How to hold screws in a vinyl gate?


I installed a vinyl fence and gate last year. All the fence post have wood inserts for stability. My problem is the gate. Because of wind, the screws that go into the gate itself pulled out. Since it is a gate I did not install the wooden post inside due to the weight. What is the best way to connect the hinges to the gate without having them pull out? I also had the latch on the other side pull out so I would assume what works on the hinges would work on the latch. Thanks,

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  • I think you need to install the wood post inside to give the screws something to grab.

    • Joe Joe on Apr 21, 2021

      My problem is the gate not the anchor post. Wood in the gate will make it too heavy I'm afraid.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 18, 2021

    Hello. Is your gate hollow.? More information might be helpful. If not hollow and you wish to repair and redrill I would suggest to fill the holes and redrill re-insert the screws- I would suggest using epoxy putty. That is a soft clay like repair putty that hardens — you can fill defects with and re-drill through.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Apr 18, 2021

    Could you post a picture of your gate and the hardware that has come undone so that we can see exactly what you have to work with?

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 18, 2021

    Agree with Ann about adding a wood post. Your screws will be able to grab the wood better and is stronger then plastic.

    Hubby got a product from Lowes called Rock Hard Putty (sorry can't remember the brand name off hand). This is a dry powder that you add water to and we have found this to be a VERY useful product around our house. Hope this would work for you too!

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Apr 18, 2021

    Hi Joe

    I found some info that may help you out

    you could also ask for help at your local hardware or big box store like Home Depot or Lowes

  • This might give you some ideas...

  • William William on Apr 18, 2021

    You can use toggle bolts.

  • Betsy Betsy on Apr 20, 2021

    Hi Joe: I'm thinking that you need some wood inside of gate post. If not a complete post, perhaps, if the top and bottom are open, you can insert something like a shim inside. Glue them where the holes would go, and when dry, drill through the wood and insert some bolts and see if you can put washers and nuts on the screws. It won't be easy, but you can do this :)

    Good luck

  • Joe Joe on Apr 21, 2021

    Here are a couple of pics.

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