Adjusting Tension on Gate Hinges

Our gate hinges are spring loaded to allow for self-closing gates.  Depending on what style of gate you are installing, there will be 1 of 2 different types of hinges utilized to attach gate and post.

Vinyl Gate Hinge              Aluminum Gate Hinge

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Below please find the steps on how to adjust the tension on the hinge for each style.


  • Take the 2-3/4″ long gate tension pin that comes with your hinge and insert it into the wheel on the cylinder shaft of the hinge.
  • Rotate the 2-3/4″ long gate tension pin to allow for removal of small “stop” pin.
  • Remove the “stop” pin and place in forward hole to increase tension and reverse hole to decrease tension.

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  • Take a flat head screwdriver and place on top center of hinge cylinder in the slot.
  • Push down and twist the slot to increase or decrease tension on the spring. You will want to keep constant downward pressure to be able to turn it.
  • Once it is set in position, release pressure and it will pop back up and lock into place.
  • Clockwise turn will increase tension and counterclockwise turn will decrease tension.
  • Repeat for underside of hinge.

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