Dear 360 Yardware,
I have a double wooden gate that swings out toward the street. Can you recommend hardware for us?
Rob’s question is a great one. What I told him is that he’d need hinges, a gate latch, a gate stop, and a cane bolt (also called a drop bolt). The choice of hardware should be guided by style, material (choosing an appropriate material for your location), and budget.
Double gates have a ‘functional’ gate and and a ‘fixed’ gate. The fixed gate can be opened and closed as needed, but it stays closed the majority of the time.
With an out-swinging gate, the latching hardware must be installed on the outside of the gate.
What you’ll see on the outside of the gates: the barrels of the hinges on both gates. On the functional gate, you’ll see the latching side of the gate latch, and the catch for the latch.
What you’ll see on the inside of the gates: on the fixed gate, you’ll see the cane bolt/drop bolt and the gate stop. On the functional gate, you’ll see the non-latching side of your gate latch.
What we’ve drawn below is the most typical out-swinging gate hardware layout. It includes:
- 6 Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Hinges (Brass, Bronze, Stainless, or Steel)
- 1 Gate Latch (Bronze, Stainless)
- 1 Gate Stop
- 1 Cane Bolt/Drop Bolt to hold the fixed gate in place