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How do I keep the gate closed?

Discussion in 'Fencing, Housing, Manure Management' started by soarwitheagles, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. Jun 5, 2016
    soarwitheagles

    soarwitheagles True BYH Addict

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    norseofcourse

    norseofcourse Herd Master

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    I use chains, too, with a slightly different 'latch'. I can open or close it one-handed, even with gloves on.
    gatelatch.jpg

    Because my fence is electric, I have a short section of board fence adjacent to the gate, so I don't get shocked every time I open and close a gate! It also gives me a good place to put the water tub.
     
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    @norseofcourse ...my goats would unlatch that in a heartbeat. But on gates where there are no goats I think I might try those.
     
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    Southern by choice

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    Ok... cuz I LOVE :love:love:love:love:love:love my latch.

    I need to order 3 of the one ways.
    This is the 2 way

    I still need to drill through that center hole for extra safety. I do like that I can also clip it . :D =D:D =D:D =D:D =D:D =D:D =D:D =D:D =D:D =D June 5,2016 084.JPG June 5,2016 085.JPG

    We just ordered ours right from the company... doesn't seem like amazon has any price difference. :hu
     
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  5. Jun 6, 2016
    Bossroo

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    An animal rubbing an itch on the gate will cause the clamp to rotate and then the gate will open. :thI would heartily recommend that you screw in a self tapping screw on the gate clmp part in it's middle and into the gate metal. :)
     
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    Southern by choice

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    yep, that is what we have to do with every gate and you are 100% right- it Will happen.

    our LGD's have broken more gates and latches from hitting the gates. Not all our dogs are people friendly. :\ Nothing worse than that latch swinging and bam there goes the gate. :somad
     
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    we just latch ours with a chain too.. but we have a Tpost and then a gate and the gate is attached to a wooden post. Would those latches work with a Tpost? It doesn't look like it :hu I know that the chain on our gate is a pain and in this heat and being shorter I have to reach over the gate an always burn or tear up my arm on the fence :th
     
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    soarwitheagles

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    Thank you everyone for sharing your ideas and suggestions.

    Wow, this BYH is a wonderful community of people. Being a city slicker and knowing next to nothing about any type of farming or ranching, I have learned so much from people here.

    Most of what I have learned I wouldn't have been able to figure out in hundreds of years!

    Awesome group of people here!

    Thanks again and I would like to say a special thanks for all who took the time and effort to post pictures of the various types of latches, the pros and cons of these latches, and what they look like.

    I am posting a pic of the first gate latch I have ever installed and it works like a charm!

    Gate Latch.JPG
     
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    Southern by choice

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    Don't you love it! :weee
     
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    Make sure you drill and put a set screw through that hole on the gate side clasp. That will keep the whole clasp from turning if pressure is placed against the gate.