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Latchless Gate
I built this "Iatchless" gate years ago and it works perfectly. All you do is push it open and push it shut. Nothing to fasten. It's ideal for a big board gate 12 to 14 ft. long. When closed, the gate is held by a notched 2 by 6 in. board that's sloped toward the ground. When open, the gate rides on the 2 wheels. When you push the gate shut, it slides up the slope of the 2 by 6 and drops into the notch. When you push on the gate to open it, the leading wheel, which is 18 in. out from the gate, hits the ground and raises the gate smoothly out of the notch. You don't have to lift on the gate at all. One advantage of this design is that you don't need any hinges on the pivot end of the gate. It just hangs on a length of steel cable. (Robert Kraft, Rt. 1, Little Sioux, Iowa 51545)

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #1