1999 - Volume #23, Issue #4, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Home-Built Gate LatchI thought FARM SHOW readers might be interested in a gate latch that my father used to make when I was a boy. I've never seen them anywhere else. It can be used both to hold the gate closed and to hold it open to keep wind or gravity from blowing it closed. I use a 3-in. dia. steel ring hanging from a steel bracket bent into a U-shape that bolts to the gate post. When the gate swings closed, the ring rotates up into the slotted bracket. As the gate moves past, the ring drops down, holding the gate closed because it can't pivot up the other way. To open the gate, you just pull back on the gate and raise the ring up. It's simple and easy to open. All you need is a ring from 3 to 6 in. dia. and a piece of strap iron. (Marland Old, Rt. 1, Box 141B, New Boston, Tex. 75570)
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