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Vinyl Fence - Installing a hinge on a vinyl gate - HOOVER FENCE COMPANY
Installation Tips

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Information About Vinyl Gates:
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Double Drive Gates and Single Gate Installation

  • Single gates require one REGULAR gate kit.
  • Gate kit includes 2 gate uprights and diagonal brace. Hardware sold separately.
  • Fence section purchased separately.
  • Available in all vinyl fence styles.
  • Allow a space of 1-3/4" between the hinge post and latch post when determining the size of each gate to allow room for hinges and latch assembly.
  • Preassembled gates available in 50" width only.


  • Double drive gates require one REGULAR gate kit and one OPPOSITE gate kit (brace holes located on the opposite side). Double drive gates require a Drop Pin Kit, purchased separately.
  • Allow a space of 2-3/4" between the hinge posts when determining the size of each gate to allow room for hinges and latch assembly.


Please read these instructions thoroughly before beginning the assembly.

  • Use extreme care when applying PVC cement as it dries quickly.
  • During assembly, lay PVC components on a non-abrasive surface (such as a drop cloth) to avoid scratching.
  • Clean PVC with a mild detergent and plastic scouring pad.
  • Assemble PVC components without using excessive force to avoid breakage.
  • Socket gate will not rack.
  • Gate must be assembled prior to fence to accurately locate hinge and latch post.
  • Gate horizontal rails will line up with fence horizontal rails.
  • Gate requires 2" clearance under bottom 2 x 4 rail on level ground.
  • Gate hardware requires 1" gap for hinge and 3/4" gap for latch.
  • Hinge and latch post must be installed correctly with rebar and concrete as shown in the "concrete the posts" section of our installation tips for vinyl fence.
  • Gate hardware must be mounted on two sides of post.
  • All gates supplied with locking latch and self-closing hinge system.


  • Measuring Tape
  • Shim stock
  • Screw driver (Phillips #2)
  • Regular Screw driver to activate spring in hinge
  • Saw with Masonary Blade
  • Various Drill Bits 1/8", 3/16", 1/4"
  • 7/16" wrench
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Drop Cloth
  • Drill
  • Leveling Blocks
  • Level
  • Square
  • Pencil

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