Hanging a garden gate is a simple three-step job that a novice handyman can complete in about an hour. Once you decide which side of the gate will be hinged, you affix the hinges to the gate. You place the gatein position, level it and screw the hinges to the gate post. Although a wide variety of hinge-types are available, standard T-type hinges are simple to install on just about any wooden gate and gate post. This job requires no special tools or advanced carpentry skills.
Lay the gate on a flat surface, hinge-side up. Position the hinges on the gate where they will be installed. For secure installation, screw the strap portion of the hinges into the gate's rails. Align the edges of the hinge straps with the lateral edge of the gate so the pivoting portions extend just past the edge of the gate.
Tap shims between the gate and gate posts to hold it in place with a mallet. Recheck for level and add shims, as needed, until the gate is held firmly in place.