Babington Closeboard Gate Universal Hanging


Ring Latch Gate Closing Kit - Epoxy Black

Ring Latch Gate Closing Kit – Galvanised

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This gate is a great value framed, ledged and multi braced stop morticed closeboard gate which has been manufactured using pressure treated softwood boards. The gate has a height of 1.76m with width of 0.9m. The universal framing allows the gate to be hung on either side.

The frame on this gate is made from chunky 4×2 timbers meaning it is much sturdier than other closeboard gates. The feather edge boards used are 100mm (4”) .

How to Hang a Garden Gate

To hang a garden gate correctly you will require:

1 x pair of galvanised T-hinges (18” for most gates, 24” hinges for a 1.2m wide gate)*
2 x  Brenton bolts*
1 x Ring latch*
1 x shutting strip/gate stop*

Preparing to Hang your Gate

It is very important to make sure you have solid and level posts and/or wall plates in position before attempting to hang the gate. Ensure the spacing it correct between the posts/wall plates. The gap should be the width of the gate PLUS around 20mm. This extra 20mm will allow for the timber to expand or contract depending on the temperature and weather conditions. In the hot summer weather (fingers crossed!) the moisture will evaporate from the wood and the gate can shrink considerably. Conversely, in the winter when it’s colder and consistently wet the wood will swell up with the extra moisture, so when planning your gate installation this must be accounted for.

How to Attach  Hinges and Hang your Gate

The hinges should be screwed to the gate top and bottom (although there’s a middle support on the gate, there’s no requirement for 3 hinges to be fitted). Make sure the hinges are perfectly square, and leave a tiny gap between the edge of the gate and the butt of the hinge to ensure it doesn’t ‘rub’ when opening and closing, and likewise make sure when attaching the hinges to the post or wall plate make sure the gate swings ‘freely’ and doesn’t pinch or rub.

There should be a small gap at ground level (around 10-15mm is usually ok in most cases). Never allow the gate to drag along the floor.

hanging gate

How to Attach Closing Latch and Bolts

Once the gate is successfully hung and you’re happy that it swings freely, it’s time to attach the latch and bolts to close the gate. With our kit, we supply a ring latch and 1 Brenton Bolt, an additional Brenton Bolt is required. The ring latch is attached to the middle support of the gate and allows the gate to shut (not lock) without swinging open. There is a ring on both sides of the gate to allow opening from both directions. The 2 Brenton bolts should be fixed top and bottom of the gate and should be used whenever the gate is not in use. The Brenton bolts will prevent the gate from twisting. Wood being a natural product, will sometimes move, and we have seen cases where a gate starts out perfectly level with the posts etc, but after a heat wave etc can twist slightly because of the wood moving as it dries out. Adding a bolt top and bottom will help prevent this from happening.

Lastly, make sure the shutting strip is screwed to the fence post to ensure the gate can’t bend back on itself as shown below:

shutting strip diagram - hang gate

Product specification

Height - 1.76m
Width - 0.9m OR 1.2m
Universal hanging
Frame construction - 4 x 2 timber (100 x 50mm approximately).

Additional information

Weight 25 kg


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