Introducing Our New Hinge Reinforcer
For gate posts, we recommend 2 3/8 pipe driven 4.5 feet into the ground.
Properly installed, the Reinforcer more than doubles the thread “bite” of the screws holding the hinge. It also creates a mechanical bond between the hinge and the galvanized pipe. This relieves the stress on the vinyl post and transfers the weight load of the gate, as well as the torque, to the steel pipe.
Determine where you need the hinges located. Pictures shown have the Reinforcer centered at 16 inches and 54 inches from the ground. This may vary due to the fence height, style and terrain, etc. These dimensions are an example only.
In this case, the center of the Reinforcer is marked on the pipe for reference.
Install the Post Pro lower collars 3 inches below the reference marks, cup side up and plumb the top and bottom lower collars with a level.
Now the vinyl sleeve can slide over the assemblies – a little trickier than just over the collars but with a screwdriver or small scraper, you can slide it over. (the rail holes may catch on the assemblies)
Once the sleeve is in place, set the desired height. Now hinges can be installed at desired height.
Now the hinge is firmly fastened through the assembly to the galvanized pipe. (see