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“Pigtail Hook” Keeps Gates Shut
By modifying a big 40-penny nail, Leonard Seltzer made a “pigtail hook” that he says works great to keep livestock gates shut.
He used a torch to heat the nail and bent it into a circle, then welded a small loop onto one end. The pigtail hooks onto a chain wrapped around the gate and post.
“It’s easy to put on and take off, and it won’t jump out of the chain. Animals can push against the chain all they want, but the pigtail won’t come out,” says Seltzer. “I’ve used this idea for years and have never had a pigtail come unhooked. The idea works on a lot of other things that you regularly have to hook and unhook, like a flagpole.”
A big S-hook could be used instead of a nail and might bend easier after being heated up, says Seltzer. “Deciding what material to make the pigtail hook from will be determined mostly by the size of your chain and its application.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Leonard Seltzer, 16040 Manhattan Rd., Manhattan, Ill. 60442 (ph 779 279-5116).

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #6