Hang a new farm gate

Today we’ll show you how to hang a new farm gate in a pasture fence.

This is the third step in completing the entire project of replacing a farm gate. But rather than packing it all into one long video, we’ve broken it down into three videos, each covering a fundamental piece of the project. They are:

For this project we used a John Deere 5060E Utility Tractor (US CA), and a Frontier PHD395 Post Hole Digger (US CA).

We also needed several different hand tools and supplies. It’s a pretty long list, but you can find a downloadable copy of it right here on Tips Notebook.

After replacing the end post and H-brace and adding the tight wire support between the new end post and the brace post, we’re ready to hang the new gate.

We remeasured the distance between the new end post and the opposite end post at multiple points throughout the project – and doing that has really paid off. Because if the new 16-foot (4.9 m) gate didn’t fit perfectly, we’d have a real problem.

But it does, so let’s proceed. Step 1 is to use the long level or other straight edge to mark a perfectly vertical line on the end post.

Then, measure the distance between the bottom of the bottom gate hinge and the top of the top gate hinge and use that distance to mark the 2 spots on the end post where the new post hinges will be installed.

Next, being careful to keep the drill bit level, drill a 1/2-inch (1.27 cm) hole at each of those 2 points and screw in the ¾-inch (1.9 cm) threaded post hinges. That’s not something you’ll probably be able to do barehanded. So, our tool list includes a long combination wrench you can use for added leverage.

Time to hang the gate. The nut that holds the top gate hinge in place can be loosened so it drops below the top post hinge making it easy to connect the gate hinge to the post hinge. Set the bottom gate hinge in place, then raise the top gate hinge, slipping onto the post hinge. Then tighten the nut and bolt, securing it in place.

Here’s one more tip. After hanging the gate, if you find you need to level it slightly, adjust the depth of the top hinge in the end post. Screwing it in or out will adjust the gate’s level as needed.

Now all that’s left is adding the latch chain, and this project is DONE! Which calls for high fives all around.

Don’t forget, always read the Operator’s Manual before storing or operating any piece of equipment and follow all operating and safety instructions.

And remember, if you’re looking for equipment that’s built to get the job done season after season, year after year, you’ll find it – and all kinds of advice on how to use it – every day at your John Deere dealer.

Helpful Links:

Frontier Equipment (US CA)

Frontier Post Hole Diggers (US CA)

John Deere Utility Tractors (US CA)

Replace a wire fence end post and H-brace

Wire an end post and brace post together

How to use a PTO-driven post hole digger

How to tear out a fence row

How to build a rail fence

Find Your Dealer (US CA)