Fortress Gates Hinges are designed to be REVERSIBLE – so they can swing from a Left Hand or Right Hand post.
If your hinge is upside down (cap at bottom and opening at top) you will need to reverse it.
To reverse the hinge:
Remove the plastic oil cap to expose the ball bearing.
Please note, the ball bearing is held captive within the hinge barrel. It can move from end to end but cannot come out.
Place end-of-hinge pin against the ball bearing
Use a mallet or heavy block of wood to hit the hinge pin and dislodge the ball bearing from its retaining groove.
Do not use a metal hammer as it may burr the end of the hinge pin. This may take a good solid hit.
Tap ball bearing down until it snaps into the retaining groove at the other end.
Insert the plastic oil cap at the top section of the hinge to cover the ball bearing (the opposite end to where it was inserted before).
STEP 4 / ASSEMBLE
Place one side of the frame on firm ground – slide rails on.
If necessary use a mallet or block of wood to BUMP the rails on – do not use a metal hammer.
Bump the other side of the frame into place.
Secure the frame together using the Self-Drilling Screws supplied.
Whether your gate needs a brace or not will depend on the width and the type of cladding used. Generally speaking frames wider than 1.2m should have a diagonal brace. Some cladding such as Colourbond Sheeting will act as a brace once it is secured to the frame.
The brace starts at the Latch side and runs downwards to the bottom hinge. This is so that the brace joints are under compression and cannot come apart.
What if my brace doesn’t fit? Assemble the ‘Z’ shaped brace section first otherwise your frame will not go together.
What if my frame is too wide?
Approximately 300 mm can be cut off the width of our “HD” labelled products.
CAUTION – do not cut the wrong end of the brace or the frame could be ruined. Only cut back on the latch side.
STEP 5 / CLAD
Finish with your choice of cladding.
Drill hole in the timber only.
Place Self-Drilling Screw in the hole in timber.
Screw directly into the steel frame using an electric drill.