2000 - Volume #24, Issue #1, Page #33[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Homemade Gate Latches
The first consists of a 1/2-in. dia. rod that extends all the way through the wooden fence post and then 2 to 3 in. into the top rail on the gate. A simple lock hasp, that closes over an eye screw, logs the pin in place.
The other latch I made consists of a U-shaped metal bracket welded to the end of an old barn door hinge. It simply flips down over the top of the gate. Works good for lightweight walk-through gates although you could build it as heavy as needed for any size gate. (Marland M. Old, Rt. 1, Box 141B, New Boston, Texas 75570)
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