Brooke here. The hinges are in.
Continuing the spirit of over-engineering the duck (quack) out of the fence, I found some black “heavy duty strap hinges” online. We purchased six; there are four 12″ hinges for the top and bottom, and two 5″ hinges for the center.
I was rather grumpy with the shipping costs, but they came in a box that was too heavy for me to lift and I had to drag it into the house. That previous sentence should be read as: I had no idea this hardware would be as massive as it is. Brown said that touching these hinges made you want to buy a cattle ranch and wear faded denim, growing gradually more rugged in the Western sun as Sam Elliott narrated how you casually moved a toothpick from one side of your mouth to the other.
Oh, you people always think I’m kidding.
Because the posts aren’t quite level (we aren’t sure why: they were level when we poured the concrete, they were level for a few months after that, and then they weren’t), we had to get adjustable hinges. You drill a hole 4″ into the post, then adjust the depth of the screw to get a level gate.
I’m not sure the gates will ever be scientifically level, but we’re aiming for cosmetically level, which is a totally different thing.
Once the plate and pin are attached to the post, you just take your gate and plop the eye hinge over the pin.
I’ve started building the gates. They will be 3″ thick and 5′ tall, and are already remarkably heavy. These hinges might be overkill, but not by too much.