we had to take into consideration.

It is important to check that the location of your gate latch does not prevent the gate from swinging freely.


Optional: Installing a Gate Latch Pull String or Cable 

Installing a gate latch cable or string, while not required for all gates, makes it much simpler to open the gate latch from the outside. This is especially relevant when it comes to a more elevated gate that makes it difficult to reach over and unhook the lock.

The first thing you need to do is make a mark on the spot that is directly behind the top of the gate latch mechanism or striker. This is the best location for a gate latch cable since it will enable you to pull the cable or string entirely unconstrained. This is the optimal placement for a gate latch cable. You'll frequently come across gates that have holes that are positioned too high above the latch mechanism. This results in a gate latch cable that doesn't work very well.

After that, drill a hole straight through the area that you designated on the gate post using a drill bit that is between 5/16 and 1/2 inches in diameter. Depending on the thickness of the gate post, you may need to drill from both sides before you can proceed. Run the string or cable through the hole that you just bored, and then tie it off or install it in a secure location to the hole that is located at the very top of the gate latch mechanism.


Important Tips to install a Gate Latch

  1. The requirements of section 309.4 must be met by all operable components of doors and gates, including handles, pulls, latches, and locks. The lowest operable component of this hardware must be at least 34 inches (865 mm) above the finish floor or ground, and the highest operable part may not be lower than 48 inches (1220 mm).

  1. On the other hand, gate locks are manufactured to be fitted outside so that they can accept the seasonal movement of the wood. We recommend that gates be installed so that there is a gap of between 3/8 inches and 1/2 inches between the edge of the gate and the jamb. For standard door sets, the recommended installation clearance is no more than 1/4 inch.